"NO!" is the answer. Many accomplished women on the international stage serve as role models for coaches. Many coaches, I believe, lose track of the reality that these athletes are throwing a 4 kg tool at their heaviest (in the case of shot and hammer). The women's discus weights only 2.2 pounds!
In fact, there are many ways in which men are physically disadvantaged when it comes to discus. The reach is shorter for men, so they need to put more distance between them and the target to get the same result. And since weight is generally held closer to the body for men's events, they are usually thrown from a crouch, which can be tiring over the course of an event.
The best way for men to compete with discus is definitely not to try and match the size of the female competitors but instead use their expertise and throw carefully planned discs. Men have won gold medals at the Olympics using this strategy.
The answer to your question is yes, you do need to be fairly large to successfully throw a discus. However, this shouldn't be a problem as most men are already quite large. There are also successful women who play a different type of discus - they are called "thumb" throwers and they don't rely as much on mass as regular discus throwers do.
Its weight must be at least 2 kg (4.4 pounds). When women's track and field was added to the Olympic program in 1928, a discus event was added. In women's competitions, a somewhat smaller discus weighing 1 kg (2 pounds, 3.2 ounces) and 180 mm (7.1 inches) is used.
The world record for the women's discus is 90.06 meters (295.6 feet), set by Romania's Mirela Ene at a meeting in Paris on July 23, 2015. The men's discus world record is 95.45 meters (309.6 feet), also set by Romania's Mirela Ene at a meeting in Paris on July 23, 2015. Women have two attempts per round and can only score points from their first attempt. If they fail to clear the ring on their second try, the score stands as no point scored/two points lost.
In addition to winning gold medals at the Olympics, Romanian women have nine world championship titles to their name. They are the most successful nation in the history of the sport.
As well as being a powerful thrower, Mirela Ene is known for her attention to detail. She wears glasses during competitions so she can see the lines on the floor of the ring. This helps her judge how far she has thrown the discus and gives her an idea of where it might land after its second life.
Weights for Discus Throw The discus weights 1 kilogram, or little more than 2.2 pounds, for both high school girls and college women. In the United States, high school males throw the 1.6 kilogram discus, which weighs little more than 3.5 pounds. The collegiate men's weights 2 kilos (4.4 pounds). High school females throw a 0.8 kilo discus, which weighs about 1.9 pounds.
The international weight for the discus is 1.6 kilograms (3.3 pounds), but this is rarely used in North America. The American Youth Congress now recommends that young people learn to throw the 1.6-kilogramme (3.5-pound) diskus.
The heaviest discus thrown by any female has been weighed at 152 kilograms (328 pounds). The heaviest discus thrown by any male is 175 kilograms (385 pounds). These world records were both set in Japan in 2004. The largest throwing distance with a discus is 130 metres (430 feet). This was achieved by a Japanese woman in 2007.
The smallest discus registered with the International Gymnastics Federation is the 10-kilogramme class, which can be thrown up to 50 meters. There is no requirement for girls to register for or compete in this class, but some do so as a challenge. Others may just want to have fun with their friends by throwing discs.