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
Erik Lemming.jpg
The winner Eric Lemming
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 17
Competitors 16 from 6 nations
Gold medal    Sweden
Silver medal    Norway
Bronze medal    Sweden
Athletics at the
1908 Summer Olympics
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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].