Discus throw

"Discus thrower" and "Discus" redirect here. For the statue, see Discobolus. For other uses, see Discus (disambiguation).
Discus throw

German 2012 Olympic champion Robert Harting.
Men's records
World  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 74.08 m (1986)
Olympic  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 69.89 m (2004)
Women's records
World  Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) 76.80 m (1988)
Olympic  Martina Hellmann (GDR) 72.30 m (1988)

The discus throw ( pronunciation) 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-B.C. 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.[1]


Modern copy of the Diskophoros, attributed to Alkamenes

Discus is a routine part of most modern track-and-field meets at all levels and is a sport which is particularly iconic of the Olympic Games. The men's competition has been a part of the modern Summer Olympic Games since the first Olympiad in 1896. Images of discus throwers figured prominently in advertising for early modern Games, such as fundraising stamps for the 1896 games and the main posters for the 1920 and 1948 Summer Olympics.

The discus was re-discovered in Magdeburg, Germany, by Christian Georg Kohlrausch and his students in the 1870s. His work around the discus and the earlier throwing techniques have been published since the 1880.

The first modern athlete to throw the discus while rotating the whole body was František Janda-Suk from Bohemia (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 gained the olympic silver in 1900.

The women's competition was added to the Olympic program in the 1928 games, although they had been competing at some national and regional levels previously.


Discus-thrower, tondo of a kylix by the Kleomelos Painter, Louvre Museum

The men's discus is a heavy lenticular disc with a weight of 2 kilograms (4.4 lb) and diameter of 22 centimetres (8.7 in), the women's discus has a weight of 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) and diameter of 18 centimetres (7.1 in).

Under IAAF (international) rules, Youth boys (16–17 years) throw the 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb) discus, the Junior men (18–19 years) throw the unique 1.75 kilograms (3.9 lb) discus, and the girls/women of those ages throw the 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) discus.

In international competition, men throw the 2 kg discus through to age 49. The 1.5 kilograms (3.3 lb) discus is thrown by ages 50–59, and men age 60 and beyond throw the 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) discus. Women throw the 1 kilogram (2.2 lb) discus through to age 74. Starting with age 75, women throw the 0.75 kilograms (1.7 lb) discus.

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. A solid rubber discus is sometimes used (see in the United States).

To make a throw, the competitor starts in a circle of 2.5 m (8 ft 214 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 distance from the front edge of the circle to where the discus has landed is measured, and distances are rounded down to the nearest centimetre. The competitor's best throw from the allocated number of throws, typically three to six, is recorded, and the competitor who legally throws the discus the farthest is declared the winner. Ties are broken by determining which thrower has the longer second-best throw.

The basic motion is a forehanded 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 lots of experience to get right, 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 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.

Rutger Smith in phases of the discus throw

During the wind up, keep weight is evenly distributed between the feet, which are about shoulder distance and not overly active. The wind up sets the tone for the entire throw, the rhythm of the 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.[2]

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[3]) 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. power position

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[4]), or an active reverse spinning onto the left foot (e.g. Virgilijus Alekna[5]).

Sports scientist Richard Ganslen researched the Aerodynamics of the Discus, reporting the discus will stall at an angle of 29°.[6]


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.

United States

In U.S. high school track and field, boys typically throw a discus weighing 1.6 kg (3 lb 9 oz) and the girls throw the 1 kg (2.2 lb) women's discus. Under USATF Youth rules, boys throw the 1 kg discus between the ages of 11-14, and transition to the 1.6 kg discus as 15- to 18-year-olds. Girls throw the 1 kg discus as 11- to 18-year-olds.

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 IAAF, 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 centimetre.

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.

