Discus throw for women is being played in the
Olympics since the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games. After that, it has
been regular feature of athletic schedule in the Olympics.
Rules and Regulations
Specification of the rules and regulations for discus throw women is
done by the International Association of Athletics Federations or
- A discus thrower is not permitted to leave the throwing
circle until the disc thrown by him has landed. Thereafter he
comes out of the circle via the rear with the permission of the
- The athletes get eight chances to throw the disc. The longest
distance thrown by them is evaluated.
- The IAAF specifies the weight of the disc used in the discus
- If two athletes have tied, the result is decided by
calculating the second best throw the discus throwers.
- Measurement of the distance moved by the disc is measured
from the circle border to the landing point.
Discus is the object thrown in this competition. For the women it
has the diameter of 181 mm and weight of one kilogram. The discus
has metallic core and rim, while it is covered by rubber, plastic or
Throwing of Discus
Initially, the discus thrower takes a posture facing away from the
direction where she would throw. She turns around one and a half
time through the circle. She does this to build momentum. Then she
throws the discus. The athlete is not permitted to leave the
throwing circle until the disc has reached the landing point.
Women athletes who have done well in the discus throw at the
Olympics are Daniela Costian, Diana Sachse-Gansky, Ilke Wyludda,
Zdenka Silhava, Martina Hellmann, Gisela Beyer, Tsvetanka Khristova,
Nina Romashkova, Olga Fikotova, Micheline Ostermeyer, Gisela
Mauermayer, Lillian Copeland Galina Savinkova, Irina Meszynski,
Gabriele Reinsch, Natalya Sadova, Ellina Zvereva, Maritza Marten,
Ria Stalman, Evelin Schlaak, Faina Melnik, Lia Manoliu, and Tamara