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František Douda

Full name: František Douda
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (192 cm)
Weight: 212 lbs (96 kg)
Born: October 23, 1908 in Lhota Samoty, Jihočeský kraj, Czech Republic
Died: January 15, 1989 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Affiliations: Slavia Praha, Praha (CZE)
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

František Douda was one of five children of a farmer in a village in southern Bohemia. He began with athletics in the mid-1920s with self-study from books and homemade javelins and discs. In 1926 he competed with standard equipment for the first time and immediately broke the Czechoslovak junior record. Subsequently, he started training systematically and in May 1927 won five events (javelin, discus, shot put, long and high jump) in a high school meeting, a performance which attracted the attention of sports clubs in Praha, so after graduating from secondary school he moved there, working as a post office clerk.

At his first national senior championships, Douda exceeded 14 m with the shot and 44 m with the discus for the first time. During the next few years he set several Czechoslovak records. In 1931 during a meeting in Brno he became the first Czechoslovak to set a world record in athletics with 16.04 m in the shot put. He participated at the 1928 and 1932 Olympics in the shot and discus. Unfortunately, an old back injury reappeared when he made his second attempt at the Games in Los Angeles. In September 1932 he again set a world record with 16.20 in Praha. At the first European Athletics Championships in 1934 Douda won the only medal for Czechoslovakia, a bronze medal in the shot put. Later he studied electrical engineering and worked in the Ministry of Communications.

Personal Bests\: SP – 16.20 (1932); DT – 46.30 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Shot Put Czechoslovakia TCH 14 QR
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Men's Discus Throw Czechoslovakia TCH 20 QR
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Shot Put Czechoslovakia TCH 3 Bronze
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Men's Discus Throw Czechoslovakia TCH 15
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Men's Shot Put Czechoslovakia TCH 7

Men's Shot Put

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BM
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round 14 13.12
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round Group B 9 13.12
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 3 15.610
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round One 2 15.610
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Two 2 15.240 15.610
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Three 3 14.490 15.610
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Four 3 15.050 15.610
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Five 3 15.220 15.610
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Six NP 15.330
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round 7 15.28
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round One 7 15.09
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Two 7 15.05
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Three 7 15.28
1936 Summer 27 Berlin Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round NP QU

Men's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BM
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round 20 41.19
1928 Summer 19 Amsterdam Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round Group A 5 41.19
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 15 42.39
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round One 9 41.60
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Two 14 42.39 42.39
1932 Summer 23 Los Angeles Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Three 15 foul 42.39
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