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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Events:

Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 10, 1984
Date Finished: August 11, 1984

Gold: NED Ria Stalman
Silver: USA Leslie Deniz
Bronze: ROU Florența Țacu-Crăciunescu

Summary

The Soviet-led boycott made this a second-class meet, as the best throwers were the women from the USSR, the GDR, and Bulgaria. The favorite to win was Dutchwoman [Ria Stalman] and she came through. She took the lead in round one with 64.50 (211-7½) but American [Leslie Deniz] moved ahead in the fifth round with 64.86 (212-9½). Stalman came through in the final round, however, with 65.36 (214-5¼) to win her gold medal. Concurrent with the Olympics, the Eastern Bloc competed at the Friendship Games in Praha, Czechoslovakia. There GDR thrower Irina Meszynski (who never competed in the Olympics) broke the world record with 73.36 (240-8¼). The first seven throwers in that competition bettered Stalman’s gold medal winning throw.

In January 2016, Ria Stalman, admitted that she had been doping at the time of the 1984 Olympics, and winning her gold medal. She noted that "in the last two and a half years of my career I took a small daily dose of anabolic steroids." Stalman said she decided to begin doping after seeing bulky Eastern Bloc throwers commonly out-throw her. She stated, "'if you can't beat them, join them,' and that's what I did." Given what we subsequently learned about the East German and Soviet doping programs, it is highly likely that most of the top finishers at the Friendship Games were also on PEDs.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ria Stalman 32 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Leslie Deniz 22 United States USA Silver
3 Florența Țacu-Crăciunescu 29 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Ulla Lundholm 27 Finland FIN
5 Meg Ritchie 32 Great Britain GBR
6 Ingra Manecke 28 West Germany FRG
7 Venissa Head 27 Great Britain GBR
8 Gael Mulhall-Martin 27 Australia AUS
9 Pat Walsh 24 Ireland IRL
10 Laura DeSnoo 21 United States USA
11 Jiao Yunxiang 27 China CHN
12 Lorna Griffin 28 United States USA
13 QR Carmen Ionescu 33 Canada CAN
14 QR Mariëtte van Heerden 31 Zimbabwe ZIM
15 QR Marlene Lewis 21 Jamaica JAM
16 QR Agathe Ngo Nack 26 Cameroon CMR
17 QR Christine Béchard 21 Mauritius MRI