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Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 24, 1976
Date Finished: July 25, 1976

Gold: USA Mac Wilkins
Silver: GDR Wolfgang Schmidt
Bronze: USA John Powell


In 1975, [John Powell] had broken the world record. He seemed to have a shot at gold in 1976, but then [Mac Wilkins] broke the record four times in early 1976, including three times in one meet in May 1976 in San José. His second record that day was the first throw ever over 70 metres. His only threat seemed to be East Germany’s [Wolfgang Schmidt]. Wilkins and Powell were not friends, while Wilkins and Schmidt were, which seemed incongruous but was true. In round two of the final, Willkins threw 67.50 (221-5½), which was his best mark of the competition and would win the gold medal. Powell was second with 65.70 (215-6¾) going into the final round. Then Schmidt unleashed 66.22 (217-3½) to move to the silver medal spot. Schmidt received a hug and handshake from Wilkins, which offended some American fans, as Schmidt, and East German, has just moved another America, Powell, down to a bronze medal. Schmidt was not a typical East German. He criticized his country’s Communist government and in 1982 was imprisoned for his behavior and his frequent association with Western athletes. He would be repatriated a bit and returned to competition after the fall of the Berlin Wall, finishing fourth at the 1991 World Championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mac Wilkins 25 United States USA Gold
2 Wolfgang Schmidt 22 East Germany GDR Silver
3 John Powell 29 United States USA Bronze
4 Norbert Thiede 27 East Germany GDR
5 Siegfried Pachale 26 East Germany GDR
6 Pentti Kahma 32 Finland FIN
7 Knut Hjeltnes 24 Norway NOR
8 Jay Silvester 38 United States USA
9 Ludvík Daněk 39 Czechoslovakia TCH
10 Velko Velev 28 Bulgaria BUL
11 Ferenc Tégla 29 Hungary HUN
12 Hein-Direck Neu 32 West Germany FRG
13 Josef Šilhavý 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
14 János Faragó 30 Hungary HUN
15 Armando De Vincentis 32 Italy ITA
16 QR Julián Morrinson 24 Cuba CUB
17 QR Markku Tuokko 25 Finland FIN
18 QR Stanisław Wołodko 26 Poland POL
19 QR Silvano Simeon 30 Italy ITA
20 QR Ricky Bruch 30 Sweden SWE
21 QR Nikolay Vikhor 22 Soviet Union URS
22 QR Iosif Naghi 29 Romania ROU
23 QR Ain Roost 30 Canada CAN
24 QR Borys Chambul 23 Canada CAN
25 QR Peter Tancred 26 Great Britain GBR
26 QR Jos Schroeder 26 Belgium BEL
27 QR Ibrahima Guèye 34 Senegal SEN
28 QR Salman Hessam 28 Iran IRI
29 QR Mahmoud Al-Zabramawi 28 Saudi Arabia KSA
AC QR Bishop Dolegiewicz 23 Canada CAN