Miklós Németh (athlete)

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The native form of this personal name is Németh Miklós. This article uses the Western name order.
Miklós Németh
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Hungary
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1976 Montreal Javelin
Gold medal – first place 1970 Torino Javelin

Miklós Németh (born 23 October 1946) is a Hungarian Olympic champion and former World Record holder in the javelin throw. Born in Budapest, he is the son of Imre Németh who won the Olympic gold in the hammer throw at the 1948 Summer Olympics.

Nemeth's winning effort at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal was also a world record for the event. His mark of 94.58 meters came in the first round of throwing; completely demoralizing Nemeth's dazed competitors. Silver medalist Hannu Siitonen of Finland, whose record, thrown in June 1973, was 93.90 metres,[1] could do no better than 87.92 — more than 6.5 meters (nearly 22 feet) behind Miklos Németh. He was elected Hungarian Sportsman of the year for his achievement.

Nemeth's gold medal performance stood as the global standard in the javelin until 23 April 1980, when fellow Hungarian Ferenc Paragi launched the spear 96.72 meters.


  1. ^ "Urheilumuseon keihäät" [‘The javelins of the Finnish Sports Museum’] (in Finnish). Finnish Sports Museum. 2013-10-31. Retrieved 2014-11-10. 
Preceded by
Hungary András Hargitay
Hungarian Sportsman of The Year
Succeeded by
Hungary Pál Gerevich