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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 80.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 15, 1968  
Date Finished: October 16, 1968  
(Competitors: 27; Countries: 18; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Lūsis had 15 of the top 16 marks of 1968, unheard-of consistency in a traditionally erratic event. Among those less consistent were former and future Olympic champions Pauli Nevala, Klaus Wolfermann and Miklós Németh, who were all eliminated in the qualifying round. In the final, the dynamic and small (1.75/82Kg) Jorma Kinnunen led after round 1 with 86.30, with Nilsson (83.48) and Kulcsár (83.10) following. Lūsis opened round 2 with a leading 86.34, with Nikiciuk, ninth in Tokyo, producing the other quality throw of the round (85.70) to move third. Kulcsár then attained his lifetime best at the age of 34 to take the lead, leaving Lūsis with one remaining chance after a fifth round foul. A true champion, Lūsis launched the spear into the sky, and saw it fall at 90.10 for the gold medal. Kinnunen was not finished, and the thrower considered more than any other to possess the Finnish quality of “sisu” (a mixture of grit and pride) replied to the Latvian’s 90m throw with a then lifetime best of 88.58 for silver.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Jānis Lūsis was an overwhelming favorite in a usually difficult to predict event. He had won the 1962 and 1966 European Championships, was the world record holder, and had 15 of the best 16 marks in 1968. Finland’s Jorma Kinnunen led in round one with 86.30 (283-1¾), but Lūsis threw 86.34 (283-3¼) in round two to take over. In round four the 1964 silver medalist, Gergely Kulcsár (HUN) threw 87.06 (285-7¾) to take the lead. That held up until the final round. Lūsis opened that round with the gold medal winner, 90.10 (295-7¼), and Kinnunen also bettered Kulcsár with 88.58 (290-7½) to win the silver medal.
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:[2]

World record Soviet Union Jānis Lūsis 91.98 m Saarijarvi, Finland July 6, 1972
Olympic record  Egil Danielsen (NOR) 85.71 m Melbourne, Australia November 26, 1956
 
        Results          
   
Javelin Throw Men     Final 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 90.10     Jānis Lūsis Soviet Union URS 29 OR  
2 88.58     Jorma Kinnunen Finland FIN 26 OR  
3 87.06     Gergely Kulcsár Hungary HUN 34 OR  
4 85.70     Władysław Nikiciuk Poland POL 28    
5 84.42     Manfred Stolle East Germany GDR 31    
6 83.48     Åke Nilsson Sweden SWE 23    
7 80.58     Janusz Sidło Poland POL 35    
8 80.56     Urs von Wartburg Switzerland SUI 31    
9 80.08     Mark Murro United States USA 19    
10 77.40     Walter Pektor Austria AUT 23    
11 74.88     Aurelio Janet Cuba CUB 23    
12 73.50     Hermann Salomon West Germany FRG 30    
Javelin Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group A 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 84.74     Åke Nilsson Sweden SWE 23    
2 83.68     Jānis Lūsis Soviet Union URS 29    
3 83.16     Jorma Kinnunen Finland FIN 26    
4 81.88     Manfred Stolle East Germany GDR 31    
5 81.56     Gergely Kulcsár Hungary HUN 34    
6 81.14     Mark Murro United States USA 19    
7 81.00     Władysław Nikiciuk Poland POL 28    
8 80.66     Urs von Wartburg Switzerland SUI 31    
9 80.12     Janusz Sidło Poland POL 35    
10 79.48     Hermann Salomon West Germany FRG 30    
11 79.08     Rolf Herings West Germany FRG 28    
12 77.90     Pauli Nevala Finland FIN 27    
13 77.26     Mart Paama Soviet Union URS 30    
14 73.04     Frank Covelli United States USA 31    
Javelin Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group B 15 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 82.16     Walter Pektor Austria AUT 23    
2 80.10     Aurelio Janet Cuba CUB 23    
3 75.78     Klaus Wolfermann West Germany FRG 22    
4 75.50     Miklós Németh Hungary HUN 21    
5 74.36     Dave Travis Great Britain GBR 23    
6 73.68     Lode Wyns Belgium BEL 21    
7 73.52     Gary Stenlund United States USA 28    
8 71.20     Bill Heikkila Canada CAN 24    
9 70.70     Nashatar Singh Sidhu Malaysia MAS 29    
10 68.32     Rolf Hoppe Chile CHI 23    
11 62.32     Viliame Liga Fiji FIJ 36    
12 61.32     Don Vélez Nicaragua NCA 20    
13 61.06     Rolf Bühler Switzerland SUI 25    

