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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

 

Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw

Men's discus throw
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 14–15
Competitors 27 from 19 nations
Winning distance 64.78 OR
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    East Germany
Bronze medal    Czechoslovakia
Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The Men's discus throw competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico took place on October 14–15.

Competition format

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Jay Silvester (USA) 68.40 m Reno,
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