Quiz about Ditch The Discus
Quiz about Ditch The Discus

Ditch The Discus Trivia Quiz


The discus throw is a track and field event with a history dating back to the fifth century BC. In this quiz ten more recent male discus throwers who have achieved success in the sport will introduce themselves. See if you can identify them.

A multiple-choice quiz by James25. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
James25
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
369,539
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
158
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1. "I am an American discus thrower born in 1936. At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne I won the gold medal. I would go on to win the gold medal in the next three Summer Olympics as well. What is my name?" Hint

Rink Babka
Fortune Gordien
Al Oerter
Desmond Koch

2. "I am a discus thrower who represents Estonia. I won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and was World Champion in 2007 in Osaka. What is my name?" Hint

Gerd Kanter
Aleksander Tammert
Rutger Smith
Frantz Kruger

3. "I am a discus thrower from Germany. I won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. I won the World Championships five times. Who am I?" Hint

Lars Riedel
Michael Mollenbeck
Frantz Kruger
Hartmut Losch

4. "I am a discus thrower representing Lithuania. I won the gold medal at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. What is my name? " Hint

Vaclavas Kidykas
Romas Ubartas
Virgilijus Alekna
Aleksandr Borichevskiy

5. "I am a German discus thrower, born in 1984. I won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Who am I?" Hint

Martin Wierig
Lawrence Okoye
Markus Munch
Robert Harting

6. "I am an American discus thrower born in 1950. I won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. I would also win silver at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Who am I?" Hint

John Powell
Luis Delis
Rolf Danneberg
Mac Wilkins

7. "I am a discus thrower from Hungary. I had the best performance in the final of the 2004 Summer Olympics, but was disqualified for failing to provide a urine sample. I was suspended just before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for testing positive in a drugs test. Who am I? Hint

Gabor Mate
Robert Fazekas
Zoltan Kovago
Frank Casanas

8. "I am a German discus thrower, who competed for East Germany first off. For that country I won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Four years later I won silver at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Who am I?" Hint

Erik de Bruin
Jürgen Schult
Rolf Danneberg
Roberto Moya

9. "I am a discus thrower from Poland. I won silver at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. At the 2012 Summer Olympics I came in fifth place. Who am I?" Hint

Bogdan Pishchalnikov
Piotr Malachowski
Robert Urbanek
Vikas Gowda

10. "I am a discus thrower representing Czechoslovakia. My family is of Hungarian ethnicity. I won gold at the World Championships in 1983 in Helsinki. I also won silver at the Summer Olympics in 1980 in Moscow. Who am I?" Hint

Luis Delis
Gejza Valent
Viktor Rashchupkin
Imrich Bugar


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. "I am an American discus thrower born in 1936. At the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne I won the gold medal. I would go on to win the gold medal in the next three Summer Olympics as well. What is my name?"

Answer: Al Oerter

Al Oerter was born on September 19th 1936 in New York, USA. He started throwing the discus at age 15 and achieved success very quickly. He won the gold medal at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, defeating fellow Americans Fortune Gordien (silver) and Desmond Koch (bronze). He would go on to win the gold medal at the next three Summer Olympics (1960 in Rome, 1964 in Tokyo and 1968 in Mexico City), setting a record for consecutive Olympic gold medals in the same event.

Oerter retired shortly after the 1968 Summer Olympics. He held the world record four times in his career. After some time of illness, he died in October 2007 as a result of a cardiovascular disease.
2. "I am a discus thrower who represents Estonia. I won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and was World Champion in 2007 in Osaka. What is my name?"

Answer: Gerd Kanter

Gerd Kanter was born on May 6th 1979 in Tallinn, Estonia. He was the 2007 World Champion in Osaka, defeating Robert Harting of Germany (silver) and Rutger Smith of the Netherlands (bronze). A year later Kanter won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the first Estonian athlete achieving this. His fellow Estonian Aleksander Tammert had previously won the bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Kanter also qualified for the 2012 London Summer Olympics. He won the bronze medal. In 2012 and 2013 he also won the Diamond League, a series of fourteen events in track and field.
3. "I am a discus thrower from Germany. I won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta and the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. I won the World Championships five times. Who am I?"

Answer: Lars Riedel

Lars Riedel was born on the 28th of June 1967 in Zwickau, Germany. At the start of his career he competed for East Germany, later for Germany (after the unification of East and West Germany). In 1991 he first won the World Championships in Tokyo. He would win four times more: 1993 in Stuttgart, 1995 in Gothenburg, 1997 in Athens and 2001 in Edmonton.

