Tokyo previews – Men’s Discus

Sweden have high hopes for the men’s discus and with good reason. World Champ Daniel Ståhl is throwing as well as ever and has lost just once in twelve outings. The rest will hope to had him the second at the most inopportune of times. Here’s our Men’s discus preview for the Tokyo Olympics.

Schedule

Friday 30 July 01:45pm UK Time (Heats) Saturday 31 July 12:15pm (Final)

2021 Top Throws

2021 RankingsDistance (Metres)AthleteCountry
171.4Daniel Ståhl Sweden
270.35Kristjan ČehSlovenia
369.48Simon PetterssonSweden
469.04Lukas WeißhaidingerAustria
568.62Andrius GudziusLithuania
667.82Reggie Jagers IIIUSA
767.48Alex RoseSamoa
867.47Daniel JasinskiGermany
967.41Clemens PruferGermany
1067.36Giovanni FalociItaly 

British interest

Lawrence Okoye is back at the Olympic Games nine years after his London 2012 12th place. That is his ranking in 2021 too but if he can throw somewhere past 68 metres as he did in breaking the British record in Halle in 2012 he might just have an outside shot at a medal. That would be some comeback from the former NFL defensive tackle. (he didn’t qualify for the final)

The favourites

As we’ve said it’s hard to look past Daniel Ståhl who has thrown over a metre further than anyone else in the world this year. In the Slovenian Kristjan Čeh he will have a rising prospect hoping to win his countries first ever athletics Olympic gold. Ståhl’s compatriot Simon Pettersson has thrown an almost 2 metre personal best this year and has catapulted himself into medal contention.

Lukas Weißhaidinger is the Doha bronze medallist and will have every chance of repeating the feat for Austria. Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania was third in the Stockholm diamond league and has thrown towards 70 metres in the past (69.59 pb from 2018). If any fall short it could open the door to Alex Rose of Samoa (hasn’t made the final), Daniel Jasinski and Clemens Prufer of Germany and Giovanni Faloci of Italy (hasn’t made the final).

Our medal predictions

  1. Daniel Ståhl
  2. Kristjan Čeh
  3. Lukas Weißhaidinger

Records

WR: 74.08m Jürgen Schult (1986)

OR: 69.89m Virgilijus Alekna (2004 Athens)

Featured image “Diskuswerfer Andrius Gudzius, Daniel Stahl und Mason Finley bei den IAAF Leichtathletik-Weltmeisterschaften 2017 in London” by marcoverch is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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