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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 4, 1936
Date Finished: August 4, 1936
Format: Final only.

Gold: GER Gisela Mauermayer
Silver: POL Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz
Bronze: GER Paula Mollenhauer

Summary

Between 1932 and 1934 Poland’s Jadwiga Wajs had bettered the world record 10 times, with five ratified marks, and in 1934 she won the FSFI Women’s World Games. But German Gisela Mauermayer had moved to the fore in 1935, bettering Wajs’s world record 11 times in 1935-36, five of them ratified. Wajs took the lead in round one with 44.69 (146-7½) but Mauermayer secured the gold medal with her first round toss of 47.64 (156-3¾). Wajs improved to 46.22 (151-7¾) in round three and sealed the silver medal. Mauermayer was hailed by the Nazis as a perfect example of an Aryan women. She gave a Nazi salute on the victory podium and later achieved a high-ranking in Nazi women’s groups. But after World War II, she lost her teaching job because of her Nazi background, although she later became a librarian. The 1932 champion, Lillian Copeland, was Jewish and personally boycotted the 1936 Olympics to protest the Nazis not allowing Jews to compete on their Olympic team.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Gisela Mauermayer 22 Germany GER Gold 47.63 OR
2 Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz 24 Poland POL Silver 46.22
3 Paula Mollenhauer 27 Germany GER Bronze 39.80
4 Ko Nakamura-Yoshino 16 Japan JPN 38.24
5 Hide Mineshima 20 Japan JPN 37.35
6 Birgit Lundström 24 Sweden SWE 35.92
7 Ans Panhorst-Niesink 17 Netherlands NED 35.21
8 Gertrude Wilhelmsen 23 United States USA 34.43
9 Helen Stephens 18 United States USA 34.33
10 Gabre Gabric-Calvesi 18 Italy ITA 34.31
11 Margarethe Held 25 Austria AUT 34.05
12 Margaréta Schieferová 22 Czechoslovakia TCH 34.03
13 Veronika Kohlbach 30 Austria AUT 34.00
14 Lucienne Velu 34 France FRA 33.95
15 Fumi Kojima 19 Japan JPN 33.66
16 Tini Koopmans 24 Netherlands NED 33.50
17 Vera Neferović 27 Yugoslavia YUG 33.02
18 Evelyn Ferrara 26 United States USA 32.52
19 Anna Hagemann 17 Germany GER 28.48