Top 25 performers

Gerd Kanter in Osaka

Accurate as of June 2015.[7][8]


Rank Mark Athlete Venue Date
1 74.08 m (243 ft 012 in)  Jürgen Schult (GDR) Neubrandenburg 6 June 1986
2 73.88 m (242 ft 412 in)  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) Kaunas 3 August 2000
3 73.38 m (240 ft 834 in)  Gerd Kanter (EST) Helsingborg 4 September 2006
4 71.86 m (235 ft 9 in)  Yuriy Dumchev (URS) Moscow 29 May 1983
5 71.84 m (235 ft 814 in)  Piotr Małachowski (POL) Hengelo 8 June 2013
6 71.70 m (235 ft 234 in)  Róbert Fazekas (HUN) Szombathely 14 July 2002
7 71.50 m (234 ft 634 in)  Lars Riedel (GER) Wiesbaden 3 May 1997
8 71.32 m (233 ft 1134 in)  Ben Plucknett (USA) Eugene 4 June 1983
9= 71.26 m (233 ft 912 in)  John Powell (USA) San Jose 9 June 1984
9= 71.26 m (233 ft 912 in)  Rickard Bruch (SWE) Malmö 15 November 1984
9= 71.26 m (233 ft 912 in)  Imrich Bugár (TCH) San Jose, CA 25 May 1985
12 71.18 m (233 ft 614 in)  Art Burns (USA) San Jose 19 July 1983
13 71.16 m (233 ft 512 in)  Wolfgang Schmidt (GDR) Berlin 9 August 1978
14 71.14 m (233 ft 434 in)  Anthony Washington (USA) Salinas 22 May 1996
15 71.06 m (233 ft 112 in)  Luis Delís (CUB) Havana 21 May 1983
16 70.98 m (232 ft 1014 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) Helsinki 9 July 1980
17 70.82 m (232 ft 4 in)  Aleksander Tammert (EST) Denton 15 April 2006
18 70.66 m (231 ft 934 in)  Robert Harting (GER) Turnov 22 May 2012
19 70.54 m (231 ft 5 in)  Dmitriy Shevchenko (RUS) Krasnodar 7 May 2002
20 70.38 m (230 ft 1034 in)  Jay Silvester (USA) Lancaster 16 May 1971
21 70.32 m (230 ft 812 in)  Frantz Kruger (RSA) Salon-de-Provence 26 May 2002
22 70.06 m (229 ft 1014 in)  Romas Ubartas (LTU) Smalininkai 8 May 1988
23 70.00 m (229 ft 734 in)  Juan Martínez (CUB) Havana 21 May 1983
24 69.95 m (229 ft 534 in)  Zoltán Kővágó (HUN) Salon-de-Provence 25 May 2006
25 69.91 m (229 ft 414 in)  John Godina (USA) Salinas 19 May 1998

Non-Legal Marks


Rank Mark Athlete Venue Date Ref
1 76.80 m (251 ft 1112 in)  Gabriele Reinsch (GDR) Neubrandenburg 9 July 1988
2 74.56 m (244 ft 714 in)  Zdeňka Šilhavá (TCH) Nitra 26 August 1984
74.56 m (244 ft 714 in)  Ilke Wyludda (GDR) Neubrandenburg 23 July 1989
4 74.08 m (243 ft 012 in)  Diana Sachse (GDR) Karl-Marx-Stadt 20 June 1987
5 73.84 m (242 ft 3 in)  Daniela Costian (ROU) Bucharest 30 April 1988
6 73.36 m (240 ft 8 in)  Irina Meszynski (GDR) Prague 17 August 1984
7 73.28 m (240 ft 5 in)  Galina Savinkova (URS) Donetsk 8 September 1984
8 73.22 m (240 ft 212 in)  Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL) Kazanlak 19 April 1987
9 73.10 m (239 ft 934 in)  Gisela Beyer (GDR) Berlin 20 July 1984
10 72.92 m (239 ft 234 in)  Martina Hellmann (GDR) Potsdam 20 August 1987
11 72.14 m (236 ft 8 in)  Galina Murashova (URS) Prague 17 August 1984
12 71.80 m (235 ft 634 in)  Mariya Vergova (BUL) Sofia 13 July 1980
13 71.68 m (235 ft 2 in)  Xiao Yanling (CHN) Beijing 14 March 1992
14 71.58 m (234 ft 10 in)  Ellina Zvereva (URS) Leningrad 12 June 1988
15 71.50 m (234 ft 634 in)  Evelin Jahl (GDR) Potsdam 10 May 1980
16 71.30 m (233 ft 11 in)  Larisa Korotkevich (RUS) Sochi 29 May 1992
17 71.22 m (233 ft 734 in)  Ria Stalman (NED) Walnut 15 July 1984
18 71.08 m (233 ft 214 in)  Sandra Perković (CRO) Zürich 16 August 2014
19 70.88 m (232 ft 612 in)  Hilda Ramos (CUB) Havana 8 May 1992
20 70.80 m (232 ft 314 in)  Larisa Mikhalchenko (URS) Kharkov 18 June 1988
21 70.68 m (231 ft 1012 in)  Maritza Martén (CUB) Sevilla 18 July 1992
22 70.65 m (231 ft 914 in)  Denia Caballero (CUB) Bilbao 20 June 2015 [9]
23 70.50 m (231 ft 312 in)  Faina Melnik (URS) Sochi 24 April 1976
24 70.34 m (230 ft 914 in)  Silvia Madetzky (GDR) Athens 16 May 1988
25 70.02 m (229 ft 812 in)  Natalya Sadova (RUS) Thessaloniki 23 June 1999


