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Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 21, 1920
Date Finished: August 22, 1920

Gold: FIN Elmer Niklander
Silver: FIN Armas Taipale
Bronze: USA Gus Pope


The recognized world record in 1920 was 47.58, set by [Jim Duncan] (USA) in 1912. But in July and August 1913, [Armas Taipale] had twice bettered that distance, posting marks of 47.85 and 48.27 respectively, but the IAAF did not recognize either mark as a world record.

All of the leaders posted their best throws in the qualifying. In the finals, only [Kenneth Bartlett] improved his qualifying mark. [Elmer Niklander] defeated his compatriot and the world record holder, Armas Taipale. Four days earlier, Niklander had finished second in the shot put. Niklander had briefly held the world record in the discus, breaking the mark of the renowned [Martin Sheridan] from 1911. In addition to his gold medal, Niklander was also awarded possession of the Challenge Prize donated by Madame de Montgomery.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Elmer Niklander 30 Finland FIN Gold 44.685
2 Armas Taipale 29 Finland FIN Silver 44.190
3 Gus Pope 21 United States USA Bronze 42.130
4 Oscar Zallhagen 27 Sweden SWE 41.070
5 Kenneth Bartlett 23 United States USA 40.875
6 Allan Eriksson 26 Sweden SWE 39.410
7 QR Valther Jensen 32 Denmark DEN
8 QR Ville Pörhölä 22 Finland FIN
9 QR Aurelio Lenzi 28 Italy ITA
10 QR Kenneth Wilson 24 United States USA
11 QR André Tison 35 France FRA
12 QR Jonni Myyrä 27 Finland FIN
13 QR František Hoplíček 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
14 QR Émile Écuyer 39 France FRA
15 QR Daniel Pierre 29 France FRA
16 QR Arthur Delaender 29 Belgium BEL
AC QR Hans Granfelt 22 Sweden SWE