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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 18, 1968
Date Finished: October 18, 1968
Format: Final only.

Gold: ROU Lia Manoliu
Silver: FRG Liesel Westermann
Bronze: HUN Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek


In 1967-68, [Liesel Westermann] (FRG) and [Christa Spielberg] (GDR) had taken turns bettering the world record with Westermann holding it at 62.54 (205-2¼) prior to México. Westermann’s first world record of 61.26 (201-0) in November 1967 in São Paulo was the first throw over 200 feet. Spielberg had won the 1966 European Championships, with Westermann second. However, both were expecting a challenge from 1960-64 bronze medalist [Lia Manoliu]. This was her fifth Olympics and she opened with 58.28 (191-2½) which would win the gold medal. Manoliu had only one other fair throw. Rain set in shortly after her best toss, and hampered the other throwers, which helped her mark standup. She would compete again in 1972, her sixth Olympics, the first athlete, male or female, to compete in six Olympics in track & field athletics. She later became President of the Romanian Olympic Committee.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Lia Manoliu 36 Romania ROU Gold 58.28 OR
2 Liesel Westermann 23 West Germany FRG Silver 57.76
3 Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek 29 Hungary HUN Bronze 54.90
4 Anita Otto 25 East Germany GDR 54.40
5 Antonina Popova 33 Soviet Union URS 53.42
6 Olga Fikotová-Connolly 35 United States USA 52.96
7 Christa Spielberg 26 East Germany GDR 52.86
8 Brigitte Berendonk 26 West Germany FRG 52.80
9 Lyudmila Muravyova 27 Soviet Union URS 52.26
10 Karin Illgen 27 East Germany GDR 52.18
11 Judit Stugner 26 Hungary HUN 52.08
12 Dashzevgiin Namjilmaa 24 Mongolia MGL 50.76
13 Olimpia Cataramă 27 Romania ROU 50.20
14 Carol Moseke 23 United States USA 48.28
15 Josephine de la Viña 22 Philippines PHI 46.56
16 Jean Roberts 25 Australia AUS 46.26