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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA John Anderson
Silver: USA Henri LaBorde
Bronze: FRA Paul Winter


[Paul Jessup] was the world record holder, having thrown 51.73 (169-8¾) in 1930 and had won the AAU in 1930-31. But the best thrower in 1932 was [John Anderson], who on the AAU and the Olympic Trials. Anderson led from round two, with 48.86 (160-3¾), and improved that in rounds three and four, with 49.39 (162-0½) and 49.49 (162-4½). In round four Frenchman [Jules Noël] got off a big throw. He was helped by his hydration plan. Though the US was in the midst of prohibition and alcoholic beverages were outlawed, Noël convinced US officials that wine was an essential part of his diet. He snuck into the tunnel of the stadium to drink in between rounds. On his big fourth round throw, his discus landed out beyond Anderson’s leading 49.39 (162-0½) mark. But the officials were watching the pole vault and did not see it land. Noël was given an extra throw but could not produce his top throw again and he would eventually place fourth. Anderson had the four longest throws of the competition, not counting Noël’s un-measured toss.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 John Anderson 25 United States USA Gold 49.49 OR
2 Henri LaBorde 22 United States USA Silver 48.47
3 Paul Winter 26 France FRA Bronze 47.85
4 Jules Noël 29 France FRA 47.74
5 István Donogán 34 Hungary HUN 47.08
6 Endre Madarász 22 Hungary HUN 46.52
7 Kalevi Kotkas 18 Finland FIN 45.87
8 Paul Jessup 23 United States USA 45.25
9 József Remetz 25 Hungary HUN 45.02
10 Emil Janausch 31 Austria AUT 44.82
11 Hans-Heinrich Sievert 22 Germany GER 44.51
12 Harry Hart 26 South Africa RSA 43.33
13 Zygmunt Heljasz 23 Poland POL 42.59
14 Emil Hirschfeld 28 Germany GER 42.42
15 František Douda 23 Czechoslovakia TCH 42.39
16 Clément Duhour 20 France FRA 40.22
17 Veljko Narančić 34 Yugoslavia YUG 36.51
18 Pedro Elsa 30 Argentina ARG 34.36