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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Discus Throw

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 15, 2016
Date Finished: August 16, 2016

Gold: CRO Sandra Perković
Silver: FRA Mélina Robert-Michon
Bronze: CUB Denia Caballero


Croatian [Sandra Perković] came to Rio as the defending champion and the favorite. She was World Champion in 2013 and runner-up in 2015, and had won four consecutive European Championships, in addition to her 2012 Olympic gold. However, in the final she got off to a rocky start, fouling on her first two throws. The early lead was taken by Frenchwoman [Mélina Robert-Michon] who threw 65.52 on the opening throw of the final. Perković took over the lead in round three with 69.21, which would be her only fair throw of the competition. Cuban [Denia Caballero], the 2015 World Champion, responded with 65.34 in that round to move into third.

The final rounds were anti-climactic as the three leaders maintained their positions and that would be the podium. Caballero did not improve her mark, Perković fouled on all three throws, and only Robert-Michon had an improvement, throwing a national record 66.73 in round five, but it did not change the standings. Her silver medal equaled her international placements at the 2013 Worlds and the 2014 Europeans.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sandra Perković 26 Croatia CRO Gold
2 Mélina Robert-Michon 37 France FRA Silver
3 Denia Caballero 26 Cuba CUB Bronze
4 Dani Samuels 28 Australia AUS
5 Su Xinyue 24 China CHN
6 Nadine Müller 30 Germany GER
7 Chen Yang 25 China CHN
8 Feng Bin 22 China CHN
9 Julia Fischer 26 Germany GER
10 Zinaida Sendriūtė 31 Lithuania LTU
11 Shanice Craft 23 Germany GER
AC r2/2 Yaime Pérez 25 Cuba CUB
13 r1/2 Pauline Pousse 28 France FRA
14 r1/2 Chinwe Okoro 27 Nigeria NGR
15 r1/2 Nataliya Fokina-Semenova 34 Ukraine UKR
16 r1/2 Tarasue Barnett 22 Jamaica JAM
17 r1/2 Żaneta Glanc 33 Poland POL
18 r1/2 Karen Gallardo 32 Chile CHI
19 r1/2 Dragana Tomašević 34 Serbia SRB
20 r1/2 Seema Antil 33 India IND
21 r1/2 Andressa de Morais 25 Brazil BRA
22 r1/2 Shadae Lawrence 20 Jamaica JAM
23 r1/2 Sabina Asenjo 30 Spain ESP
24 r1/2 Subenrat Insaeng 22 Thailand THA
25 r1/2 Kelsey Card 23 United States USA
26 r1/2 Khrysoula Anagnostopoulou 24 Greece GRE
27 r1/2 Bárbara Comba 29 Argentina ARG
28 r1/2 Jade Lally 29 Great Britain GBR
29 r1/2 Shelbi Vaughan 21 United States USA
30 r1/2 Natalia Artic-Stratulat 29 Moldova MDA
31 r1/2 Fernanda Martins 28 Brazil BRA
32 r1/2 Mariya Telushkina 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC r1/2 Whitney Ashley 27 United States USA
AC r1/2 Kellion Knibb 22 Jamaica JAM