Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's javelin throw

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Men's javelin throw
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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Men's javelin throw victory ceremony
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 8–11 August
Competitors 44 from 31 nations
Winning distance 84.58
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The Men's javelin throw competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 8–11 August.[1] Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If fewer than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.[2]

Seven athletes hit the automatic qualifying mark, two on their first attempt. 80.39 was the last qualifier. Julius Yego set a new national record for Kenya. With his one throw, Vítězslav Veselý improved his 2012 world lead to 88.34.

In the first round of the final, 19 year old world junior champion Keshorn Walcott, only the 10th place qualifier, took the lead with an 83.51 national record for Trinidad and Tobago. Spiridon Lebesis was the only other competitor over 80 m in that round. In the second round Walcott improved his record out to 84.58m (277 feet 10 inches). 2007 World Champion Tero Pitkämäki moved into second place and two-time defending champion Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) moved into third, but that was to be his best throw. In the third round Oleksandr Pyatnytsya threw 84.51, just 7 cm out of Walcott's lead. Nobody made a move in the fourth round. In the fifth round Antti Ruuskanen threw 84.12 to move into third place. In the final round Vesely put out his best throw of the competition, but his 83.34 was only good enough for 4th place, exactly 5 meters behind his lone throw in the qualifying round the day before. Walcott's mark of 84.58 was the shortest winning throw since the 1988 Seoul Olympics - the first with the [then] new, re-balanced javelin - when Tapio Korjus (Finland) won with 84.28m. [3]

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 8 August 2012 19:05 Qualifications
Saturday, 11 August 2012 19:20 Finals

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Jan Železný (CZE) 98.48 m Jena, Germany 25 May 1996
Olympic record  Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) 90.57 m Beijing, China 23 August 2008
2012 World leading  Vítězslav Veselý (CZE) 88.11 m Oslo, Norway 7 June 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Vítězslav Veselý (CZE) 88.34 London, United Kingdom 8 August 2012

The Following new National records were set during this competition

Kenya National Record  Julius Yego (KEN) 81.81 m
Trinidad and Tobago National Record  Keshorn Walcott (TRI) 84.58 s

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 82.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Vitezslav Vesely Czech Republic 88.34 88.34 Q, WL, PB
2 A Andreas Thorkildsen Norway 76.20 84.47 84.47 Q
3 B Tero Pitkämäki Finland 76.53 x 83.01 83.01 Q
4 B Oleksandr Pyatnytsya Ukraine 77.07 82.72 82.72 Q
5 A Spiridon Lebesis Greece 81.80 82.40 82.40 Q
6 A Stuart Farquhar New Zealand 82.32 82.32 Q
7 B Roderick Genki Dean Japan 71.58 82.07 82.07 Q
8 A Ari Mannio Finland 81.99 x 76.25 81.99 q
9 B Julius Yego Kenya 79.10 79.33 81.81 81.81 q, NR
10 B Keshorn Walcott Trinidad and Tobago 78.91 76.44 81.75 81.75 q
11 B Antti Ruuskanen Finland 77.83 81.74 x 81.74 q
12 A Tino Häber Germany 78.19 69.54 80.39 80.39 q
13 A Leslie Copeland Fiji 77.00 80.19 72.52 80.19 SB
14 A Roman Avramenko Ukraine 79.15 77.03 80.06 80.06
15 A Uladzimir Kazlou Belarus x 79.10 80.06 80.06
16 A Guillermo Martinez Cuba 75.39 80.06 77.22 80.06
17 A Ainars Kovals Latvia 77.42 76.45 79.19 79.19
18 B Kim Amb Sweden x 71.85 78.94 78.94
19 A Igor Janik Poland 76.01 78.90 x 78.90
20 B Fatih Avan Turkey 78.74 78.20 78.87 78.87
21 A Risto Matas Estonia 70.34 78.56 76.30 78.56
22 A Curtis Moss Canada 74.21 78.13 78.22 78.22
23 B Craig Kinsley United States 72.80 71.47 78.18 78.18
24 A Yukifumi Murakami Japan 76.37 77.80 77.77 77.80
25 B Jakub Vadlejch Czech Republic x 77.61 x 77.61
26 B Dayron Marquez Colombia 75.15 77.59 76.50 77.59
27 B Jarrod Bannister Australia 77.38 76.23 x 77.38
28 A Paweł Rakoczy Poland 77.36 73.22 73.44 77.36
29 A Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed Egypt 72.93 77.35 75.19 77.35
30 B Braian Toledo Argentina 76.87 x 73.30 76.87
31 B Jung Sangjin South Korea 76.37 74.77 x 76.37
32 A Cyrus Hostetler United States 70.62 75.76 75.00 75.76
33 A Ilya Korotkov Russia 75.68 x x 75.68
34 A Petr Frydrych Czech Republic 69.54 70.44 75.46 75.46
35 B Mervyn Luckwell Great Britain 74.09 x x 74.09
36 A Ivan Zaytsev Uzbekistan 73.07 73.94 71.39 73.94
37 B Sean Furey United States x 72.81 71.86 72.81
38 A Vadims Vasilevskis Latvia x 72.81 x 72.81
39 B Melik Janoyan Armenia 72.64 70.81 68.72 72.64
40 B Matija Kranjc Slovenia 72.63 69.70 71.17 72.63
41 A Qin Qiang China 72.29 68.76 65.28 72.29
42 B Bartosz Osewski Poland x x 71.19 71.19
B Matthias De Zordo Germany x x x NM
B Zigismunds Sirmais Latvia x x x NM

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st Keshorn Walcott Trinidad and Tobago 83.51 84.58 x 80.64 x 84.58 NR
2nd Oleksandr Pyatnytsya Ukraine 77.47 81.61 84.51 81.53 81.01 83.53 84.51
3rd Antti Ruuskanen Finland 79.60 81.09 81.60 81.97 84.12 79.88 84.12
4 Vitezslav Vesely Czech Republic x 81.69 81.80 x 80.32 83.34 83.34
5 Tero Pitkämäki Finland 77.33 82.68 80.67 80.46 82.80 82.53 82.80
6 Andreas Thorkildsen Norway x 82.63 x 81.70 x x 82.63
7 Spiridon Lebesis Greece 81.21 81.91 81.27 80.36 x 79.45 81.91
8 Tino Haber Germany 76.99 74.33 81.21 79.95 76.36 75.85 81.21
9 Stuart Farquhar New Zealand 76.80 76.64 80.22 80.22
10 Roderick Genki Dean Japan x 79.95 x 79.95
11 Ari Mannio Finland 78.60 77.71 x 78.60
12 Julius Yego Kenya 72.59 77.15 74.08 77.15

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