| Athletics |
|Men||Jürgen Schult (GDR) 74.08 m (243 ft 1⁄2 in) (1986)|
|Women||Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) 76.80 m (251 ft 11 in) (1988)|
|Men||Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 69.89 m (229 ft 3 in) (2004)|
|Women||Martina Hellmann (GDR) 72.30 m (237 ft 2 in) (1988)|
The discus throw ( pronunciation ), also known as disc throw, is a track and field event in which an athlete throws a heavy disc—called a discus—in an attempt to mark a farther distance than their competitors. It is an ancient sport, as demonstrated by the fifth-century-BC Myron statue Discobolus . Although not part of the modern pentathlon, it was one of the events of the ancient Greek pentathlon, which can be dated back to at least to 708 BC, and it is part of the modern decathlon.
The sport of throwing the discus traces back to it being an event in the original Olympic Games of Ancient Greece.The discus as a sport was resurrected in Magdeburg, Germany, by Christian Georg Kohlrausch and his students in the 1870s. Organized Men's competition was resumed in the late 19th century, and has been a part of the modern Summer Olympic Games since the first modern competition, the 1896 Summer Olympics. Images of discus throwers figured prominently in advertising for early modern Games, such as fundraising stamps for the 1896 games, the main posters for the 1920 and 1948 Summer Olympics. Today the sport of discus is a routine part of modern track-and-field meets at all levels, and retains a particularly iconic place in the Olympic Games.
The first modern athlete to throw the discus while rotating the whole body was František Janda-Suk from Bohemia (the present Czech Republic).He invented this technique when studying the position of the famous statue of Discobolus. After only one year of developing the technique he earned a silver medal in the 1900 Olympics.
Women's competition began in the first decades of the 20th century. Following competition at national and regional levels it was added to the Olympic program for the 1928 games.
The event consists of throwing a disc of a certain weight or size depending on the competitor. Men and women throw different sized discus with varying sizes of weights depending on age. The weight of the discus is either governed by the World Athletics for international or USA Track & Field for the United States.
|High School||1.6 kg||1 kg|
|Collegiate||2 kg||1 kg|
|Professional||2 kg||1 kg|
|Master's (35-59)||1.5 kg||1 kg|
|Master's (60-74)||1 kg||1 kg|
|Master's (75+)||1 kg||0.75 kg|
|≤17||1.5 kg||1 kg|
|18-19||1.75 kg||1 kg|
|20-49||2 kg||1 kg|
|50-59||1.5 kg||1 kg|
|60-74||1 kg||1 kg|
|75+||1 kg||0.75 kg|
The typical discus has sides made of plastic, wood, fiberglass, carbon fiber or metal with a metal rim and a metal core to attain the weight. The rim must be smooth, with no roughness or finger holds. A discus with more weight in the rim produces greater angular momentum for any given spin rate, and thus more stability, although it is more difficult to throw. However, a higher rim weight, if thrown correctly, can lead to a farther throw. In some competitions, a solid rubber discus is used (see in the United States).
To make a throw, the competitor starts in a circle of 2.5 m (8 ft 2+1⁄4 in) diameter, which is recessed in a concrete pad by 20 millimetres (0.79 in). The thrower typically takes an initial stance facing away from the direction of the throw. He then spins anticlockwise (for right-handers) around one and a half times through the circle to build momentum, then releases his throw. The discus must land within a 34.92-degree sector. The rules of competition for discus are virtually identical to those of shot put, except that the circle is larger, a stop board is not used and there are no form rules concerning how the discus is to be thrown.
The basic motion is a fore-handed sidearm movement. The discus is spun off the index finger or the middle finger of the throwing hand. In flight the disc spins clockwise when viewed from above for a right-handed thrower, and anticlockwise for a left-handed thrower. As well as achieving maximum momentum in the discus on throwing, the discus' distance is also determined by the trajectory the thrower imparts, as well as the aerodynamic behavior of the discus. Generally, throws into a moderate headwind achieve the maximum distance. Also, a faster-spinning discus imparts greater gyroscopic stability. The technique of discus throwing is quite difficult to master and needs much experience to perfect, thus most top throwers are 30 years old or more.
