The German claimed the title with a massive throw of 68.27m with his penultimate effort, edging Iran's Ehsan Hadadi by a mere nine centimetres - that's roughly the length of an average mobile phone.
The piece-de-resistance was still to come, however: Harting was coming towards the end of his victory lap when he came across stadium staff laying out the hurdles for the women's 110m hurdles final.
And, clearly feeling invincible after becoming an Olympic champion, he decided to take them on, clearing several hurdles with surprisingly decent technique before once more turning to the crowd - who by now were on their feet cheering his name - and roaring once more.
Who knew discus could be this much fun?
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