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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 28, 1976
Date Finished: July 29, 1976

Gold: GDR Evelin Schlaak-Jahl
Silver: BUL Mariya Vergova-Petkova
Bronze: GDR Gabriele Hinzmann

Summary

Defending champion Faina Melnik was considered a certainty for the gold medal. She had won the European Championships in 1971 and 1974 and set 10 world records since 1971. She opened with 64.48 (211-6¾) to take the lead but was surpassed first by GDR’s Gabriele Hinzmann (66.68) and then Evelin Schlaak, who broke the GDR record with 69.00 (226-4½), which was the third best throw ever. That would eventually stand up for the gold medal. Bulgaria’s Mariya Vergova moved into second in round two with 67.30 (220-9¾) and would win the silver medal. Melnik was a strange non-factor for the gold, and failed to medal. Poland’s Danuta Rosani qualified for the final but before she could compete, was disqualified for doping when her sample showed an anabolic steroid. This was the first Olympic doping positive in track & field athletics.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Evelin Schlaak-Jahl 20 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Mariya Vergova-Petkova 25 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Gabriele Hinzmann 29 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Faina Melnik 31 Soviet Union URS
5 Sabine Engel 22 East Germany GDR
6 Argentina Menis 27 Romania ROU
7 María Betancourt 28 Cuba CUB
8 Nataliya Gorbachova 28 Soviet Union URS
9 Carmen Romero 25 Cuba CUB
10 Olga Andrianova 27 Soviet Union URS
11 Jane Haist 27 Canada CAN
12 Rita Pfister 24 Switzerland SUI
13 Lucette Moreau 20 Canada CAN
14 QR Lynne Winbigler 23 United States USA
AC QR Danuta Rosani 25 Poland POL