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Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 4, 2012

Gold: CRO Sandra Perković
Silver: RUS Darya Pishchalnikova
Bronze: CHN Li Yanfeng


The favorite was Croatian [Sandra Perković], who had been the most consistent thrower throughout the year and had already won the 2012 European title. She had also won the 2010 Europeans but had been popped for PEDs (a stimulant) and served a six-month doping suspension in 2011. The 2011 World Champion was China's [Li Yanfeng], who was expected to contend, along with German [Nadine Müller], silver medalist at Daegu in 2011, and Russian [Darya Pishchalnikova], the 2006 European Champion, also returning from a two-year drug suspension when she and six other Russian athletes were found to have manipulated their drug testing samples in 2010. Perković had won 9 of 10 meets in 2012, but Pishchalnikova came into form late, with marks of 70.69, the world's longest throw in 20 years, and 69.34 in her last two meets. Defending champion [Stephanie Brown-Trafton] of the United States was back in the final, but was a medal longshot.

Müller led the first round of the final with a toss of 65.71, Pishchalnikova in second and Perković in third. In the second round Li took the lead with 67.22, but four throws later, Perković got the platter out to 68.11, a mark that would be good enough for gold. But she would improve it, tossing 69.11 in round three, the eventual winning mark. Li was second through four rounds with Pishchalnikova moving up to third place in that round. But in round five she improved to 67.56 which would win her the silver medal, Li taking bronze. Müller improved her opener in round six with 65.94 but it was only good enough for fifth place. Brown-Trafton was never a factor and placed eighth. Perković's gold medal was the first athletics gold medal for Croatia as an independent nation.

However, as so often happens in the 21st century, Pishchalnikova was later found to have a doping positive from May 2012. As this was her second doping positive, she was given a 10-year ban and all her results from May 2012 were annulled, including her 2012 Olympic results. However, as of February 2016, the IOC had not acted on her Olympic medal, so we continue to list her in that position.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sandra Perković 22 Croatia CRO Gold
2 Darya Pishchalnikova 27 Russia RUS Silver
3 Li Yanfeng 33 China CHN Bronze
4 Yarelis Barrios 29 Cuba CUB
5 Nadine Müller 26 Germany GER
6 Mélina Robert-Michon 33 France FRA
7 Krishna Poonia 30 India IND
8 Stephanie Brown-Trafton 32 United States USA
9 Zinaida Sendriūtė 27 Lithuania LTU
10 Anna Rüh 19 Germany GER
11 Ma Xuejun 27 China CHN
12 Dani Samuels 24 Australia AUS
13 Seema Antil 28 India IND
14 Nicoleta Grădinaru-Grasu 40 Romania ROU
15 Gia Lewis-Smallwood 33 United States USA
16 Andressa de Morais 21 Brazil BRA
17 Svetlana Saykina 27 Russia RUS
18 Nataliya Fokina-Semenova 30 Ukraine UKR
19 Dragana Tomašević 30 Serbia SRB
20 Julia Fischer 22 Germany GER
21 Karen Gallardo 28 Chile CHI
22 Li Wen-Hua 22 Chinese Taipei TPE
23 Vera Ganeyeva 23 Russia RUS
24 Żaneta Glanc 29 Poland POL
25 Aretha Hill-Thurmond 35 United States USA
26 Bárbara Comba 25 Argentina ARG
27 Denia Caballero 22 Cuba CUB
28 Kateryna Karsak 26 Ukraine UKR
29 Allison Randall 24 Jamaica JAM
30 Yaime Pérez 21 Cuba CUB
31 Monique Jansen 33 Netherlands NED
32 Irina Rodrigues 21 Portugal POR
33 Svetlana Serova 25 Belarus BLR
34 Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová 33 Czech Republic CZE
AC Tan Jian 24 China CHN NM