First official world record: 47.58 James Duncan USA 1912
First over 50m: 51.03 Eric Wenz USA 1930
First over 55m: 55.33 Adolfo Consolini ITA 1948
First over 60m: 60.56 Jay Silvester USA 1961
First over 200ft: 61.10 Al Oerter USA 1962
First over 65m: 65.22 Ludvik Danek TCH 1965
First over 70m: 70.24 Mac Wilkins USA 1976
First over 72/73/74m: 74.08 Jürgen Schult GDR 1986
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Most durable world record: 74.08 Jürgen Schult 1986 (21 years)
Most competitions over 70m: Virgiljus Alekna LTU 17
Most Olympic titles: 4 Al Oerter 1956/1960/1964/1968
Most World titles: 5 Lars Riedel GER 1991/1993/1995/1997/2001
Youngest Olympic/World champion: Al Oerter 1956 (20) Oldest: Ludvik Danek 1972 (35)
Three all time greats
Al Oerter (USA): One of the greatest of all Olympic competitors with his four gold medals over a 12-year span. A former world record breaker, he produced his longest throw of 69.46m in 1980 when aged 43!
Jürgen Schult (GER): Winner of Olympic, world and European titles, he has been world record holder with 74.08m since 1986 - and at 40 remains a world class competitor.
Lars Riedel (GER): Olympic champion in 1996 (by a massive 2.80m margin), he also won four consecutive world titles in the 1990s. A hip muscle injury held him back to third place when bidding for a fifth in 1999, something which he finally achieved in 2001, when he won World gold again in Edmonton.