Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's freestyle javelin throw

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Men's freestyle javelin throw
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 15
Competitors 33 from 9 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Eric Lemming  Sweden
2nd, silver medalist(s) Michalis Dorizas  Greece
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Arne Halse  Norway
Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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Freestyle javelin men

The men's freestyle javelin throw was one of six throwing events on the Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The javelin could be held anywhere. The competition was held on July 15, 1908.

33 throwers from nine nations competed.


Eric Lemming set a new world and Olympic record with 54.44 metres. He threw the javelin in a conventional manner.

Place Name Nation Distance
1 Eric Lemming  Sweden 54.44 metres WR
2 Michalis Dorizas  Greece 51.36 metres
3 Arne Halse  Norway 49.73 metres
4 Charalambos Zouras  Greece 48.61 metres
5 Hugo Wieslander  Sweden 47.56 metres
6 Armas Pesonen  Finland 46.04 metres
7 Imre Mudin  Hungary 45.96 metres
8 Jalmari Sauli  Finland 43.30 metres
9 Juho Halme  Finland 39.88 metres
10-33 Ferenc Jesina  Hungary 36.82 metres
Edward Barrett  Great Britain Unknown
Emilio Brambilla  Italy Unknown
Conrad Carlsrud  Norway Unknown
Alfred Flaxman  Great Britain Unknown
Nikolaos Georgantas  Greece Unknown
György Luntzer  Hungary Unknown
Walter Henderson  Great Britain Unknown
István Mudin  Hungary Unknown
Evert Jakobsson  Finland Unknown
Jarl Jakobsson  Finland Unknown
Verner Järvinen  Finland Unknown
John Johansen  Norway Unknown
Johan Kemp  Finland Unknown
Henry Leeke  Great Britain Unknown
Knut Lindberg  Sweden Unknown
Ernest May  Great Britain Unknown
Mór Kóczán  Hungary Unknown
Otto Nilsson  Sweden Unknown
Aarne Salovaara  Finland Unknown
Bruno Söderström  Sweden Unknown
František Souček  Bohemia Unknown
Ludwig Uettwiller  Germany Unknown
Emil Welz  Germany Unknown


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1908". Accessed 7 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].