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Results

Qualifying Round

Rank Series Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Karl-Åke Nilsson Sweden x x 84.74 84.74 Q
2 A Jānis Lūsis Soviet Union 83.68     83.68 Q
3 A Jorma Kinnunen Finland x 74.16 83.16 83.16 Q
4 B Walter Pektor Austria 82.16     82.16 Q
5 A Manfred Stolle East Germany 81.88     81.88 Q
6 A Gergely Kulcsàr Hungary 81.56     81.56 Q
7 A Mark Murro United States 74.14 81.14   81.14 Q
8 A Wladyslaw Nikiciuk Poland 74.16 78.22 81.00 81.00 Q
9 A Urs von Wartburg Switzerland 76.58 80.66   80.66 Q
10 A Janusz Sidlo Poland 74.90 80.12   80.12 Q
11 B Aurelio Janet Cuba 80.10     80.10 Q
12 A Hermann Salomon West Germany 79.48 x 76.50 79.48 q
13 A Rolf Herings West Germany 79.08 77.00 78.70 79.08  
14 A Pauli Nevala Finland x 77.90 x 77.90  
15 A Mart Paama Soviet Union 74.18 77.26 74.64 77.26  
16 B Klaus Wolfermann West Germany 75.78 71.40 75.02 75.78  
17 B Miklos Nemeth Hungary 74.56 74.82 75.50 75.50  
18 B David Travis Great Britain 74.24 74.36 70.84 74.36  
19 B Lode Wyns Belgium 73.68 x x 73.68  
20 B Gary Stenlund United States 73.52 68.88 71.44 73.52  
21 A Frank Covelli United States 70.30 x 73.04 73.04  
22 B William Heikila Canada 70.10 71.20 70.78 71.20  
23 B Nashatar Singh Sidhu Malaysia x 63.58 70.70 70.70  
24 B Rolf Hoppe Chile 68.32 65.82 65.86 68.32  
25 B William Liga Fiji x 61.62 62.32 62.32  
26 B Donald Velez Nicaragua 48.92 x 61.32 61.32  
27 B Rolf Bühler Switzerland 61.06 x x 61.06  
  B Samsam Akka Morocco       DNS  
  B Panagiotis Pierrakos Greece       DNS  

Finals

The eight highest-ranked competitors after three rounds qualified for the final three throws to decide the medals.

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result
1st Jānis Lūsis Soviet Union 81.74 86.34 82.66 84.40 x 90.10 90.10 OR
2nd Jorma Kinnunen Finland 86.30 x x 79.00 85.82 88.58 88.58
3rd Gergely Kulcsàr Hungary 83.10 x 83.82 87.06 85.14 83.40 87.06
4 Wladyslaw Nikiciuk Poland x 85.70 82.24 x 82.32 80.44 85.70
5 Manfred Stolle East Germany x 76.86 81.52 84.42 x 79.72 84.42
6 Karl-Ake Nilsson Sweden 83.48 x x x 76.74 79.76 83.48
7 Janusz Sidlo Poland 80.00 76.36 80.58 75.50 77.86 76.46 80.58
8 Urs von Wartburg Switzerland 80.56 77.06 77.22 x x x 80.56
 
9 Mark Murro United States 80.06 80.08 x       80.08
10 Walter Pektor Austria 75.64 77.40 x       77.40
11 Aurelio Janet Cuba x 74.88 x       74.88
12 Hermann Salomon West Germany x 71.64 73.50       73.50
 
 
 

 

 

 

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