The discus technique can be broken down into phases. The purpose is to transfer from the back to the front of the throwing circle while turning through one and a half circles. The speed of delivery is high, and speed is built up during the throw (slow to fast). Correct technique involves the buildup of torque so that maximum force can be applied to the discus on delivery.
Initially, the thrower takes up their position in the throwing circle, distributing their body weight evenly over both feet, which are roughly shoulder width apart. They crouch in order to adopt a more efficient posture to start from whilst also isometrically preloading their muscles; this will allow them to start faster and achieve a more powerful throw. They then begin the wind-up, which sets the tone for the entire throw; the rhythm of the wind-up and throw is very important.
Focusing on rhythm can bring about the consistency to get in the right positions that many throwers lack. Executing a sound discus throw with solid technique requires perfect balance. This is due to the throw being a linear movement combined with a one and a half rotation and an implement at the end of one arm. Thus, a good discus thrower needs to maintain balance within the circle.
For a right handed thrower, the next stage is to move the weight over the left foot. From this position the right foot is raised, and the athlete 'runs' across the circle. There are various techniques for this stage where the leg swings out to a small or great extent, some athletes turn on their left heel (e.g. Ilke Wylluda) but turning on the ball of the foot is far more common.
The aim is to land in the 'power position', the right foot should be in the center and the heel should not touch the ground at any point. The left foot should land very quickly after the right. Weight should be mostly over the back foot with as much torque as possible in the body—so the right arm is high and far back. This is very hard to achieve.
The critical stage is the delivery of the discus, from this 'power position' the hips drive through hard, and will be facing the direction of the throw on delivery. Athletes employ various techniques to control the end-point and recover from the throw, such as fixing feet (to pretty much stop dead), or an active reverse spinning onto the left foot (e.g. Virgilijus Alekna ).
Sports scientist Richard Ganslen researched the Aerodynamics of the Discus, reporting the discus will stall at an angle of 29°.
The discus throw has been the subject of a number of well-known ancient Greek statues and Roman copies such as the Discobolus and Discophoros . The discus throw also appears repeatedly in ancient Greek mythology, featured as a means of manslaughter in the cases of Hyacinth, Crocus, Phocus, and Acrisius, and as a named event in the funeral games of Patroclus.
Discus throwers have been selected as a main motif in numerous collectors' coins. One of the recent samples is the €10 Greek Discus commemorative coin, minted in 2003 to commemorate the 2004 Summer Olympics. On the obverse of the coin a modern athlete is seen in the foreground in a half-turned position, while in the background an ancient discus thrower has been captured in a lively bending motion, with the discus high above his head, creating a vivid representation of the sport.
Under US high school rules, if a discus hits the surrounding safety cage and is deflected into the sector, it is ruled a foul. In contrast, under International, WMA, NCAA and USATF rules, it is ruled a legal throw. Additionally, under US high school rules, distances thrown are rounded down to the nearest whole inch, rather than the nearest centimeter.
US high school rules allow the use of a solid rubber discus; it is cheaper and easier to learn to throw (due to its more equal distribution of weight, as opposed to the heavy rim weight of the metal rim/core discus), but less durable. However, there are a vast variety of metal discuses to choose from. The weight is not always distributed into the rim of metal discuses as there are four categories that the discs are sold in; center weighted, low spin, high spin, and very high spin. Center weighted discs carry 50-60% of their weight in the rims and are intended for beginner throwers just as rubber discs are.
