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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 16, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008

Gold: EST Gerd Kanter
Silver: POL Piotr Małachowski
Bronze: LTU Virgilijus Alekna

Summary

The two favorites going into Beijing were Estonia’s Gert Kanter, world-ranked #1 in 2007 after winning the World Championships, and Virgilijus Alekna of Lithuania, Olympic gold medalist in 2000 and 2004, and World Champion in 2003 and 2005. But the longest throw in both the first two rounds of the final went to Poland’s Piotr Małachowski, who led with 67.82 (222-6). After two rounds he led, with Kanter second and Alekna third. None of the leaders improved in round three, but in round four, both Kanter and Alekna produced their best throw. Kanter’s 68.82 (225-9) would win him the gold medal, but Alekna’s 67.79 (222-5) could not get him past Małachowski, who won the silver medal, Alekna taking bronze. Finishing seventh was Rutger Smith (NED), who had also placed ninth in the shot put. This made him only the third weight thrower to make the finals of the shot put and discus throw since 1960 – Warwick Selvey (AUS) did it in 1960 and Erik de Bruin (NED) did it in 1984.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gerd Kanter 29 Estonia EST Gold
2 Piotr Małachowski 25 Poland POL Silver
3 Virgilijus Alekna 36 Lithuania LTU Bronze
4 Robert Harting 23 Germany GER
5 Frank Casañas 29 Spain ESP
6 Bogdan Pishchalnikov 25 Russia RUS
7 Rutger Smith 27 Netherlands NED
8 Róbert Fazekas 32 Hungary HUN
9 Mario Pestano 30 Spain ESP
10 Rashid Al-Dosari 27 Qatar QAT
11 Frantz Kruger 33 Finland FIN
12 Aleksander Tammert 35 Estonia EST
13 QR Gábor Máté 29 Hungary HUN
14 QR Märt Israel 24 Estonia EST
15 QR Dmitry Sivakov 25 Belarus BLR
16 QR Michael Robertson 24 United States USA
17 QR Ehsan Haddadi 23 Iran IRI
18 QR Gerhard Mayer 28 Austria AUT
19 QR Casey Malone 31 United States USA
20 QR Ercüment Olgundeniz 32 Turkey TUR
21 QR Zoltán Kővágó 29 Hungary HUN
22 QR Vikas Gowda 25 India IND
23 QR Omar El-Ghazaly 24 Egypt EGY
24 QR Oleksiy Semenov 26 Ukraine UKR
25 QR Ian Waltz 31 United States USA
26 QR Abbas Samimi 31 Iran IRI
27 QR Jorge Fernández 20 Cuba CUB
28 QR Jan Marcell 23 Czech Republic CZE
29 QR Martin Marić 24 Croatia CRO
30 QR Jorge Balliengo 30 Argentina ARG
31 QR Benn Harradine 25 Australia AUS
32 QR Niklas Arrhenius 25 Sweden SWE
33 QR Hannes Kirchler 29 Italy ITA
34 QR Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi 23 Saudi Arabia KSA
35 QR Vadim Hranovschi 25 Moldova MDA
36 QR Haidar Nasser 27 Iraq IRQ
37 QR Eric Matthias 24 British Virgin Islands IVB