Swedes Stahl and Pettersson take one and two in men's discus final; Austria's Weisshaidinger earns bronze

Daniel Stahl won gold and compatriot Simon Pettersson took the silver in the Men's Discus Final while Lukas Weisshaidinger of Austria threw far enough for bronze.

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The Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) Men’s Discus Final wrapped early on in the Athletics competition here at Tokyo 2020, with 2019 world champion Daniel Stahl taking the gold to become the first winner of the event in history from his native Sweden.

He was followed onto the podium by his Swedish countryman Simon Pettersson (with silver) and Lukas Weisshaidinger of Austria, who scooped the bronze medal.

The Swedish silver and gold-combo were the first medals the Scandinavian country has won in the men’s Olympic discus event since Ricky Bruch won bronze way back at the 1972 Munich Games.

"Amazing. I am so very happy," said Stah after the podium ceremony. "There was a lot of hard work and fun on the way. I am extremely proud."My training partner [sliver-winner Pettersson] has been working hard. We have had a lot of fun together for many years.

"I am very proud of my coach too for believing in us and having faith," Stahl added.

Stahl’s best throw – of his allowed six – was a distance of 68.90 and it was enough to see him lead the 12-thrower field for most of the finals competition. Pettersson’s silver-medal winning throw taped in at 67.39 while the bronze-winning toss of the night at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium was Lukas Weisshaidinger's of Austria (at 67.07).

"It is an amazing feeling. My emotions are everywhere, and I am going to have to sleep two or three times before I realise I have an Olympic medal," said Weisshaidinger of his bronze. "I will be happy to go home on Monday and hug my family."

Australian Mathew Denny, who finished just off the podium in fourth, threw a personal best distance on 67.02.

The next throwing events take place in the morning (Japan time) of 1 August with the preliminary rounds of the women’s hammer throw.


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