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Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 9, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972

Gold: URS Faina Melnik
Silver: ROU Argentina Menis
Bronze: BUL Vasilka Stoeva


Armenian Soviet [Faina Melnik] was a solid favorite. She had broken the world record five times since 1971, was European Champion in 1971, and would win that title again in 1974. But twice in 1972 she had been beaten by Romanian [Argentina Menis]. Menis took the lead in round one with an Olympic record 64.28 (210-10¾). By the fourth round, she led with Melnik in fifth, and Menis then improved to 65.06 (213-5½). But Melnik was the next thrower and overtook Menis with 66.62 (218-7) which held on for the gold medal. Thirteen days later, Menis broke Melnik’s world record with 67.32 (220-10½).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Faina Melnik 27 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Argentina Menis 24 Romania ROU Silver OR
3 Vasilka Stoeva 32 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Tamara Danilova 33 Soviet Union URS
5 Liesel Westermann 27 West Germany FRG
6 Gabriele Hinzmann 25 East Germany GDR
7 Carmen Ionescu 21 Romania ROU
8 Lyudmila Muravyova 31 Soviet Union URS
9 Lia Manoliu 40 Romania ROU
10 Svetla Bozhkova 21 Bulgaria BUL
11 Brigitte Berendonk 30 West Germany FRG
12 Rosemary Payne 39 Great Britain GBR
13 QR Josephine de la Viña 26 Philippines PHI
14 QR Radostina Vasekova 22 Bulgaria BUL
15 QR Krystyna Nadolna 22 Poland POL
16 QR Olga Fikotová-Connolly 39 United States USA
17 QR Maggy Wauters 18 Belgium BEL