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Men's Discus Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 6, 2012
Date Finished: August 7, 2012

Gold: GER Robert Harting
Silver: IRI Ehsan Haddadi
Bronze: EST Gerd Kanter


German [Robert Harting] came in as a solid favorite, having won the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, and holding the top spot in the world rankings in 2009-11. He would be challenged by defending champion [Gerd Kanter] of Estonia, the 2000 and 2004 champion, Lithuanian [Virgilijus Alekna], and Iranian [Ehsan Haddadi], who had been third at the 2011 Worlds.

Haddadi was the leader after round one with 68.18 with Harting in second (67.79) and Alekna third (67.38). That order would hold through four rounds, as none of the leaders could improve, although Haddadi had a marginal foul of over 69 metres in round two, his foot just touching the circle rim. That would have won the gold medal had it been legal. Throwing fourth in the final rounds, Kanter produced 68.03 in round five into second behind Haddadi, but then Harting popped 68.27 which would win the gold medal. Nobody improved in the final round and Haddadi had silver and Kanter a bronze, with Alekna dropping back to fourth, fouling on his final two throws. Haddadi's silver medal was a first for an Iranian in track & field athletics. Harting's gold medal was the first for a German in track & field since 2000.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Robert Harting 27 Germany GER Gold
2 Ehsan Haddadi 27 Iran IRI Silver
3 Gerd Kanter 33 Estonia EST Bronze
4 Virgilijus Alekna 40 Lithuania LTU
5 Piotr Małachowski 29 Poland POL
6 Martin Wierig 25 Germany GER
7 Frank Casañas 33 Spain ESP
8 Vikas Gowda 29 India IND
9 Benn Harradine 29 Australia AUS
10 Erik Cadée 28 Netherlands NED
11 Jorge Fernández 24 Cuba CUB
12 Lawrence Okoye 20 Great Britain GBR
13 r1/2 Apostolos Parellis 27 Cyprus CYP
14 r1/2 Mario Pestano 34 Spain ESP
15 r1/2 Bogdan Pishchalnikov 29 Russia RUS
16 r1/2 Rutger Smith 31 Netherlands NED
17 r1/2 Martin Marić 28 Croatia CRO
18 r1/2 Jason Young 31 United States USA
19 r1/2 Scott Martin 29 Australia AUS
20 r1/2 Traves Smikle 20 Jamaica JAM
21 r1/2 Lance Brooks 28 United States USA
22 r1/2 Przemysław Czajkowski 23 Poland POL
23 r1/2 Ercüment Olgundeniz 36 Turkey TUR
24 r1/2 Gerhard Mayer 32 Austria AUT
25 r1/2 Märt Israel 28 Estonia EST
26 r1/2 Omar El-Ghazaly 28 Egypt EGY
27 r1/2 Aleksander Tammert 39 Estonia EST
28 r1/2 Julian Wruck 21 Australia AUS
29 r1/2 Abdul Buhari 30 Great Britain GBR
30 r1/2 Markus Münch 26 Germany GER
31 r1/2 Jarred Rome 35 United States USA
32 r1/2 Robert Urbanek 25 Poland POL
33 r1/2 Sultan Mubarak Al-Dawoodi 27 Saudi Arabia KSA
34 r1/2 Mykyta Nesterenko 21 Ukraine UKR
35 r1/2 Brett Morse 23 Great Britain GBR
36 r1/2 Roland Varga 34 Croatia CRO
37 r1/2 Germán Lauro 28 Argentina ARG
38 r1/2 Danijel Furtula 19 Montenegro MNE
39 r1/2 Jason Morgan 29 Jamaica JAM
40 r1/2 Yunio Lastre 30 Cuba CUB
41 r1/2 Ronald Julião 27 Brazil BRA