Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's javelin throw

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Men's javelin throw
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
Dates August 4 (qualifying and final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tapio Rautavaara
 Finland
2nd, silver medalist(s) Steve Seymour
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) József Várszegi
 Hungary
← 1936
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Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
steeplechase
men
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
10 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

The men's javelin throw event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1948 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on August 4. The final was won by Finn Tapio Rautavaara.

Records[edit]

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

World record  Yrjö Nikkanen (FIN) 78.70 m Kotka, Finland 16 October 1938
Olympic record  Matti Järvinen (FIN) 72.71 m Los Angeles, United States 4 August 1932

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 4 August 1948 11:00 Qualifications
Wednesday, 4 August 1948 14:30 Finals

Results[edit]

Qualifying Round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 64.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Martin Biles  United States 67.68 Q
2 Per-Arne Berglund  Sweden 67.02 Q
3 Tapio Rautavaara  Finland 64.68 Q
4 Gunnar Petersson  Sweden 64.04 Q
5 Steve Seymour  United States 63.83 q
6 Lumír Kiesewetter  Czechoslovakia 63.25 q
7 Odd Mæhlum  Norway 63.00 q
8 Mirko Vujačić  Yugoslavia 62.53 q
9 Pauli Vesterinen  Finland 61.67 q
10 József Várszegi  Hungary 61.63 q
11 Soini Nikkinen  Finland 61.21 q
12 Bob Likins  United States 61.00 q
13 Ricardo Héber  Argentina 60.82
14 Raymond Tissot  France 58.19
15 Dušan Vujačić  Yugoslavia 57.62
16 Nico Lutkeveld  Netherlands 56.25
17 Jóel Sigurðsson  Iceland 55.69
18 Pedro Apellániz  Spain 54.93
19 Morville Chote  Great Britain 54.84
20 Leo Roininen  Canada 53.92
21 Malcolm Dalrymple  Great Britain 53.17
22 Halil Zıraman  Turkey 53.30
23 Pierre Sprécher  France 52.30


Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Tapio Rautavaara  Finland 69.77 x 57.59 59.43 61.86 58.95 69.77
2nd, silver medalist(s) Steve Seymour  United States x 62.37 67.56 61.72 63.58 61.00 67.56
3rd, bronze medalist(s) József Várszegi  Hungary 67.03 58.14 60.29 57.53 59.71 58.35 67.03
4 Pauli Vesterinen  Finland 65.44 60.96 63.01 61.76 65.89 65.79 65.89
5 Odd Mæhlum  Norway 65.32 62.00 61.67 59.23 60.59 59.33 65.32
6 Martin Biles  United States 58.70 65.09 65.17 59.09 64.10 65.17 65.17
7 Mirko Vujačić  Yugoslavia 64.89
8 Bob Likins  United States 64.51
9 Gunnar Petersson  Sweden 62.80
10 Per-Arne Berglund  Sweden 62.62
11 Lumír Kiesewetter  Czechoslovakia 60.25
12 Soini Nikkinen  Finland 58.05

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