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Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: July 30, 1948
Format: Final only.

Gold: FRA Micheline Ostermeyer
Silver: ITA Edera Cordiale-Gentile
Bronze: FRA Jacqueline Mazéas

Summary

The women's discus throw was possibly the most devalued event on the track and field program in London. Year rankings had been dominated by the Soviet women, but in 1948 the USSR still refused to compete at the Olympics, albeit for the last time. This prevented Nina Dumbadze, European Champion and unofficial World Record holder with a 50-metre-throw, from competing. A week after the Olympic final, she would shatter the World Record officially by nearly 5 metres. By contrast, the 41.92 (137-6½) winning throw by Micheline Ostermeyer seems like a mediocre performance. But considering that Ostermeyer had only entered the event because she was so versatile, and had already qualified for two other events, it can be considered remarkable. The Frenchwoman was also a great concert pianist, which was much harder for her than sports: "I practise five hours a day on the piano, and five hours a week for athletics", she once noted.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Micheline Ostermeyer 25 France FRA Gold 41.92
2 Edera Cordiale-Gentile 28 Italy ITA Silver 41.17
3 Jacqueline Mazéas 27 France FRA Bronze 40.47
4 Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz 36 Poland POL 39.30
5 Lotte Haidegger 23 Austria AUT 38.81
6 Ans Panhorst-Niesink 29 Netherlands NED 38.74
7 Majken Åberg 30 Sweden SWE 38.48
8 Ingeborg Mello 29 Argentina ARG 38.44
9 Frieda Tiltsch 26 Austria AUT 37.19
10 Paulette Veste 20 France FRA 36.84
11 Frances Kaszubski 32 United States USA 36.50
12 Gudrun Arenander 27 Sweden SWE 36.25
13 Nel Roos-Lodder 34 Netherlands NED 36.15
14 Bevis Reid 29 Great Britain GBR 35.84
15 Marianne Schläger 27 Austria AUT 34.79
16 Dorothy Dodson 29 United States USA 34.69
17 Gabre Gabric-Calvesi 30 Italy ITA 34.17
18 Pak Bong-Sik South Korea KOR 33.80
19 Margaret Birtwhistle 23 Great Britain GBR 33.02
20 Elspeth Whyte 21 Great Britain GBR 32.46
21 Julija Matej 22 Yugoslavia YUG 30.25