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Women'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 2, 1932
Date Finished: August 2, 1932
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Lillian Copeland
Silver: USA Ruth Osburn
Bronze: POL Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz


[Jadwiga Wajs] (POL) had set four world records earlier in 1932, although only two were ratified. The defending champion, [Halina Konopacka] (POL), had won the 1930 FSFI Women’s World Games but did not compete in Los Angeles. [Lillian Copeland] (USA) had won the silver medal in 1928 and was back. The leader through most of the competition was [Ruth Osburn] (USA) with her first round throw of 40.12 (131-7½). But Copeland surpassed it with 40.58 (133-1¾) in the final round and won the gold medal, Wajs taking bronze. Copeland threw from a standing position, with no turns. Sixth-place finisher [Stanisława Wałasiewicz] was far better known as a sprinter.

View a Phase of this EventFinal Standings

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Lillian Copeland 27 United States USA Gold 40.58 OR
2 Ruth Osburn 20 United States USA Silver 40.12 OR
3 Jadwiga Wajs-Marcinkiewicz 20 Poland POL Bronze 38.74
4 Tilly Fleischer 20 Germany GER 36.12
5 Grete Heublein 24 Germany GER 34.66
6 Stanisława Walasiewicz 21 Poland POL 33.60
7 Mitsue Ishizu 18 Japan JPN 33.52
8 Ellen Braumüller 21 Germany GER 33.15
9 Margaret Jenkins 29 United States USA 30.22