Discus Throw in History

Events in Sport

  • 1981-07-07 Ben Plucknett of US throws discus 72.34 m, but throw is disqualified
  • 1983-05-29 Yuri Dumchev of USSR throws discus a record 71.86 m
  • 1984-08-26 Zdena Silvaha (Cz) throws discus 74.55 m (women's world record)
  • 1986-06-06 Jurgen Schull sets world discus record (74.07 m)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1880-03-12 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (d. 1958)
  • 1900-11-11 Helena Konopacka, Polish discus thrower (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1904-11-25 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1912-01-30 Jadwiga Wajsowna-Marcinkiewicz, discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1932)
  • 1913-11-24 Gisela Mauermeyer, German discus thrower (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1919-01-23 Nina Dumbadze, USSR, Discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952)
  • 1922-12-23 Micheline Ostermeyer, French shot-put/discus thrower (Oly-gold-1948)
  • 1929-04-27 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved shoplift scandal, born in Smychka (d. 2016)
  • 1929-08-27 Elizabeta Bagrintseve, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic silver 1952)
  • 1931-01-22 Galina Zybina, USSR, discus thrower (15 world records between 1952-58)
  • 1932-04-25 Lia Manoliu, Romania, discus thrower (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1932-11-13 Olga Connolly-Fikotova, US discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956), born in Libi┼í, Czech Republic
  • 1936-09-19 Al Oerter, Astoria NY, discus thrower (Olympics-gold-56, 60, 64, 68)
  • 1937-02-27 L Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1937-05-10 Tamara Press, USSR, shot putter/discus thrower (Oly-gold-60)
  • 1944-11-02 Liesel Westermann, German discus thrower (Olympic silver 1968), born in Sulingen, Germany
  • 1945-06-09 Faina Myelink, USSR, discus thrower (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1950-11-15 Mac Maurice Wilkins, discus thrower (1st to break 70m)
  • 1951-04-30 Danuta Rosani, Polish discus thrower (Olympic 1976) disqualified for drugs
  • 1956-03-28 Evelin Jahl, German DR, discus thrower (Olympic-2 gold-1976)
  • 1957-12-06 Luis Mariano Delis Fournier, Cuba, discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1980)
  • 1960-05-11 Jorgen Schult, German FR, discus thrower (world record 1986)
  • 1960-07-16 Gisela Beyer, German DR, discus thrower (Olympics-4th place-1980)
  • 1962-06-03 Connie Price-Smith, discus thrower (Oly-5th-96), born in Saint Charles, Missouri
  • 1962-07-25 Mike Buncic, discus thrower, born in Patterson, New Jersey
  • 1963-09-23 Gabriele Reinsch, German DR, discus thrower (world record 1988)
  • 1965-04-30 Daniela Costian, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics-96)
  • 1966-01-16 Anthony Washington, Glasgow Montana, discus thrower (Olympics-4th-96)
  • 1966-02-21 Edie Boyer, discus thrower, born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1970-10-30 Ekaterini Voggoli, Greek discus thrower
  • 1971-12-14 Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australian discus/shot putter (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-03-31 John Godina, Fort Sill Oklahoma, shot putter/discus thrower (Oly-silver-96)
  • 1974-10-23 Beatrice Faumuina, New Zealand discus thrower (Olympics 96), born in Auckland
  • 1975-05-07 Jason Tunks, discus thrower (Olympics-96), born in London, Ontario

Deaths in Sport

  • 1958-01-23 Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek discus thrower (b. 1880)
  • 1964-02-07 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Oly-gold-32), dies at 59
  • 1983-04-14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Oly-bronze-1952), dies at 64
  • 1998-11-15 Ludvik Danek, Czechoslovak discus thrower (b. 1937)
  • 2007-10-01 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (b. 1936) (Olympics-gold-56, 60, 64, 68) dies aged 71
  • 2016-08-19 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87