His biggest achievement was winning the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, defeating two discus throwers from Belarus: Vladimir Dubrovshchik (silver) and Vasily Kaptyukh (bronze). In 2012 he also competed in the fifth season of the German Let's Dance.
4. "I am a discus thrower representing Lithuania. I won the gold medal at both the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. What is my name? "

Answer: Virgilijus Alekna

Virgilijus Alekna was born on the 13th of February in Terpeikiai, Lithuania. In 2000 he won the gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. He was the second Lithuanian athlete to do so after Romas Ubartas at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Alekna would succesfully defend his Olympic title at the 2004 Olympics in Athens (only after the initial winner was disqualified).

Alekna twice won gold at the World Championships, in 2003 in Paris and in 2005 in Helsinki. He is married to a long jumper, Kristina Sablovskytë-Aleknienë.
5. "I am a German discus thrower, born in 1984. I won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Who am I?"

Answer: Robert Harting

Robert Harting was born on the 18th of October in Cottbus, Germany. One of his first bigger titles was winning the 2009 World Championship in Berlin. He also was world champion in 2011 in Daegu and in 2013 in Moscow.

In 2012 Harting won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in London. In the qualifications he achieved the second result behind Gerd Kanter from Estonia. In the final he defeated Ehsan Haddadi from Iran (silver) and Gerd Kanter from Estonia (bronze). Harting achieved his winning throw on the fifth attempt.
6. "I am an American discus thrower born in 1950. I won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. I would also win silver at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Who am I?"

Answer: Mac Wilkins

Maurice Wilkins (nicknamed Mac) was born on November 15th 1950 in Eugene, USA. He won the gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal defeating Wolfgang Schmidt of East Germany (silver) and his fellow American John Powell (bronze). At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles he won bronze losing to Rolf Danneberg of West Germany.

Wilkins also won the gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, defeating Bradley Cooper of the Bahamas (silver) and Luis Delis of Cuba (bronze). He is inducted to the Sports Hall of Fame of his home state of Oregon.
7. "I am a discus thrower from Hungary. I had the best performance in the final of the 2004 Summer Olympics, but was disqualified for failing to provide a urine sample. I was suspended just before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for testing positive in a drugs test. Who am I?

Answer: Robert Fazekas

Robert Fazekas was born on the 18th of August 1975 in Szombathely, Hungary. He won gold at the 2002 European Championships in Munich. At the 2003 World Championships in Paris he was second. His biggest victory seemed to come at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, when he had the best performance. He failed to provide a urine sample however and was disqualified. The gold went to Virgilijus Alekna from Lithuania. Fellow Hungarian Gabor Mate was fourth in the end.

Just before the 2012 Olympics Fazekas failed a drugs test and was suspended for 8 years. As a result he was barred from the Hungarian Olympic Team.
8. "I am a German discus thrower, who competed for East Germany first off. For that country I won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Four years later I won silver at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. Who am I?"

Answer: Jürgen Schult

Jürgen Schult was born on May 11th 1960 in Amt Neuhaus, Germany. He won the gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul for East Germany defeating Romas Ubartas of Lithuania (silver) and Rolf Danneberg of West Germany (bronze). Four years later he won silver now for Germany (after the unification of West and East Germany) at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, losing to Romas Ubartas this time.

Schult also won the World Championships in Rome in 1987, defeating John Powell of the USA (silver) and Luis Delis of Cuba (bronze). He was the 1990 European Champion in Split.
9. "I am a discus thrower from Poland. I won silver at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. At the 2012 Summer Olympics I came in fifth place. Who am I?"

Answer: Piotr Malachowski

Piotr Malachowski was born on June 7th 1983 in Zuromin, Poland. At the 2008 Summer Olympics he won silver, losing to Gerd Kanter of Estonia. Four years later he was fifth at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, while Robert Harting of Germany won the gold medal.

Malachowski won the gold medal at the European Championships in Barcelona in 2010, defeating Robert Harting of Germany (silver) and Robert Fazekas of Hungary (bronze). Malachowski had only qualified in seventh position for the final.
10. "I am a discus thrower representing Czechoslovakia. My family is of Hungarian ethnicity. I won gold at the World Championships in 1983 in Helsinki. I also won silver at the Summer Olympics in 1980 in Moscow. Who am I?"

Answer: Imrich Bugar

Imrich Bugar was born on the 14th of April 1955 in Ohrady, located at the time in Czechoslovakia (in Slovakia after the country was split in Czech Republic and Slovakia}. He won the silver medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow losing to Viktor Rashchupkin of the Soviet Union. Luis Delis of Cuba won bronze.

In 1983 Bugar won the gold medal at the World Championships in Helsinki. Luis Delis of Cuba won silver and Gejza Valent won bronze for Czechoslovakia.
Source: Author James25

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