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Athletics at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 1, 1972
Date Finished: September 2, 1972

Gold: TCH Ludvík Daněk
Silver: USA Jay Silvester
Bronze: SWE Ricky Bruch


The discus throwers had to be looking forward to an Oerter-less Olympics as [Al Oerter] had hung up his disc. The favorites in 1972 were two-time medalist and 1971 European Champion [Ludvík Daněk] (CZE), [Jay Silvester], who had not performed well at two previous Olympics, and Sweden's [Ricky Bruch], who had broken the world record in July 1972. It was hard to choose between the three, but they did come through for the medals. Silvester led from round three until the last round, when Daněk got off his winning toss of 64.40 (211-3½). Bruch was second after five rounds but was pushed back to bronze by Daněk's final throw.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ludvík Daněk 35 Czechoslovakia TCH Gold
2 Jay Silvester 34 United States USA Silver
3 Ricky Bruch 26 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 John Powell 25 United States USA
5 Géza Fejér 27 Hungary HUN
6 Detlef Thorith 29 East Germany GDR
7 Ferenc Tégla 25 Hungary HUN
8 Tim Vollmer 25 United States USA
9 Pentti Kahma 28 Finland FIN
10 Silvano Simeon 26 Italy ITA
11 Jorma Rinne 36 Finland FIN
12 János Murányi 28 Hungary HUN
13 Namakoro Niaré 29 Mali MLI
14 Les Mills 37 New Zealand NZL
15 QR Klaus-Peter Hennig 25 West Germany FRG
16 QR Dirk Wippermann 26 West Germany FRG
17 QR Hein-Direck Neu 28 West Germany FRG
18 QR Zdravko Pečar 22 Yugoslavia YUG
19 QR Bill Tancred 30 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Robin Tait 32 New Zealand NZL
21 QR Ain Roost 26 Canada CAN
22 QR Hartmut Losch 28 East Germany GDR
23 QR Erlendur Valdimarsson 24 Iceland ISL
24 QR John Watts 33 Great Britain GBR
25 QR Kaj Andersen 28 Denmark DEN
26 QR Praveen Kumar 24 India IND
27 QR Heimo Reinitzer 28 Austria AUT
28 QR Said Farouk Al-Turki 28 Saudi Arabia KSA
AC QR Armando De Vincentis 28 Italy ITA