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Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: August 2, 1948
Date Finished: August 2, 1948

Gold: ITA Adolfo Consolini
Silver: ITA Giuseppe Tosi
Bronze: USA Fortune Gordien


Italy’s [Adolfo Consolini] held the world record from 1941-46 and was the 1946 European Champion. He was the favorite in London, with his teammate, [Giuseppe Tosi], runner-up at the 1946 Europeans, thought to be his biggest challenger. They did not disappoint, winning the gold and silver medals. Tosi led with his best mark in round one, 51.78 (169-10¾), while Consolini moved ahead of him in the second round to settle the gold medal. America’s [Fortune Gordien] was AAU Champion in 1947-48 and won the 1948 US Olympic Trials. His bronze medal meant that the top three throwers on the year list finished in that order at the Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Adolfo Consolini 31 Italy ITA Gold OR
2 Giuseppe Tosi 32 Italy ITA Silver
3 Fortune Gordien 25 United States USA Bronze
4 Ivar Ramstad 24 Norway NOR
5 Ferenc Klics 24 Hungary HUN
6 Veikko Nyqvist 31 Finland FIN
7 Nikolaos Syllas 33 Greece GRE
8 Stein Johnson 26 Norway NOR
9 Arvo Huutoniemi 34 Finland FIN
10 Uno Fransson 20 Sweden SWE
11 Hermann Tunner 35 Austria AUT
12 Eduardo Julve 24 Peru PER
13 QR Bill Burton 33 United States USA
14 QR Félix Erauzquin 40 Spain ESP
15 QR Giorgio Oberweger 34 Italy ITA
16 QR Danilo Žerjal 29 Yugoslavia YUG
17 QR Manuel Consiglieri 32 Peru PER
18 QR Emilio Malchiodi 26 Argentina ARG
19 QR James Nesbitt 34 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Vic Frank 21 United States USA
21 QR Jack Brewer 33 Great Britain GBR
22 QR Cummin Clancy 25 Ireland IRL
23 QR Eric Coy 34 Canada CAN
24 QR Roger Verhaes 28 Belgium BEL
25 QR Laurence Reavell-Carter 33 Great Britain GBR
26T QR Nazar Muhammad Khan Malik Pakistan PAK
26T QR Ahmed Zahur Khan Pakistan PAK
AC QR An Yeong-Han 30 South Korea KOR