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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 6, 1960
Date Finished: September 7, 1960

Gold: USA Al Oerter
Silver: USA Rink Babka
Bronze: USA Dick Cochran

Summary

Rink Babka won the US Olympic Trials but Al Oerter was a slight favorite. He had been AAU Champion in 1957, 1959, and 1960, and had not lost in two years prior to the Trials. However, in August Babka broke the world record with 59.91 (196-6¾). In round one, Babka led with 58.02 and Oerter was second with 57.64 (189-1¼). For Babka that was it – he would not improve that mark. Oerter could not get ahead either, until the fifth round. Finally, he then produced a 59.18 (194-2) toss which won him his second gold medal. In third, Dick Cochran completed another US sweep.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Al Oerter 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 Rink Babka 23 United States USA Silver
3 Dick Cochran 22 United States USA Bronze
4 József Szécsényi 28 Hungary HUN
5 Edmund Piątkowski 24 Poland POL
6 Viktor Kompaniyets 23 Soviet Union URS
7 Carmelo Rado 27 Italy ITA
8 Kim Bukhantsov 28 Soviet Union URS
9 Pentti Repo 29 Finland FIN
10 Ferenc Klics 36 Hungary HUN
11 Stein Haugen 27 Norway NOR
12 Lothar Milde 25 Germany GER
13 Zdeněk Čihák 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
14 Zenon Begier 24 Poland POL
15 Vladimir Trusenyov 29 Soviet Union URS
16 Manfred Grieser 22 Germany GER
17 Adolfo Consolini 43 Italy ITA
18 Antonios Kounadis 23 Greece GRE
19 Zdeněk Němec 27 Czechoslovakia TCH
20 Todor Artarski 25 Bulgaria BUL
21 Warwick Selvey 20 Australia AUS
22 Cees Koch 24 Netherlands NED
23 QR Fanie du Plessis 30 South Africa RSA
24 QR Östen Edlund 25 Sweden SWE
25 QR Carol Lindroos 30 Finland FIN
26 QR Pierre Alard 22 France FRA
27 QR Erik Uddebom 26 Sweden SWE
28 QR Les Mills 25 New Zealand NZL
29 QR Franco Grossi 21 Italy ITA
30 QR Fritz Kühl 25 Germany GER
31 QR Mike Lindsay 21 Great Britain GBR
32 QR Mesulame Rakuro 28 Fiji FIJ
33 QR Haider Khan 27 Pakistan PAK
34 QR Nayef Mohamed Hameed Iraq IRQ
AC QR Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo 28 Spain ESP