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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 21, 2004
Date Finished: August 23, 2004

Gold: LTU Virgilijus Alekna
Silver: HUN Zoltán Kővágó
Bronze: EST Aleksander Tammert

Summary

The defending champion was Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) and he was back in Athina, having also won the 2003 World Championship. At the 2002 European Championship he had finished second to Hungary's Róbert Fazekas and these two were the favorites. Alekna opened in the final with 69.89 (229-3¾) which would be his best throw, with Fazekas recording 66.39 (217-9¾) in third place. But in round two, he recorded 70.93 (232-8½) to seemingly win the gold medal. But at doping control he provided an "inadequate" urine sample and refused to produce any more. He was later found to have a bag with stored urine hidden on his body. He was disqualified and Alekna had his second consecutive gold medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Virgilijus Alekna 32 Lithuania LTU Gold OR
2 Zoltán Kővágó 25 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Aleksander Tammert 31 Estonia EST Bronze
4 Vasily Kaptyukh 37 Belarus BLR
5 Frantz Kruger 29 South Africa RSA
6 Casey Malone 27 United States USA
7 Lars Riedel 37 Germany GER
8 Hannes Hopley 23 South Africa RSA
9 Torsten Schmidt 29 Germany GER
10 Libor Malina 31 Czech Republic CZE
11 Gábor Máté 25 Hungary HUN
AC r2/2 Róbert Fazekas 28 Hungary HUN
12 QR Mario Pestano 26 Spain ESP
13 QR Jarred Rome 27 United States USA
14 QR Vikas Gowda 21 India IND
15 QR Jason Tunks 29 Canada CAN
16 QR Rutger Smith 23 Netherlands NED
17 QR Frank Casañas 25 Cuba CUB
18 QR Wu Tao 20 China CHN
19 QR Gerd Kanter 25 Estonia EST
20 QR Michael Möllenbeck 34 Germany GER
21 QR Ian Waltz 27 United States USA
22 QR Savvas Panavoglou 29 Greece GRE
23 QR Aleksandr Malashevich 27 Belarus BLR
24 QR Emeka Udechuku 25 Great Britain GBR
25 QR Aleksandr Borichevsky 34 Russia RUS
26 QR Ercüment Olgundeniz 28 Turkey TUR
27 QR Leonid Cherevko 30 Belarus BLR
28 QR Abbas Samimi 27 Iran IRI
29 QR Lois Maikel Martínez 23 Cuba CUB
30 QR Igor Primc 38 Slovenia SLO
31 QR Marcelo Pugliese 35 Argentina ARG
32 QR Vadim Hranovschi 21 Moldova MDA
33 QR Omar El-Ghazaly 20 Egypt EGY
34 QR Dragan Mustapić 41 Croatia CRO
35 QR Jaroslav Žitňanský 33 Slovakia SVK
36 QR Shaka Sola 27 Samoa SAM
AC QR Anil Kumar Sangwan 29 India IND
AC QR Dmitry Shevchenko 36 Russia RUS