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

Women's Discus Throw

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 the IAAF.
  • 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 judge.
  • 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 throw event.
  • 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
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 wood.

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.

Top Performers
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 Press.

Women's Discus Throw Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1928 Halina Konopacka
Poland
Lillian Copeland
United States
Ruth Svedberg
Sweden
1932 Lillian Copeland
United States
Ruth Osburn
United States
Jadwiga Wajs
Poland
1936 Gisela Mauermayer
Germany
Jadwiga Wajsówna
Poland
Paula Mollenhauer
Germany
1948 Micheline Ostermeyer
France
Edera Cordiale
Italy
Jacqueline Mazeas
France
1952 Nina Romashkova
Soviet Union
Elizaveta Bagryantseva
Soviet Union
Nina Dumbadze
Soviet Union
1956 Olga Fikotová
Czechoslovakia
Irina Beglyakova
Soviet Union
Nina Romashkova
Soviet Union
1960 Nina Romashkova
Soviet Union
Tamara Press
Soviet Union
Lia MANOLIU
Romania
1964 Tamara Press
Soviet Union
Ingrid LOTZ
United Team Of Germany
Lia Manoliu
Romania
1968 Lia Manoliu
Romania
Liesel WESTERMANN
West Germany
Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek
Hungary
1972 Faina Melnik
Soviet Union
Argentina Menis
Romania
Vasilka Stoeva
Bulgaria
1976 Evelin Schlaak
East Germany
Mariya Vergova
Bulgaria
Gabriele Hinzmann
East Germany
1980 Evelin Jahl
East Germany
Mariya Petkova
Bulgaria
Tatiana Lesovaia
Soviet Union
1984 Ria Stalman
Netherlands
Leslie Deniz
United States
Florenta Craciunescu
Romania
1988 Martina Hellmann
East Germany
Diana Gansky
East Germany
Tsvetanka Khristova
Bulgaria
1992 Maritza Martén
Cuba
Tsvetanka Khristova
Bulgaria
Daniela Costian
Australia
1996 Ilke Wyludda
Germany
Natalya Sadova
Russia
Ellina Zvereva
Belarus
2000 Ellina Zvereva
Belarus
Anastasia Kelesidou
Greece
Irina Yatchenko
Belarus
2004 Natalya Sadova
Russia
Anastasia Kelesidou
Greece
Vera Pospíšilová-Cechlová
Czech Republic
2008 Stephanie Brown Trafton
United States
Yarelys Barrios
Cuba
Olena Antonova
Ukraine
2012 Sandra Perkovic
Croatia
Li Yanfeng
China
Yarelys Barrios
Cuba
2016 Sandra Perković
Croatia
Mélina Robert-Michon
France
Denia Caballero
Cuba