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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 12, 1912
Date Finished: July 12, 1912

Gold: FIN Armas Taipale
Silver: USA Dick Byrd
Bronze: USA Jim Duncan

Summary

Since 1902, the discus throw had been the private property of Martin Sheridan of the United States. He had won the Olympic gold medal in 1904, 1906, and 1908; the AAU Championship in 1904, 1906-07, and 1911; and he also set approximately 16 world records. But after winning the AAU title in 1911, he retired, leaving the 1912 Olympic discus throw wide-open.

There were several challengers for Sheridan’s crown. On 5 August 1911, Finland’s Elmer Niklander broke Sheridan’s world record with a throw of 44.01. But shortly before the Olympics, America’s Jim Duncan shattered that mark by throwing 47.58 on 27 May 1912 in a both hands handicap competition at the New York Post Office Clerk’s Association Games. Duncan also won the eastern U.S. Olympic Trial.

But neither Niklander nor Duncan could match Finland’s Armas Taipale. Taipale led the qualifying easily with a throw of 43.91, which set a new Olympic record. Duncan qualified for the final with 42.28, but Niklander did not qualify, finishing fourth. In the final, Taipale improved even more, setting two more Olympic records with his first and third throws in the final. Duncan did not improve in the final and finished third.

The day after his discus gold medal, Taipale doubled with another gold medal in the both-hands discus competition. In 1920, he added a silver medal in the discus to his overall record. In 1913, he set his only world record, breaking Duncan’s mark with 47.85 at Magdeburg on 20 July 1913. In addition to his gold medal, Taipale was the Challenge Trophy for the discus throw, which had been donated in 1908 by Mrs. G. de Montgomery.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Armas Taipale 21 Finland FIN Gold 45.21 OR
2 Dick Byrd 19 United States USA Silver 42.32
3 Jim Duncan 24 United States USA Bronze 42.28
4 Elmer Niklander 22 Finland FIN 42.09
5 Hans Tronner 28 Austria AUT 41.24
6 Arlie Mucks 20 United States USA 40.93
7 George Philbrook 27 United States USA 40.92
8 Emil Magnusson 24 Sweden SWE 39.91
9 Rezső Ujlaki 20 Hungary HUN 39.82
10 Einar Nilsson 20 Sweden SWE 39.69
11 Ralph Rose 28 United States USA 39.65
12 Emil Muller 21 United States USA 39.35
13 Mikhail Dorizas 26 Greece GRE 39.28
14 Duncan Gillis 29 Canada CAN 39.01
15 Verner Järvinen 42 Finland FIN 38.60
16 Josef Waitzer 28 Germany GER 38.44
17 František Janda-Suk 34 Bohemia BOH 38.31
18 Aurelio Lenzi 20 Italy ITA 38.19
19 Károly Kobulszky 24 Hungary HUN 38.15
20 Larry Whitney 21 United States USA 37.91
21 György Luntzer 25 Hungary HUN 37.88
22 Avery Brundage 24 United States USA 37.85
23 Gunnar Nilsson 22 Sweden SWE 37.44
24 Emil Welz 33 Germany GER 37.24
25 Samu Fóti 21 Hungary HUN 36.37
26 Gunnar Bolander 22 Sweden SWE 36.22
27 Carl Johan Lind 28 Sweden SWE 36.07
28 Folke Fleetwood 21 Sweden SWE 35.06
29 Josef Schäffer 20 Austria AUT 34.87
30 André Tison 27 France FRA 34.73
31 Marcel Pelletier 24 Luxembourg LUX 33.73
32 Walter Henderson 31 Great Britain GBR 33.61
33 Mór Kóczán 27 Hungary HUN 33.30
34 Mığır Mığıryan 29 Turkey TUR 32.98
35 Nikolay Neklepayev Russia RUS 32.59
36 Charles Lagarde 33 France FRA 32.35
37 Henning Möller 26 Sweden SWE 32.23
38 Miroslav Šustera 34 Bohemia BOH 31.83
39 Otto Nilsson 32 Sweden SWE 31.07
40 Ēriks Vanags 19 Russia RUS 31.34
AC Paul Willführ 26 Germany GER NM