Below is a list of throws equal or superior to 72.94m:

Non-Legal Marks

Olympic medalists


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1896 Athens
 Robert Garrett (USA)  Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos (GRE)  Sotirios Versis (GRE)
1900 Paris
 Rudolf Bauer (HUN)  František Janda-Suk (BOH)  Richard Sheldon (USA)
1904 St. Louis
 Martin Sheridan (USA)  Ralph Rose (USA)  Nikolaos Georgantas (GRE)
1908 London
 Martin Sheridan (USA)  Merritt Giffin (USA)  Bill Horr (USA)
1912 Stockholm
 Armas Taipale (FIN)  Richard Byrd (USA)  James Duncan (USA)
1920 Antwerp
 Elmer Niklander (FIN)  Armas Taipale (FIN)  Gus Pope (USA)
1924 Paris
 Bud Houser (USA)  Vilho Niittymaa (FIN)  Thomas Lieb (USA)
1928 Amsterdam
 Bud Houser (USA)  Antero Kivi (FIN)  James Corson (USA)
1932 Los Angeles
 John Anderson (USA)  Henri LaBorde (USA)  Paul Winter (FRA)
1936 Berlin
 Ken Carpenter (USA)  Gordon Dunn (USA)  Giorgio Oberweger (ITA)
1948 London
 Adolfo Consolini (ITA)  Giuseppe Tosi (ITA)  Fortune Gordien (USA)
1952 Helsinki
 Sim Iness (USA)  Adolfo Consolini (ITA)  James Dillion (USA)
1956 Melbourne
 Al Oerter (USA)  Fortune Gordien (USA)  Des Koch (USA)
1960 Rome
 Al Oerter (USA)  Rink Babka (USA)  Dick Cochran (USA)
1964 Tokyo
 Al Oerter (USA)  Ludvík Daněk (TCH)  Dave Weill (USA)
1968 Mexico City
 Al Oerter (USA)  Lothar Milde (GDR)  Ludvík Daněk (TCH)
1972 Munich
 Ludvík Daněk (TCH)  Jay Silvester (USA)  Ricky Bruch (SWE)
1976 Montreal
 Mac Wilkins (USA)  Wolfgang Schmidt (GDR)  John Powell (USA)
1980 Moscow
 Viktor Rashchupkin (URS)  Imrich Bugár (TCH)  Luis Delís (CUB)
1984 Los Angeles
 Rolf Danneberg (FRG)  Mac Wilkins (USA)  John Powell (USA)
1988 Seoul
 Jürgen Schult (GDR)  Romas Ubartas (URS)  Rolf Danneberg (FRG)
1992 Barcelona
 Romas Ubartas (LTU)  Jürgen Schult (GER)  Roberto Moya (CUB)
1996 Atlanta
 Lars Riedel (GER)  Vladimir Dubrovshchik (BLR)  Vasiliy Kaptyukh (BLR)
2000 Sydney
 Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)  Lars Riedel (GER)  Frantz Kruger (RSA)
2004 Athens
 Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)  Zoltán Kővágó (HUN)  Aleksander Tammert (EST)
2008 Beijing
 Gerd Kanter (EST)  Piotr Małachowski (POL)  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU)
2012 London
 Robert Harting (GER)  Ehsan Haddadi (IRI)  Gerd Kanter (EST)
2016 Rio de Janeiro
 Christoph Harting (GER)  Piotr Małachowski (POL)  Daniel Jasinski (GER)


