You Are Here > > > > > Men's Discus Throw

Athletics at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

Athletics at the 1908 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games ▪ Next Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 16, 1908
Date Finished: July 16, 1908

Gold: USA Martin Sheridan
Silver: USA Merritt Giffin
Bronze: USA Bill Horr


The discus was thrown from a 7-foot circle without follow, and it was noted "three turns being allowed before the missile leaves the thrower's hand."

The world record holder, and two-time defending Olympic champion, [Martin Sheridan] (USA), won his his third successive Olympic discus title but failed to match his winning mark from the 1906 Olympics. Sheridan was at this time unequaled as a discus thrower and an all-around athlete. Born in Bohola, County Mayo, Ireland, Martin Sheridan emigrated to the United States in 1900, and quickly became the best discus thrower in the world. He stood 6'3) and weighed 195 lbs. in his prime.

Sheridan is credited with as many as sixteen world records, although it is difficult to be precise in the pre-IAAF period. Sheridan's Olympic fame rests primarily on winning the Olympic gold medal in the discus in 1904, 1906, and 1908. Overall, he won nine Olympic medals, including five gold, counting those Sheridan won in the 1906 Olympics.

Sheridan was a superb jumper and weight thrower, and displayed his other talents in the all-around championship, the early American forerunner of the decathlon. Sheridan entered three all-arounds in his athletic career, the AAU National Championships of 1905, 1907, and 1909. He won each of them easily, and set a world record each time, finally leaving it at 7,385 points, a mark which [Jim Thorpe] broke by only a few points in 1912.

View a Phase of this EventFinal StandingsFinal RoundQualifying Round

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D(M) D(I)
1 Martin Sheridan 27 United States USA Gold 40.89 134-2 OR
2 Merritt Giffin 20 United States USA Silver 40.70 133-6½ OR
3 Bill Horr 27 United States USA Bronze 39.45 129-5
4 Verner Järvinen 38 Finland FIN 39.43 129-4½
5 Arthur Dearborn 21 United States USA 38.52 126-4½
6 Lee Talbott 20 United States USA 38.40 126-0
7 György Luntzer 21 Hungary HUN 38.34 125-9
8 André Tison 23 France FRA 38.30 125-8
9 John Flanagan 40 United States USA 37.80 124-0
10 Wilbur Burroughs 23 United States USA 37.43 122-9½
11 Emil Welz 29 Germany GER 37.02 121-5
AC Platt Adams 23 United States USA
AC Charles Lagarde 29 France FRA
AC Henry Leeke 28 Great Britain GBR
AC Ernest May 29 Great Britain GBR
AC Walter Henderson 27 Great Britain GBR
AC Alfred Flaxman 28 Great Britain GBR
AC Ferenc Jesina 20 Hungary HUN
AC Mór Kóczán 23 Hungary HUN
AC Lauri Pihkala 20 Finland FIN
AC Aarne Salovaara 21 Finland FIN
AC Michael Collins 28 Great Britain GBR
AC Lauri Wilskman 20 Finland FIN
AC Johnny Garrels 22 United States USA
AC Hugo Wieslander 18 Sweden SWE
AC Miroslav Å ustera 30 Bohemia BOH
AC Jack Murray Great Britain GBR
AC Simon Gillis 28 United States USA
AC Theodor Neijström 24 Sweden SWE
AC František Souček Bohemia BOH
AC Nikolaos Georgantas 28 Greece GRE
AC Imre Mudin 20 Hungary HUN
AC Jalmari Sauli 18 Finland FIN
AC Elmer Niklander 18 Finland FIN
AC Folke Fleetwood 17 Sweden SWE
AC Ludwig Uettwiller 21 Germany GER
AC Ned Barrett 30 Great Britain GBR
AC Otto Nilsson 28 Sweden SWE
AC Eric Lemming 28 Sweden SWE
AC Mikhail Dorizas 22 Greece GRE
AC Umberto Avattaneo 25 Italy ITA
AC John Falchenberg 24 Norway NOR