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Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 8, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 1984

Gold: FRG Rolf Danneberg
Silver: USA Mac Wilkins
Bronze: USA John Powell


The Soviet boycott prevented [Imrich Bugár] (TCH), the 1983 World Champion and 1982 European Champion, from competing. Also absent was 1980 bronze medalist and 1983 Pan American Champion [Luis Delís] (CUB). In their absence the American trio of 1976 gold medalist [Mac Wilkins], [John Powell], and [Art Burns] was expected to dominate and possibly sweep the medals. Wilkins took the lead in round one with 65.96 (216-5). But in round four, [Rolf Danneberg] (FRG) threw 66.60 (218-6) which would win the gold medal in a major upset. Wilkins improved to 66.30 (217-6¼) in round five but it was only good for silver. Powell did get a bronze medal, with Burns fifth, trailing Norway's [Knut Hjeltnes].

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rolf Danneberg 31 West Germany FRG Gold
2 Mac Wilkins 33 United States USA Silver
3 John Powell 37 United States USA Bronze
4 Knut Hjeltnes 32 Norway NOR
5 Art Burns 30 United States USA
6 Alwin Wagner 33 West Germany FRG
7 Luciano Zerbini 24 Italy ITA
8 Stefan Fernholm 25 Sweden SWE
9 Erik de Bruin 21 Netherlands NED
10 Bob Weir 23 Great Britain GBR
11 Kostas Georgakopoulos 21 Greece GRE
AC r2/2 Marco Martino 24 Italy ITA
13 QR Werner Hartmann 25 West Germany FRG
14 QR Bob Gray 27 Canada CAN
15 QR Richard Slaney 28 Great Britain GBR
16 QR Brad Cooper 27 Bahamas BAH
17 QR Henry Smith 29 Samoa SAM
18 QR Dominique Béchard 20 Mauritius MRI
AC QR Mohamed Hamed Naguib 21 Egypt EGY
AC QR Vésteinn Hafsteinsson 23 Iceland ISL