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1928 Amsterdam
 Halina Konopacka (POL)  Lillian Copeland (USA)  Ruth Svedberg (SWE)
1932 Los Angeles
 Lillian Copeland (USA)  Ruth Osburn (USA)  Jadwiga Wajs (POL)
1936 Berlin
 Gisela Mauermayer (GER)  Jadwiga Wajs (POL)  Paula Mollenhauer (GER)
1948 London
 Micheline Ostermeyer (FRA)  Edera Gentile (ITA)  Jacqueline Mazéas (FRA)
1952 Helsinki
 Nina Romashkova (URS)  Yelisaveta Bagriantseva (URS)  Nina Dumbadze (URS)
1956 Melbourne
 Olga Fikotová (TCH)  Irina Beglyakova (URS)  Nina Romashkova (URS)
1960 Rome
 Nina Romashkova (URS)  Tamara Press (URS)  Lia Manoliu (ROU)
1964 Tokyo
 Tamara Press (URS)  Ingrid Lotz (EUA)  Lia Manoliu (ROU)
1968 Mexico City
 Lia Manoliu (ROU)  Liesel Westermann (FRG)  Jolán Kleiber-Kontsek (HUN)
1972 Munich
 Faina Melnyk (URS)  Argentina Menis (ROU)  Vasilka Stoeva (BUL)
1976 Montreal
 Evelin Schlaak (GDR)  Mariya Vergova (BUL)  Gabriele Hinzmann (GDR)
1980 Moscow
 Evelin Jahl (GDR)  Mariya Petkova (BUL)  Tatyana Lesovaya (URS)
1984 Los Angeles
 Ria Stalman (NED)  Leslie Deniz (USA)  Florența Crăciunescu (ROU)
1988 Seoul
 Martina Hellmann (GDR)  Diana Gansky (GDR)  Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL)
1992 Barcelona
 Maritza Martén (CUB)  Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL)  Daniela Costian (AUS)
1996 Atlanta
 Ilke Wyludda (GER)  Natalya Sadova (RUS)  Ellina Zvereva (BLR)
2000 Sydney
 Ellina Zvereva (BLR)  Anastasia Kelesidou (GRE)  Iryna Yatchenko (BLR)
2004 Athens
 Natalya Sadova (RUS)  Anastasia Kelesidou (GRE)  Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová (CZE)[10]
2008 Beijing
 Stephanie Brown Trafton (USA)  Yarelys Barrios (CUB)  Olena Antonova (UKR)
2012 London
 Sandra Perković (CRO)  Li Yanfeng (CHN)  Yarelys Barrios (CUB)
2016 Rio de Janeiro
 Sandra Perković (CRO)  Mélina Robert-Michon (FRA)  Denia Caballero (CUB)

World Championships medalists


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki  Imrich Bugár (TCH)  Luis Delís (CUB)  Gejza 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)  Dmitriy 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)


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki  Martina Opitz (GDR)  Galina Murasova (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  Irina 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)  Yarelys Barrios (CUB)  Nicoleta Grasu (ROU)
2009 Berlin  Dani Samuels (AUS)  Yarelys 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)  Yarelys Barrios (CUB)
2015 Beijing  Denia Caballero (CUB)  Sandra Perković (CRO)  Nadine Müller (GER)

