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1983 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

1983 1st IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's Javelin Throw (Old Model)

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (62.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 12)
Dates: 7–14 August 1983
Nations participating: 153
Athletes participating: 1,355
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
The capacity crowd of 54,700 had high expectations of the Finnish world record holder Lillak, who led the qualifying round at 69.16. Whitbread, meanwhile, had only just recovered from tonsilitis and scraped into the final in 12th place. One brilliant throw from each of these two women provided a final of high drama. The first of these came in the opening round, when Whitbread went near to her personal best with 69.14. Lillak threw 67.34, while another Briton, Sanderson, went into third at 64.76. Three full rounds followed with none of the principals improving. It became increasingly clear that Whitbread’s opening effort was not only an excellent throw in the conditions, but that it might hold up for victory. In the fifth round, Verouli replaced Sanderson in third place. Lillak improved marginally to 67.46 so was left with just one more chance. Whitbread passed her final throw with a sore back and could barely watch as Lillak prepared for her final effort. The crowd was deafening as the spear left her hand, then went berserk went it landed at 70.82. Sanderson was still to throw but Lillak sprinted round a victory halflap. The Briton managed only 59.74 and Finland’s first gold was confirmed. “Not technically perfect,” said Lillak of her winning throw, “but there was enough force behind it to go over 70m.”
 These are the official results of the Women's Javelin Throw event at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total of 23 participating athletes, with the final held on Saturday August 13, 1983. The qualification mark was set at 62.00 metres. All results were made with a rough surfaced javelin (old design).

Records

Standing records prior to the 1983 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 74.76 m June 13, 1983 Finland Tampere, Finland
Event Record New event
Season Best  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 74.76 m June 13, 1983 Finland Tampere, Finland
 
 
  Javelin Throw (Old Model) 12 August
  Final
1 Tiina Lillak FIN 15 Apr 61 70.82
2 Fatima Whitbread GBR 3 Mar 61 69.14
3 Anna Verouli GRE 13 Nov 56 65.72
4 Tessa Sanderson GBR 14 Mar 56 64.76
5 Eva Raduly-Zörgö ROU 23 Oct 54 63.86
6 Tuula Laaksalo FIN 21 Apr 53 62.44
7 Beate Peters FRG 12 Oct 59 62.42
8 María Colón CUB 25 Mar 58 62.04
9 Petra Meier GDR 30 Jul 59 62.02
10 Karin Smith USA 4 Aug 55 59.76
11 Antje Zöllkau GDR 23 Jun 63 58.82
12 Mayra Vila CUB 5 Jun 60 57.80
Qualification 10 August
Group A
1 Tessa Sanderson GBR 64,80
2 Petra Felke-Meier GDR 64,46
3 Mayra Vila CUB 62,78
4 Tuula Laaksalo FIN 62,06
5 Karin Bergdahl SWE 60,64
6 Ingrid Thyssen FRG 59,70
7 Elena Burgarova TCH 58,48
8 Monique Lapres CAN 54,70
9 Xiaoli Xin CHN 52,52
10 Jennifer Pace MLT 41,96
- Sofia Sakorafa GRE DNS
Final 19:00 Distance 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1 Tiina Lillak FIN 70.82m 67.34 59.04 63.24 63.56 67.46 70.82
2 Fatima Whitbread GBR 69.14m 69.14 X 64.48 X 61.78 X
3 Anna Verouli GRE 65.72m X 61.74 62.38 63.08 65.72 X
4 Tessa Sanderson GBR 64.76m 64.76 63.66 63.94 64.10 64.00 59.74
5 Eva Raduly-Zorgo ROU 63.86m 63.38 60.32 57.36 60.92 63.86 61.80
6 Tuula Laaksalo FIN 62.44m 50.50 62.44 X 56.52 X 59.04
7 Beate Peters FRG 62.42m 59.22 X 62.42 X 59.30 X
8 Maria Caridad Colon CUB 62.04m 61.52 62.04 56.96 57.34 57.88 56.32
9 Petra Felke-Meier GDR 62.02m X 61.82 62.02
10 Karin Smith USA 59.76m 56.76 X 59.76
11 Antje Kempe-Zollkau GDR 58.82m 58.82 X 54.84
12 Mayra Vila CUB 57.80m 57.60 53.72 57.80
Group B
1 Tiina Lillak FIN 69,16
2 Anna Verouli GRE 68,50
3 Antje Kempe-Zollkau GDR 62,74
4 Eva Raduly-Zorgo ROU 61,92
5 Karin Smith USA 61,48
6 Beate Peters FRG 61,18
7 Maria Caridad Colon CUB 60,98
8 Fatima Whitbread GBR 60,96
9 Fausta Quintavalla ITA 59,34
10 Emi Matsui JPN 55,52
11 Mereoni Vibose FIJ 49,44
12 Norsham Yoon MAS 40,40
 
