Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: July 30, 1948
Format: Final only.
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.
|11||Frances Kaszubski||32||United States||USA||36.50|
|14||Bevis Reid||29||Great Britain||GBR||35.84|
|16||Dorothy Dodson||29||United States||USA||34.69|
|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|