Season's bests

As of June 21, 2015


Year Distance Athlete Location
1968 68.40 m (224 ft 434 in)  Jay Silvester (USA) Reno
1969 68.06 m (223 ft 312 in)  Rickard Bruch (SWE) Malmo
1970 67.14 m (220 ft 314 in)  Rickard Bruch (SWE) Malmo
1971 70.38 m (230 ft 1034 in)  Jay Silvester (USA) Lancaster
1972 68.40 m (224 ft 434 in)  Rickard Bruch (SWE) Stockholm
1973 67.58 m (221 ft 812 in)  Rickard Bruch (SWE) Skellefteå
1974 68.16 m (223 ft 714 in)  Rickard Bruch (SWE) Helsingborg
1975 69.08 m (226 ft 712 in)  John Powell (USA) Long Beach
1976 70.86 m (232 ft 534 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) San Jose
1977 69.20 m (227 ft 014 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) Westwood
1978 71.16 m (233 ft 512 in)  Wolfgang Schmidt (GER) Berlin
1979 70.66 m (231 ft 934 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) Walnut
1980 70.98 m (232 ft 1014 in)  Mac Wilkins (USA) Erfurt
1981 69.98 m (229 ft 7 in)  John Powell (USA) Modesto
1982 70.58 m (231 ft 612 in)  Luis Delís (CUB) Salinas
1983 71.86 m (235 ft 9 in)  Yuriy Dumchev (RUS) Moskva
1984 71.26 m (233 ft 912 in)  John Powell (USA) San Jose
1985 71.26 m (233 ft 912 in)  Imrich Bugár (TCH) San Jose
1986 74.08 m (243 ft 012 in)  Jürgen Schult (GER) Neubrandenburg
1987 69.52 m (228 ft 1 in)  Jürgen Schult (GER) Neubrandenburg
1988 70.46 m (231 ft 2 in)  Jürgen Schult (GDR) Berlin
1989 70.92 m (232 ft 8 in)  Wolfgang Schmidt (GER) Norden
1990 68.94 m (226 ft 2 in)  Romas Ubartas (LTU) Smalininkai
1991 69.36 m (227 ft 612 in)  Mike Buncic (USA) Fresno
1992 69.04 m (226 ft 6 in)  Jürgen Schult (GER) Halle
1993 68.42 m (224 ft 512 in)  Lars Riedel (GER) Jena
1994 68.58 m (225 ft 0 in)  Attila Horváth (HUN) Budapest
1995 69.08 m (226 ft 712 in)  Lars Riedel (GER) Bellinzona; Monaco
1996 71.14 m (233 ft 434 in)  Anthony Washington (USA) Salinas
1997 71.50 m (234 ft 634 in)  Lars Riedel (GER) Wiesbaden
1998 69.91 m (229 ft 414 in)  John Godina (USA) Salinas
1999 69.18 m (226 ft 1112 in)  Lars Riedel (GER) Jena
2000 73.88 m (242 ft 412 in)  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) Kaunas
2001 70.99 m (232 ft 1034 in)  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) Stellenbosch
2002 71.70 m (235 ft 234 in)  Róbert Fazekas (HUN) Szombathely
2003 70.78 m (232 ft 212 in)  Róbert Fazekas (HUN) Budapest
2004 70.97 m (232 ft 10 in)  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) Rethimno
2005 70.67 m (231 ft 1014 in)  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) Madrid
2006 73.38 m (240 ft 834 in)  Gerd Kanter (EST) Helsingborg
2007 72.02 m (236 ft 314 in)  Gerd Kanter (EST) Salinas
2008 71.88 m (235 ft 934 in)  Gerd Kanter (EST) Salinas
2009 71.64 m (235 ft 014 in)  Gerd Kanter (EST) Kohila
2010 71.45 m (234 ft 434 in)  Gerd Kanter (EST) Chula Vista
2011 69.50 m (228 ft 0 in)  Zoltán Kővágó (HUN) Budapest
2012 70.66 m (231 ft 934 in)  Robert Harting (GER) Turnov
2013 71.84 m (235 ft 814 in)  Piotr Malachowski (POL) Hengelo
2014 69.28 m (227 ft 312 in)  Piotr Malachowski (POL) Halle
2015 68.29 m (224 ft 012 in)  Piotr Malachowski (POL) Cetniewo


