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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 2, 1932
Date Finished: August 2, 1932
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Lillian Copeland
Silver: USA Ruth Osburn
Bronze: POL Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz
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Jadwiga Wajs (POL) had set four world records earlier in 1932, although only two were ratified. The defending champion, Halina Konopacka (POL), had won the 1930 FSFI Women’s World Games but did not compete in Los Angeles. Lillian Copeland (USA) had won the silver medal in 1928 and was back. The leader through most of the competition was Ruth Osburn (USA) with her first round throw of 40.12 (131-7½). But Copeland surpassed it with 40.58 (133-1¾) in the final round and won the gold medal, Wajs taking bronze. Copeland threw from a standing position, with no turns. Sixth-place finisher Stanisława Wałasiewicz was far better known as a sprinter.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Lillian Copeland 27 United States USA Gold 40.58 OR
2 Ruth Osburn 20 United States USA Silver 40.12 OR
3 Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz 20 Poland POL Bronze 38.74
4 Tilly Fleischer 20 Germany GER 36.12
5 Grete Heublein 24 Germany GER 34.66
6 Stanisława Walasiewicz 21 Poland POL 33.60
7 Mitsue Ishizu 18 Japan JPN 33.52
8 Ellen Braumüller 21 Germany GER 33.15
9 Margaret Jenkins 29 United States USA 30.22