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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 18, 2008

Gold: USA Stephanie Brown-Trafton
Silver: CUB Yarelis Barrios
Bronze: UKR Olena Antonova

Summary

The discus throw was considered wide open, but nobody was quite prepared for what eventuated. In round one, American thrower Stephanie Brown Trafton opened a big lead with 64.74 (212-5), and that was all she would need to win the gold medal, eventually winning by 1.10 metres over Cuba’s Yarelis Barrios. Barrios got her best throw in round two. Brown Trafton struggled after her opener with three fouls, and her next best throw was only 61.30 (201-1), but the opener was all she needed. This was the first throwing gold medal by an American woman since 1932. Brown Trafton had almost no international experience, competing at Athina in 2004, but not making the final. She had never ranked in the world top ten, her best year-end American ranking had been 3rd in 2004 and 2006, and she had placed only third at the US Olympic Trials prior to Beijing. But she was the world list leader coming into the Olympics, although that throw (66.17 [217-1]) had been done with some helpful winds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Stephanie Brown-Trafton 28 United States USA Gold
2 Yarelis Barrios 25 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Olena Antonova 36 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Song Aimin 30 China CHN
5 Věra Pošpísilová-Cechlová 29 Czech Republic CZE
6 Ellina Zvereva 47 Belarus BLR
7 Li Yanfeng 29 China CHN
8 Mélina Robert-Michon 29 France FRA
9 Dani Samuels 20 Australia AUS
10 Aretha Hill-Thurmond 31 United States USA
11 Irina Yatchenko 42 Belarus BLR
12 Nicoleta Grădinaru-Grasu 36 Romania ROU
13 QR Dragana Tomašević 26 Serbia SRB
14 QR Nataliya Fokina-Semenova 26 Ukraine UKR
15 QR Yania Ferrales 31 Cuba CUB
16 QR Svetlana Saykina 23 Russia RUS
17 QR Wioletta Potępa 27 Poland POL
18 QR Joanna Wiśniewska 36 Poland POL
19 QR Elisângela Adriano 36 Brazil BRA
20 QR Elizna Naudé 29 South Africa RSA
21 QR Kateryna Karsak 22 Ukraine UKR
22 QR Vera Begić 26 Croatia CRO
23 QR Ma Xuejun 23 China CHN
24 QR Krishna Poonia 26 India IND
25 QR Nataliya Sadova 36 Russia RUS
26 QR Suzy Powell-Roos 31 United States USA
27 QR Philippa Roles 30 Great Britain GBR
28 QR Beatrice Faumuina 33 New Zealand NZL
29 QR Anna Mozgunova 23 Belarus BLR
30 QR Harwant Kaur 28 India IND
31 QR Anna Söderberg 35 Sweden SWE
32 QR Oksana Yesipchuk 32 Russia RUS
33 QR Zinaida Sendriūtė 23 Lithuania LTU
34 QR Venera Getova 27 Bulgaria BUL
35 QR Dora Kalpakidou 24 Greece GRE
36 QR Bárbara Comba 21 Argentina ARG
37 QR Tereapii Tapoki 24 Cook Islands COK
AC QR Żaneta Glanc 25 Poland POL