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

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Men's javelin throw
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
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The winner Eric Lemming
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 17
Competitors 16 from 6 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Eric Lemming  Sweden
2nd, silver medalist(s) Arne Halse  Norway
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Otto Nilsson  Sweden
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The men's javelin throw was one of six throwing events on the Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The javelin was required to be held in the middle. The competition was held on July 17, 1908.

16 throwers from six nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to this competition. Two days earlier in the freestyle javelin throw event Eric Lemming improved his own world and Olympic record set at the 1906 Summer Olympics with 53.90 m (he threw the javelin in a conventional manner).

World Record 54.44(*) Sweden Eric Lemming London (GBR) July 15, 1908
Olympic Record 54.44 Sweden Eric Lemming London (GBR) July 15, 1908

(*) unofficial

Eric Lemming set a new world and Olympic record with 54.83 m.


Place Name Nation Distance
1 Eric Lemming  Sweden 54.83 metres WR
2 Arne Halse  Norway 50.57 metres
3 Otto Nilsson  Sweden 47.11 metres
4 Aarne Salovaara  Finland 45.89 metres
5 Armas Pesonen  Finland 45.18 metres
6 Juho Halme  Finland 44.96 metres
7 Jalmari Sauli  Finland Unknown
8-16 Carl Bechler  Germany Unknown
Evert Jakobsson  Finland Unknown
Jarl Jakobsson  Finland Unknown
John Johansen  Norway Unknown
Henry Leeke  Great Britain Unknown
Ernest May  Great Britain Unknown
Jimmy Tremeer  Great Britain Unknown
Hugo Wieslander  Sweden Unknown
Charalambos Zouras  Greece 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].