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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women'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 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 21, 2004

Gold: RUS Nataliya Sadova
Silver: GRE Anastasia Kelesidou
Bronze: CZE Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová

Summary

Russian Nataliya Sadova was in her third Olympics, having won a silver medal in 1996 and placed fourth in 2000. In both 1998 and 2002 she had placed second at the European Championships. The home crowd favorite was Greek Anastasia Kelesidou, silver medalist from 2000 in Sydney and runner-up at the 1999 and 2003 World Championships. Sadova opened with 64.78 in the first round to take the lead, only to be surpassed in round two by Czech Věra Cechlová. Kelesidou then moved ahead with 66.68 (218-9¼) in the third round. With her penultimate attempt, Sadova recorded 67.02 (219-10¾) to cement the gold medal, Kelesidou’s third round mark holding up for another silver medal.

Belarussian Irina Yatchenko initially won the bronze, as she had in 2000. But in 2012, the IOC re-tested drug samples from the 2004 Olympics and Yatchenko was disqualified for the presence of a methandienone metabolite. In 2006, Sadova was banned from competition for two years, also after testing positive for methandienone, an anabolic steroid.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nataliya Sadova 32 Russia RUS Gold
2 Anastasia Kelesidou 31 Greece GRE Silver
3 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová 25 Czech Republic CZE Bronze
4 Olena Antonova 32 Ukraine UKR
5 Nicoleta Grădinaru-Grasu 32 Romania ROU
6 Beatrice Faumuina 29 New Zealand NZL
7 Aikaterini Vongoli 34 Greece GRE
8 Li Yanfeng 25 China CHN
9 Joanna Wiśniewska 32 Poland POL
10 Stella Tsikouna 31 Greece GRE
AC final Yania Ferrales 27 Cuba CUB
12 QR Harwant Kaur 24 India IND
13 QR Seema Antil 21 India IND
14 QR Ellina Zvereva 43 Belarus BLR
15 QR Wioletta Potępa 23 Poland POL
16 QR Neelam Jaswant Singh Dogra 33 India IND
17 QR Philippa Roles 26 Great Britain GBR
18 QR Aretha Hill-Thurmond 27 United States USA
19 QR Elizna Naudé 25 South Africa RSA
20 QR Olga Burova-Chernyavskaya 40 Russia RUS
21 QR Stephanie Brown-Trafton 24 United States USA
22 QR Teresa Machado 35 Portugal POR
23 QR Nataliya Fokina-Semenova 22 Ukraine UKR
24 QR Song Aimin 26 China CHN
25 QR Elisângela Adriano 32 Brazil BRA
26 QR Franka Dietzsch 36 Germany GER
27 QR Dace Ruskule 22 Latvia LAT
28 QR Vera Begić 22 Croatia CRO
29 QR Oksana Yesipchuk 28 Russia RUS
30 QR Mélina Robert-Michon 25 France FRA
31 QR Huang Qun 30 China CHN
32 QR Shelley Newman 31 Great Britain GBR
33 QR Vladimíra Malátová-Racková 37 Czech Republic CZE
34 QR Anna Söderberg 31 Sweden SWE
35 QR Alice Matějková 35 Spain ESP
36 QR Eha Rünne 41 Estonia EST
37 QR Dragana Tomašević 22 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
38 QR Éva Kürti 28 Hungary HUN
39 QR Tereapii Tapoki 20 Cook Islands COK
40 QR Tsvetanka Khristova 42 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Seilala Sua 26 United States USA
AC [3] Irina Yatchenko 38 Belarus BLR DQ (doping)