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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 24, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000

Gold: LTU Virgilijus Alekna
Silver: GER Lars Riedel
Bronze: RSA Frantz Kruger

Summary

The favorite in 2000 was Lithuania's Virgilijus Alekna. He was undefeated early in the pre-Olympic season, and had become the first person to surpass 70 metres three times in one series. He also recorded the second and third longest throws of all-time with 73.88 (242-4¾) and 72.35 (237-4½). But the defending champion, Lars Riedel, was back and defeated Alekna a few weeks before the Olympics, and Alekna had never bettered him at a major meet. The first round leader was South Africa's Frantz Kruger with 67.89 (222-9). In round three he improved to 68.19 (223-8¾) which would win the bronze medal. But both Alekna and Riedel bettered him in that round, Alekna taking the lead with 68.73 (225-6). Riedel's mark of 68.50 (224-9) would be his best and get the silver medal. Alekna improved in round five to 69.30 (227-4½) to win the gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Virgilijus Alekna 28 Lithuania LTU Gold
2 Lars Riedel 33 Germany GER Silver
3 Frantz Kruger 25 South Africa RSA Bronze
4 Vasily Kaptyukh 33 Belarus BLR
5 Adam Setliff 30 United States USA
6 Jason Tunks 25 Canada CAN
7 Vladimir Dubrovshchik 28 Belarus BLR
8 Jürgen Schult 40 Germany GER
9 Aleksander Tammert 27 Estonia EST
10 Michael Möllenbeck 30 Germany GER
11 Dmitry Shevchenko 32 Russia RUS
12 Tony Washington 34 United States USA
13 QR Li Shaojie 24 China CHN
14 QR Diego Fortuna 32 Italy ITA
15 QR Aleksandr Borichevsky 30 Russia RUS
16 QR Róbert Fazekas 25 Hungary HUN
17 QR John Godina 28 United States USA
18 QR Frits Potgieter 26 South Africa RSA
19 QR David Martínez 33 Spain ESP
20 QR Alexis Elizalde 32 Cuba CUB
21 QR Magnús Aron Hallgrímsson 24 Iceland ISL
22 QR Jo Van Daele 28 Belgium BEL
23 QR Gábor Máté 21 Hungary HUN
24 QR Frank Casañas 21 Cuba CUB
25 QR Libor Malina 27 Czech Republic CZE
26 QR Vitaly Sidorov 30 Russia RUS
27 QR Romas Ubartas 40 Lithuania LTU
28 QR Bob Weir 39 Great Britain GBR
29 QR Olgierd Stański 27 Poland POL
30 QR Vaclavas Kidykas 38 Lithuania LTU
31 QR Ian Winchester 27 New Zealand NZL
32 QR Kyrylo Chuprynin 25 Ukraine UKR
33 QR Leonid Cherevko 26 Belarus BLR
34 QR Dragan Mustapić 37 Croatia CRO
35 QR Mickaël Conjungo 31 Central African Republic CAF
36 QR Nick Sweeney 32 Ireland IRL
37 QR Marcelo Pugliese 32 Argentina ARG
38 QR Glen Smith 28 Great Britain GBR
39 QR Rashid Al-Dosari 19 Qatar QAT
40 QR John Menton 30 Ireland IRL
41 QR Roman Poltoratsky 28 Uzbekistan UZB
AC QR Jason Gervais 24 Canada CAN
AC QR Zoltán Kővágó 21 Hungary HUN
AC QR Costel Grasu 33 Romania ROU
AC QR Chary Mamedov 36 Turkmenistan TKM