Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's javelin throw

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Men's javelin throw
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Eric Lemming2.JPG
Lemming on the way to win the gold medal.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Date July 14
Competitors 25 from 7 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    Sweden
Silver medal    Finland
Bronze medal    Hungary
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Silver medalist Julius Saaristo.

The men's javelin throw was a track and field athletics event held as part of the athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the second appearance of the event. The competition was held on Saturday, July 6, 1912.

Twenty-five javelin throwers from seven nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 61.45(*) Finland Julius Saaristo Helsinki (FIN) May 25, 1912
Olympic Record 54.83 Sweden Eric Lemming London (GBR) July 17, 1908

(*) unofficial

Julius Saaristo set at first a new Olympic record with 55.37 m. Eric Lemming improved the record to 57.42 m and finally to 60.64 m. Three days later on July 9, 1912 Julius Saaristo set a new Olympic record in the two handed javelin throw competition with 61.00 m.

Results[edit]

Saaristo took the lead after the first throw, and made an even better second throw to stay ahead of Lemming. On the third throw, however, Saaristo scratched and Lemming threw his javelin well over 57 metres to take the lead going into the finals, with Kóczán wresting third place from Halme on the final throw to advance as well. While each of the three finalists made improvements in their marks in the final round, no changes in order were made and Lemming's 60.64 metres stood as the new record.

Place Athlete Preliminary Final Best mark
1 2 3 Rank 4 5 6
1  Eric Lemming (SWE) 53.02 54.78 57.42 OR 1st 60.64 OR 59.00[1] 60.64
2  Julius Saaristo (FIN) 54.75 55.37 OR 2nd 56.21 58.66 58.66
3  Mór Kóczán (HUN) 54.06 54.99 3rd 55.50 55.50
4  Johan Halme (FIN) 53.81 54.65 4th 54.65
5  Väinö Siikaniemi (FIN) 52.19 52.43 5th 52.43
6  Richard Åbrink (SWE) 46.56 48.25 52.20 6th 52.20
7  Arne Halse (NOR) 51.98 7th 51.98
8  Jonni Myyrä (FIN) 48.77 51.33 8th 51.33
9  Urho Peltonen (FIN) 49.20 9th 49.20
10  Otto Nilsson (SWE) 47.59 48.01 49.18 10th 49.18
11  Karl Sonne (SWE) 47.85 11th 47.85
12  Daniel Johansen (NOR) 46.18 46.87 47.61 12th 47.61
13  Svante Olsson (SWE) 46.94 13th 46.94
14  Anders Krigsman (SWE) 45.14 45.48 46.71 14th 46.71
15  Janne Dahl (SWE) 44.09 45.67 15th 45.67
16  Arvid Ohrling (SWE) 45.00 45.32 16th 45.32
17  Nikolay Neklapaev (RUS) 44.78 44.98 17th 44.98
18  Emil Kukko (FIN) 44.50 44.66 18th 44.66
19  Josef Waitzer (GER) 41.99 43.20 43.71 19th 43.71
20  Nikolajs Švedrēvics (RUS) 43.21 20th 43.21
21  Algot Larsson (SWE) 43.18 21st 43.18
22  Karl Halt (GER) 41.99 22nd 41.99
23  Paul Willführ (GER) 41.05 23rd 41.05
24  Eskil Falk (SWE) 24th None
 Gustav Kröjer (AUT) 24th None

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bergvall, p. 403. The throw is described as "about 59 metres" in a departure from standard precision.

References[edit]

  • sports-reference.com
  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 6 January 2007.