|1||74.08 m (243 ft 1⁄2 in)||Jürgen Schult (GDR)||6 June 1986||Neubrandenburg|
|2||73.88 m (242 ft 4+1⁄2 in)||Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)||3 August 2000||Kaunas|
|3||73.38 m (240 ft 8+3⁄4 in)||Gerd Kanter (EST)||4 September 2006||Helsingborg|
|4||71.86 m (235 ft 9 in)||Yuriy Dumchev (URS)||29 May 1983||Moscow|
|Daniel Ståhl (SWE)||29 June 2019||Bottnaryd|
|6||71.84 m (235 ft 8+1⁄4 in)||Piotr Małachowski (POL)||8 June 2013||Hengelo|
|7||71.70 m (235 ft 2+3⁄4 in)||Róbert Fazekas (HUN)||14 July 2002||Szombathely|
|8||71.50 m (234 ft 6+3⁄4 in)||Lars Riedel (GER)||3 May 1997||Wiesbaden|
|9||71.32 m (233 ft 11+3⁄4 in)||Ben Plucknett (USA)||4 June 1983||Eugene|
|10||71.26 m (233 ft 9+1⁄2 in)||John Powell (USA)||9 June 1984||San Jose|
|71.26 m (233 ft 9+1⁄2 in)||Rickard Bruch (SWE)||15 November 1984||Malmö|
|71.26 m (233 ft 9+1⁄2 in)||Imrich Bugár (TCH)||25 May 1985||San Jose|
|13||71.18 m (233 ft 6+1⁄4 in)||Art Burns (USA)||19 July 1983||San Jose|
|14||71.16 m (233 ft 5+1⁄2 in)||Wolfgang Schmidt (GDR)||9 August 1978||Berlin|
|15||71.14 m (233 ft 4+3⁄4 in)||Anthony Washington (USA)||22 May 1996||Salinas|
|16||71.06 m (233 ft 1+1⁄2 in)||Luis Delís (CUB)||21 May 1983||Havana|
|17||70.98 m (232 ft 10+1⁄4 in)||Mac Wilkins (USA)||9 July 1980||Helsinki|
|18||70.82 m (232 ft 4 in)||Aleksander Tammert (EST)||15 April 2006||Denton|
|19||70.78 m (232 ft 2+1⁄2 in)||Fedrick Dacres (JAM)||16 June 2019||Rabat|
|20||70.66 m (231 ft 9+3⁄4 in)||Robert Harting (GER)||22 May 2012||Turnov|
|21||70.54 m (231 ft 5 in)||Dmitriy Shevchenko (RUS)||7 May 2002||Krasnodar|
|22||70.38 m (230 ft 10+3⁄4 in)||Jay Silvester (USA)||16 May 1971||Lancaster|
|23||70.32 m (230 ft 8+1⁄2 in)||Frantz Kruger (RSA)||26 May 2002||Salon-de-Provence|
|24||70.29 m (230 ft 7+1⁄4 in)||Mauricio Ortega (COL)||22 July 2020||Lovelhe|
|25||70.06 m (229 ft 10+1⁄4 in)||Romas Ubartas (LTU)||8 May 1988||Smalininkai|
Below is a list of all other performances (excluding ancillary throws) equal or superior to 71.00 m:
At the 2019 Diamond League Meeting in Doha, Qatar, Daniel Ståhl became the first man to produce six throws beyond 69.50 in a single competition.
|1||76.80 m (251 ft 11+1⁄2 in)||Gabriele Reinsch (GDR)||9 July 1988||Neubrandenburg|
|2||74.56 m (244 ft 7+1⁄4 in)||Zdeňka Šilhavá (TCH)||26 August 1984||Nitra|
|74.56 m (244 ft 7+1⁄4 in)||Ilke Wyludda (GDR)||23 July 1989||Neubrandenburg|
|4||74.08 m (243 ft 1⁄2 in)||Diana Sachse (GDR)||20 June 1987||Karl-Marx-Stadt|
|5||73.84 m (242 ft 3 in)||Daniela Costian (ROU)||30 April 1988||Bucharest|
|6||73.36 m (240 ft 8 in)||Irina Meszynski (GDR)||17 August 1984||Prague|
|7||73.28 m (240 ft 5 in)||Galina Savinkova (URS)||8 September 1984||Donetsk|
|8||73.22 m (240 ft 2+1⁄2 in)||Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL)||19 April 1987||Kazanlak|
|9||73.10 m (239 ft 9+3⁄4 in)||Gisela Beyer (GDR)||20 July 1984||Berlin|
|10||72.92 m (239 ft 2+3⁄4 in)||Martina Hellmann (GDR)||20 August 1987||Potsdam|
|11||72.14 m (236 ft 8 in)||Galina Murashova (URS)||17 August 1984||Prague|
|12||71.80 m (235 ft 6+3⁄4 in)||Mariya Vergova (BUL)||13 July 1980||Sofia|
|13||71.68 m (235 ft 2 in)||Xiao Yanling (CHN)||14 March 1992||Beijing|
|14||71.58 m (234 ft 10 in)||Ellina Zvereva (URS)||12 June 1988||Leningrad|