Group A Dist. 1. 2. 3.
1 Tessa Sanderson GBR 64.80m 64.80 - -
2 Petra Felke-Meier GDR 64.46m 60.08 57.80 64.46
3 Mayra Vila CUB 62.78m 53.44 60.46 62.78
4 Tuula Laaksalo FIN 62.06m 62.06 - -
5 Karin Bergdahl SWE 60.64m 60.64 X 59.14
6 Ingrid Thyssen FRG 59.70m 58.84 56.16 59.70
7 Elena Burgarova TCH 58.48m 57.30 58.48 56.40
8 Monique Lapres CAN 54.70m 51.48 54.70 48.70
9 Xiaoli Xin CHN 52.52m 49.70 44.62 52.52
10 Jennifer Pace MLT 41.96m 40.72 41.96 41.52
- Sofia Sakorafa GRE DNS
Group B Dist. 1. 2. 3.
1 Tiina Lillak FIN 69.16m 58.14 69.16 -
2 Anna Verouli GRE 68.50m 68.50 - -
3 Antje Kempe-Zollkau GDR 62.74m 62.74 - -
4 Eva Raduly-Zorgo ROU 61.92m 61.92 59.14 60.54
5 Karin Smith USA 61.48m 61.48 58.90 58.92
6 Beate Peters FRG 61.18m 57.10 60.00 61.18
7 Maria Caridad Colon CUB 60.98m 60.98 X 55.08
8 Fatima Whitbread GBR 60.96m X 57.34 60.96
9 Fausta Quintavalla ITA 59.34m 59.34 53.68 58.00
10 Emi Matsui JPN 55.52m X 55.52 53.10
11 Mereoni Vibose FIJ 49.44m 49.00 48.48 49.44

Group A 12 AUG 1983 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYSB 1983
  Karin Bergdahl SWE SWE  
  Elena Burgarova TCH TCH  
  Petra Felke-Meier GDR GDR  
  Tuula Laaksalo FIN FIN  
  Monique Lapres CAN CAN  
  Jennifer Pace MLT MLT  
  Sofía Sakoráfa GRE GRE  
  Tessa Sanderson GBR GBR  
  Ingrid Thyssen FRG FRG  
  Mayra Vila CUB CUB  
  Xiaoli Xin CHN CHN  

Group B 12 AUG 1983 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYSB 1983
  Maria Caridad Colón CUB CUB  
  Antje Kempe-Zöllkau GDR GDR  
  Tiina Lillak FIN FIN  
  Emi Matsui JPN JPN  
  Beate Peters FRG FRG  
  Fausta Quintavalla ITA ITA  
  Eva Raduly-Zörgö ROU ROU  
  Karin Smith USA USA  
  Anna Verouli GRE GRE  
  Mereoni Vibose FIJ FIJ  
  Fatima Whitbread GBR GBR  
  Norsham Yoon MAS MAS
 
 
 

 

 

 

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