Olympics
List of all Olympics Men's Discus Throw winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Men's Discus Throw

Discus throw event has been the part of every Olympics since its beginning in 1896.

Discus Throw
Men athletes have to throw a heavy lenticular disc with a weight of two kilograms and a diameter of 220 mm. The discus usually has its outer layer made of rubber, plastic or wood, with a metal rim and a metal core to attain the weight.

The Action
Discus thrower takes an initial stance facing away from the direction of the throw. For building momentum, he spins around one and a half time through the circle and releases the throw. The athlete must not leave the throwing circle until the disc has landed. After the disc lands, the athlete comes out via the rear portion of the circle.

Rules and Regulations
  • Every athlete gets eight opportunities to throw the disc. The top three throws determine the three medalists.
  • If two athletes have tied, the second best throw of the athletes is evaluated.
  • Weight of the disc used in the event is specified by the IAAF.
  • Measurement of the distance covered by the disc is done from the border of the circle to the landing point of the disc.
  • Until a disc lands, the athlete is not allowed to leave the discus throwing circle. If he does so, he is disqualified.
Dominating Country
Athletes from the United States of America have been the dominating force in discus throwing events of the Olympics.

Top Performers
Top men athletes for discus throw in the Olympics are Yuriy Dumchev, Gerd Kanter, Virgilijus Alekna, Jurgen Schult, Quiik Musta, Imrich Bugar, Ricky Bruch, John Powell, Ben Plucknett, Lars Riedel, Robert Fazekas, Virgilijus Alekna, Romas Ubartas, Rolf Danneberg, John Anderson, Clarence Houser, Elmer Niklander, Armas Taipale, Martin Sheridan, Rudolf Bauer, Viktor Rashchupkin, Mac Wilkins, Ludvik Danek, Al Oerter, Sim Iness, Adolfo Consolini and Ken Carpenter. US athletes have been dominating since the inception of the game.

Men's Discus Throw Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1896 Robert Garrett
United States
Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos
Greece
Sotirios Versis
Greece
1900 Rudolf Bauer
Hungary
František Janda-Suk
Bohemia
Richard Sheldon
United States
1904 Martin Sheridan
United States
Ralph Rose
United States
Nikolaos Georgantas
Greece
1908 Martin Sheridan
United States
Merritt Giffin
United States
Bill Horr
United States
1912 Armas Taipale
Finland
Richard Byrd
United States
James Duncan
United States
1920 Elmer Konstantin Niklander
Finland
Armas Rudolf Taipale
Finland
Gus Pope
United States
1924 Bud Houser
United States
Vilho Niittymaa
Finland
Tom Lieb
United States
1928 Bud Houser
United States
Antero Kivi
Finland
James Corson
United States
1932 John Anderson
United States
Henri LaBorde
United States
Paul Winter
France
1936 William Kenneth CARPENTER
United States
Gordon DUNN
United States

1948 Adolfo Consolini
Italy
Giuseppe Tosi
Italy
Fortune Gordien
United States
1952 Sim Iness
United States
Adolfo Consolini
Italy
James Dillion
United States
1956 Al Oerter
United States
Fortune Gordien
United States
Des Koch
United States
1960 Al OERTER
United States
Rink BABKA
United States
Richard COCHRAN
United States
1964 Al OERTER
United States
Ludvík Danek
Czechoslovakia
David Lawson WEILL
United States
1968 Al Oerter
United States
Lothar Milde
East Germany
Ludvík Danek
Czechoslovakia
1972 Ludvík Danek
Czechoslovakia
Jay Silvester
United States
Rickard Bruch
Sweden
1976 Mac Wilkins
United States
Wolfgang Schmidt
East Germany
John Powell
United States
1980 Viktor Rashchupkin
Soviet Union
Imrich Bugár
Czechoslovakia
Luis Delis
Cuba
1984 Rolf Danneberg
West Germany
Mac Wilkins
United States
John Powell
United States
1988 Jürgen SCHULT
East Germany
Romas Ubartas
Soviet Union
Rolf Danneberg
West Germany
1992 Romas Ubartas
Lithuania
Jürgen Schult
Germany
Roberto Moya
Cuba
1996 Lars Riedel
Germany
Vladimir Dubrovshchik
Belarus
Vasiliy Kaptyukh
Belarus
2000 Virgilijus Alekna
Lithuania
Lars Riedel
Germany
Frantz Kruger
South Africa
2004 Virgilijus Alekna
Lithuania
Zoltán Kovágó
Hungary
Aleksander Tammert
Estonia
2008 Gerd Kanter
Estonia
Piotr Malachowski
Poland
Virgilijus Alekna
Lithuania
2012 Robert Harting
Germany
Ehsan Haddadi
Iran
Gerd Kanter
Estonia
2016 Christoph Harting
Germany
Piotr Małachowski
Poland
Daniel Jasinski
Germany