|15||71.50 m (234 ft 6+3⁄4 in)||Evelin Jahl (GDR)||10 May 1980||Potsdam|
|16||71.41 m (234 ft 3+1⁄4 in)||Sandra Perković (CRO)||18 July 2017||Bellinzona|
|17||71.30 m (233 ft 11 in)||Larisa Korotkevich (RUS)||29 May 1992||Sochi|
|18||71.22 m (233 ft 7+3⁄4 in)||Ria Stalman (NED)||15 July 1984||Walnut|
|19||70.88 m (232 ft 6+1⁄2 in)||Hilda Ramos (CUB)||8 May 1992||Havana|
|20||70.80 m (232 ft 3+1⁄4 in)||Larisa Mikhalchenko (URS)||18 June 1988||Kharkiv|
|21||70.68 m (231 ft 10+1⁄2 in)||Maritza Martén (CUB)||18 July 1992||Sevilla|
|22||70.65 m (231 ft 9+1⁄4 in)||Denia Caballero (CUB)||20 June 2015||Bilbao|
|23||70.50 m (231 ft 3+1⁄2 in)||Faina Melnik (URS)||24 April 1976||Sochi|
|24||70.34 m (230 ft 9+1⁄4 in)||Silvia Madetzky (GDR)||16 May 1988||Athens|
|25||70.22 m (230 ft 4+1⁄2 in)||Jorinde van Klinken (NLD)||22 May 2021||Tucson|
Below is a list of all other performances (excluding ancillary throws) equal or superior to 72.95 m:
| 1896 Athens || Robert Garrett |
| Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos |
| Sotirios Versis |
| 1900 Paris || Rudolf Bauer |
| František Janda-Suk |
| Richard Sheldon |
| 1904 St. Louis || Martin Sheridan |
| Ralph Rose |
| Nikolaos Georgantas |
| 1908 London || Martin Sheridan |
| Merritt Giffin |
| Bill Horr |
| 1912 Stockholm || Armas Taipale |
| Richard Byrd |
| James Duncan |
| 1920 Antwerp || Elmer Niklander |
| Armas Taipale |
| Gus Pope |
| 1924 Paris || Bud Houser |
| Vilho Niittymaa |
| Thomas Lieb |
| 1928 Amsterdam || Bud Houser |
| Antero Kivi |
| James Corson |
| 1932 Los Angeles || John Anderson |
| Henri LaBorde |
| Paul Winter |
| 1936 Berlin || Ken Carpenter |
| Gordon Dunn |
| Giorgio Oberweger |
| 1948 London || Adolfo Consolini |
| Giuseppe Tosi |
| Fortune Gordien |
| 1952 Helsinki || Sim Iness |
| Adolfo Consolini |
| James Dillion |
| 1956 Melbourne || Al Oerter |
| Fortune Gordien |
| Des Koch |
| 1960 Rome || Al Oerter |
| Rink Babka |
| Dick Cochran |
| 1964 Tokyo || Al Oerter |
| Ludvík Daněk |
| Dave Weill |
| 1968 Mexico City || Al Oerter |
| Lothar Milde |
| Ludvík Daněk |
| 1972 Munich || Ludvík Daněk |
| Jay Silvester |
| Ricky Bruch |
| 1976 Montreal || Mac Wilkins |
| Wolfgang Schmidt |
| John Powell |
| 1980 Moscow || Viktor Rashchupkin |
| Imrich Bugár |
| Luis Delís |
| 1984 Los Angeles || Rolf Danneberg |
| Mac Wilkins |
| John Powell |
| 1988 Seoul || Jürgen Schult |
| Romas Ubartas |
| Rolf Danneberg |
| 1992 Barcelona || Romas Ubartas |
| Jürgen Schult |
| Roberto Moya |
| 1996 Atlanta || Lars Riedel |
| Vladimir Dubrovshchik |
| Vasiliy Kaptyukh |
| 2000 Sydney || Virgilijus Alekna |
| Lars Riedel |
| Frantz Kruger |
| 2004 Athens || Virgilijus Alekna |
| Zoltán Kővágó |
| Aleksander Tammert |
| 2008 Beijing || Gerd Kanter |
| Piotr Małachowski |
| Virgilijus Alekna |
| 2012 London || Robert Harting |
| Ehsan Haddadi |
| Gerd Kanter |
| 2016 Rio de Janeiro || Christoph Harting |
| Piotr Małachowski |
| Daniel Jasinski |
| 1928 Amsterdam || Halina Konopacka |
| Lillian Copeland |
| Ruth Svedberg |
| 1932 Los Angeles || Lillian Copeland |
| Ruth Osburn |
| Jadwiga Wajs |
| 1936 Berlin || Gisela Mauermayer |
| Jadwiga Wajs |
| Paula Mollenhauer |