Year Distance Athlete Location
1968 62.54 m (205 ft 2 in)  Liesel Westermann (FRG) Werdohl
1969 63.96 m (209 ft 10 in)  Liesel Westermann (FRG) Hamburg
1970 63.66 m (208 ft 1014 in)  Karin Illgen (GDR) Leipzig
1971 64.88 m (212 ft 1014 in)  Faina Melnik (URS) Munich
1972 67.32 m (220 ft 1014 in)  Argentina Menis (ROM) Constanta
1973 69.48 m (227 ft 1114 in)  Faina Melnik (URS) Edinburgh
1974 69.90 m (229 ft 334 in)  Faina Melnik (URS) Praha
1975 70.20 m (230 ft 334 in)  Faina Melnik (URS) Zürich
1976 70.50 m (231 ft 312 in)  Faina Melnik (URS) Sochi
1977 68.92 m (226 ft 114 in)  Sabine Engel (GDR) Karl-Marx-Stadt
1978 70.72 m (232 ft 014 in)  Evelin Jahl (GDR) Dresden
1979 69.82 m (229 ft 034 in)  Evelin Jahl (GDR) Leipzig
1980 71.80 m (235 ft 634 in)  Maria Petkova (BUL) Sofia
1981 71.46 m (234 ft 514 in)  Evelin Jahl (GDR) Berlin
1982 71.40 m (234 ft 3 in)  Irina Meszynski (GDR) Karl-Marx-Stadt
1983 73.26 m (240 ft 414 in)  Galina Savinkova (URS) Leselidze
1984 74.56 m (244 ft 714 in)  Zdeňka Šilhavá (TCH) Nitra
1985 72.96 m (239 ft 414 in)  Galina Savinkova (URS) Erfurt
1986 73.26 m (240 ft 414 in)  Diana Gansky (GDR) Neubrandenburg
1987 74.08 m (243 ft 012 in)  Diana Gansky (GDR) Karl-Marx-Stadt
1988 76.80 m (251 ft 1112 in)  Gabriele Reinsch (GER) Neubrandenburg
1989 74.56 m (244 ft 714 in)  Ilke Wyludda (GER) Neubrandenburg
1990 71.10 m (233 ft 3 in)  Ilke Wyludda (GER) Tel Aviv
1991 71.02 m (233 ft 0 in)  Tsvetanka Khristova (BUL) Tokyo
1992 71.68 m (235 ft 2 in)  Xiao Yanling (CHN) Beijing
1993 68.14 m (223 ft 612 in)  Larisa Korotkevich (RUS) Venissieux
1994 68.58 m (225 ft 0 in)  Daniela Costian (AUS) Auckland
1995 69.68 m (228 ft 714 in)  Mette Bergmann (NOR) Florø
1996 69.66 m (228 ft 612 in)  Ilke Wyludda (GER) Atlanta
1997 70.00 m (229 ft 734 in)  Xiao Yanling (CHN) Shanghai
1998 68.91 m (226 ft 034 in)  Franka Dietzsch (GER) Stendal
1999 70.02 m (229 ft 812 in)  Natalya Sadova (RUS) Thessaloníki
2000 68.70 m (225 ft 412 in)  Nicoleta Grasu (ROU) Bucharest
2001 68.57 m (224 ft 1112 in)  Natalya Sadova (RUS) Edmonton
2002 67.73 m (222 ft 212 in)  Natalya Sadova (RUS) Tula
2003 69.38 m (227 ft 714 in)  Natalya Sadova (RUS) Halle
2004 69.14 m (226 ft 10 in)  Irina Yatchenko (BLR) Minsk
2005 66.81 m (219 ft 214 in)  Vera Cechlová (CZE) Madrid
2006 68.51 m (224 ft 9 in)  Franka Dietzsch (GER) Schönebeck
2007 68.06 m (223 ft 312 in)  Franka Dietzsch (GER) Halle
2008 66.51 m (218 ft 212 in)  Nicoleta Grasu (ROU) Istanbul
2009 66.40 m (217 ft 10 in)  Li Yanfeng (CHN) Jinan
2010 67.78 m (222 ft 412 in)  Nadine Müller (GER) Wiesbaden
2011 67.98 m (223 ft 014 in)  Li Yanfeng (CHN) Schönebeck
2012 69.11 m (226 ft 834 in)  Sandra Perkovic (CRO) London
2013 68.96 m (226 ft 234 in)  Sandra Perkovic (CRO) Lausanne
2014 71.08 m (233 ft 214 in)  Sandra Perkovic (CRO) Zürich
2015 70.65 m (231 ft 914 in)  Denia Caballero (CUB) Bilbao

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