| 1948 London || Micheline Ostermeyer |
| Edera Gentile |
| Jacqueline Mazéas |
| 1952 Helsinki || Nina Romashkova |
| Yelisaveta Bagriantseva |
| Nina Dumbadze |
| 1956 Melbourne || Olga Fikotová |
| Irina Beglyakova |
| Nina Romashkova |
| 1960 Rome || Nina Romashkova |
| Tamara Press |
| Lia Manoliu |
| 1964 Tokyo || Tamara Press |
| Ingrid Lotz |
United Team of Germany
| Lia Manoliu |
| 1968 Mexico City || Lia Manoliu |
| Liesel Westermann |
| Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek |
| 1972 Munich || Faina Melnik |
| Argentina Menis |
| Vasilka Stoeva |
| 1976 Montreal || Evelin Schlaak |
| Mariya Vergova |
| Gabriele Hinzmann |
| 1980 Moscow || Evelin Jahl |
| Mariya Petkova |
| Tatyana Lesovaya |
| 1984 Los Angeles || Ria Stalman |
| Leslie Deniz |
| Florența Crăciunescu |
| 1988 Seoul || Martina Hellmann |
| Diana Gansky |
| Tsvetanka Khristova |
| 1992 Barcelona || Maritza Martén |
| Tsvetanka Khristova |
| Daniela Costian |
| 1996 Atlanta || Ilke Wyludda |
| Natalya Sadova |
| Ellina Zvereva |
| 2000 Sydney || Ellina Zvereva |
| Anastasia Kelesidou |
| Iryna Yatchenko |
| 2004 Athens || Natalya Sadova |
| Anastasia Kelesidou |
| Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová |
| 2008 Beijing || Stephanie Brown Trafton |
| Yarelys Barrios |
| Olena Antonova |
| 2012 London || Sandra Perković |
| Li Yanfeng |
| Yarelys Barrios |
| 2016 Rio de Janeiro || Sandra Perković |
| Mélina Robert-Michon |
| Denia Caballero |
| 1983 Helsinki ||Imrich Bugár (TCH)||Luis Delís (CUB)||Géjza Valent (TCH)|
| 1987 Rome ||Jürgen Schult (GDR)||John Powell (USA)||Luis Delís (CUB)|
| 1991 Tokyo ||Lars Riedel (GER)||Erik de Bruin (NED)||Attila Horváth (HUN)|
| 1993 Stuttgart ||Lars Riedel (GER)||Dmitry Shevchenko (RUS)||Jürgen Schult (GER)|
| 1995 Gothenburg ||Lars Riedel (GER)||Vladimir Dubrovshchik (BLR)||Vasiliy Kaptyukh (BLR)|
| 1997 Athens ||Lars Riedel (GER)||Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)||Jürgen Schult (GER)|
| 1999 Seville ||Anthony Washington (USA)||Jürgen Schult (GER)||Lars Riedel (GER)|
| 2001 Edmonton ||Lars Riedel (GER)||Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)||Michael Möllenbeck (GER)|
| 2003 Saint-Denis ||Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)||Róbert Fazekas (HUN)||Vasiliy Kaptyukh (BLR)|
| 2005 Helsinki ||Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)||Gerd Kanter (EST)||Michael Möllenbeck (GER)|
| 2007 Osaka ||Gerd Kanter (EST)||Robert Harting (GER)||Rutger Smith (NED)|
| 2009 Berlin ||Robert Harting (GER)||Piotr Małachowski (POL)||Gerd Kanter (EST)|
| 2011 Daegu ||Robert Harting (GER)||Gerd Kanter (EST)||Ehsan Haddadi (IRI)|
| 2013 Moscow ||Robert Harting (GER)||Piotr Małachowski (POL)||Gerd Kanter (EST)|
| 2015 Beijing ||Piotr Małachowski (POL)||Philip Milanov (BEL)||Robert Urbanek (POL)|
| 2017 London ||Andrius Gudžius (LTU)||Daniel Ståhl (SWE)||Mason Finley (USA)|
| 2019 Doha ||Daniel Ståhl (SWE)||Fedrick Dacres (JAM)||Lukas Weißhaidinger (AUT)|
| 1983 Helsinki ||Martina Opitz (GDR)||Galina Murašova (URS)||Mariya Petkova (BUL)|
| 1987 Rome ||Martina Hellmann (GDR)||Diana Gansky (GDR)||Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL)|
| 1991 Tokyo ||Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL)||Ilke Wyludda (GER)||Larisa Mikhalchenko (URS)|
| 1993 Stuttgart ||Olga Chernyavskaya (RUS)||Daniela Costian (AUS)||Min Chunfeng (CHN)|
| 1995 Gothenburg ||Ellina Zvereva (BLR)||Ilke Wyludda (GER)||Olga Chernyavskaya (RUS)|
| 1997 Athens ||Beatrice Faumuina (NZL)||Ellina Zvereva (BLR)||Natalya Sadova (RUS)|
| 1999 Seville ||Franka Dietzsch (GER)||Anastasia Kelesidou (GRE)||Nicoleta Grasu (ROU)|
| 2001 Edmonton ||Ellina Zvereva (BLR)||Nicoleta Grasu (ROU)||Anastasia Kelesidou (GRE)|
| 2003 Saint-Denis ||Iryna Yatchenko (BLR)||Anastasia Kelesidou (GRE)||Ekaterini Voggoli (GRE)|
| 2005 Helsinki ||Franka Dietzsch (GER)||Natalya Sadova (RUS)||Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová (CZE)|
| 2007 Osaka ||Franka Dietzsch (GER)||Yarelis Barrios (CUB)||Nicoleta Grasu (ROU)|
| 2009 Berlin ||Dani Samuels (AUS)||Yarelis Barrios (CUB)||Nicoleta Grasu (ROU)|
| 2011 Daegu ||Li Yanfeng (CHN)||Nadine Müller (GER)||Yarelis Barrios (CUB)|
| 2013 Moscow ||Sandra Perković (CRO)||Mélina Robert-Michon (FRA)||Yarelis Barrios (CUB)|
| 2015 Beijing ||Denia Caballero (CUB)||Sandra Perković (CRO)||Nadine Müller (GER)|
| 2017 London ||Sandra Perković (CRO)||Dani Stevens (AUS)||Mélina Robert-Michon (FRA)|
| 2019 Doha ||Yaime Pérez (CUB)||Denia Caballero (CUB)||Sandra Perković (CRO)|
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Lithuania competed at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics from August 27 to September 4 in Daegu, South Korea. A team of 15 athletes was announced to represent the country in the event. The team will be led by Olympic gold medalist, discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna.
The 2013 European Cup Winter Throwing was held on 16 and 17 March at the Pista de Atletismo Universitat Jaume I and Complejo Deportivo Gaetà Huguet in Castellón, Spain. It was the thirteenth edition of the athletics competition in throwing events and was jointly organised by the European Athletic Association and the Real Federación Española de Atletismo. The competition featured men's and women's contests in shot put, discus throw, javelin throw and hammer throw. In addition to the senior competitions, there were also under-23 events for younger athletes. A total of 249 athletes from 38 nations entered the competition. It was the second time that Spain hosted the event, following on from the 2009 edition held in Tenerife.
Ryan Crouser is an American shot putter and discus thrower. On January 24, 2021, he threw 22.82 m to set a new World Indoor Shot Put Record in Fayetteville, Arkansas USA. The previous world indoor record of 22.66 m was set by Randy Barnes in 1989. Crouser also had a 22.70 m throw in the fourth round that also broke the 32 year old world record. Crouser won the gold medal in the shot put at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, setting the current Olympic Games record of 22.52 m.
The discus throw at the World Championships in Athletics has been contested by both men and women since the inaugural edition in 1983. The competition format typically has one qualifying round contested by two groups of athletes, with all those clearing the qualifying height or placing in top twelve overall advancing to the final round.