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1928 Olympic Games Amsterdam, Netherlands - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands Format: Top six (and ties) advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 2, 1928  
Date Finished: August 2, 1928  
(Competitors: 28; Countries: 18; Finalists: 20)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Overview by IAAF   Olympic_Stadium_Amsterdam_1928.jpg 
Lundqvist had a great season, winning 18 of 19 competitions, and just after the Games he became the first man to throw further than 70m. In Amsterdam he won the competition with his first throw, which was only his seventh best of the year. Curiously all but one of his six better throws occurred after the Games. The then world record holder Eino Penttilä had a miserable day, with a best of only 63.20. By contrast his next two competitions saw him average 67.26. Stanley Lay, who had won the AAA with a world leading 67.89, was exactly 5m down on his best. In contrast, Béla Szepes set a national record with his second round throw of 65.26.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Erik Lundqvist (SWE) was the dominant thrower in 1928, winning all but one of his meets. The world record holder was Eino Penttilä, but he performed poorly at the Olympics, finishing only sixth. In Amsterdam Lundqvist won with his first-round throw of 66.60 (218-6). Thirteen days later, he broke the world record with 71.01 (232-11¾), the first-ever throw over 70 metres.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1928 Summer Olympics.

World Record 69.88 Finland Eino Penttilä Viipuri (FIN) October 1, 1927
Olympic Record 65.78 Finland Jonni Myyrä Antwerp (BEL) August 15, 1920

Erik Lundqvist set a new Olympic record in the qualification with 66.60 metres.

 
        Results          
 
Javelin Throw Men     Final 2 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 66.60     Erik Lundqvist Sweden SWE 19 OR  
2 65.26     Béla Szepes Hungary HUN 24    
3 63.97     Olav Sunde Norway NOR 24    
4 63.86     Paavo Liettu Finland FIN 23    
5 63.40     Bruno Schlokat Germany GER 29    
6 63.20     Eino Penttilä Finland FIN 21    
Javelin Throw Men     Qualifying Round 2 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 66.60   Q Erik Lundqvist Sweden SWE 19    
2 65.26   Q Béla Szepes Hungary HUN 24    
3 63.97   Q Olav Sunde Norway NOR 24    
4 63.86   Q Paavo Liettu Finland FIN 23    
5 63.40   Q Bruno Schlokat Germany GER 29    
6 63.20   Q Eino Penttilä Finland FIN 21    
7 62.89     Stan Lay New Zealand NZL 21    
8 61.46     Johan Meimer Estonia EST 23    
9 61.45     Albert Lamppu Finland FIN 29    
10 60.46     Arthur Sager United States USA 23    
11 59.86     Erich Stoschek Germany GER 25    
12 59.16     Doral Pilling Canada CAN 22    
13 59.05     Kosaku Sumiyoshi Japan JPN 20    
14 58.69     Gunnar Lindström Sweden SWE 32    
15 58.04     Vilho Rinne Finland FIN 33    
16 57.57     Lee Bartlett United States USA 21    
17 57.17     Creth Hines United States USA 22    
18 56.33     Jules Herremans Belgium BEL 23    
19 55.85     Charles Harlow United States USA 25    
20 55.50     Georgios Zakharopoulos Greece GRE 30    
21 54.37     George Weightman-Smith South Africa RSA 22    
22 54.34     Gaston Étienne Belgium BEL 26    
23 53.70     Vilim Messner Yugoslavia YUG 24    
24 52.82     Emmanuel Degland France FRA 28    
25 52.68     Jaap Knol Netherlands NED 31    
26 51.16     Viktoras Ražaitis Lithuania LTU 20    
27 50.93     Otto Rottman Romania ROU      
28 47.73     Joop van der Leij Netherlands NED 29    

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Qualification

The qualification started at 2 p.m. The best six throwers, all four groups counted together, qualified for the final.

Group 1

Place Athlete 1. 2. 3. Distance Overall Rank Qual.
1  Erik Lundqvist (SWE) 66.60 ~58 ~60.5 66.60 OR 1 Q
2  Johan Meimer (EST) ~58 61.46 X 61.46 8  
3  Erich Stoschek (GER) 59.86     59.86 11  
4  Kosaku Sumiyoshi (JPN) ~58 59.05   59.05 13  
5  Vilho Rinne (FIN) ~55 58.04 ~57 58.04 15  
6  Charles Harlow (USA) 55.85 55.85 19  
7  Otto Rottman (ROU) 50.93 50.93 27  

Group 2

Place Athlete 1. 2. 3. Distance Overall Rank Qual.
1  Béla Szepes (HUN) ~62.5 65.26 ~56 65.26 2 Q
2  Stan Lay (NZL) ~60.5 62.89 ~56 62.89 7  
3  Albert Lamppu (FIN) ~58.5 ~56 61.45 61.45 9  
4  Gunnar Lindström (SWE) X (~60) ~58 58.69 58.69 14  
5  Lee Bartlett (USA) X ~56 57.57 57.57 16  
6  Gaston Étienne (FRA) 54.34 54.34 22  
7  Jaap Knol (NED) 52.68 52.68 25  

Group 3

Place Athlete 1. 2. 3. Distance Overall Rank Qual.
1  Olav Sunde (NOR) ~62.5 63.97 ~63.8 63.97 3 Q
2  Paavo Liettu (FIN) ~62 63.86 ~63.7 63.86 4 Q
3  Arthur Sager (USA) 60.50 ~58 ~58 60.50 10  
4  Jules Herremans (BEL) 56.33 56.33 18  
5  George Weightman-Smith (RSA) 54.37 54.37 21  
6  Viktoras Ražaitis (LTU) 51.16 51.16 26  
7  Joop van der Leij (NED) ~46 47.73   47.73 28  

Group 4

Place Athlete 1. 2. 3. Distance Overall Rank Qual.
1  Bruno Schlokat (GER) ~58 ~62 63.40 63.40 5 Q
2  Eino Penttilä (FIN) ~56 63.20 ~62 63.20 6 Q
3  Doral Pilling (CAN) 59.16 59.16 12  
4  Creth Hines (USA) ~56 X (~60.2) 57.17 57.17 17  
5  Georgios Zakharopoulos (GRE) 55.50 55.50 20  
6  Vilim Messner (YUG) 53.70 53.70 23  
7  Emmanuel Degland (FRA) 52.82 52.82 24  
 

Final

The final was held on the same day and started at about 4.30 p.m.

Place Athlete Qual. Width 1. 2. 3. Distance
1  Erik Lundqvist (SWE) 66.60 ~61 61.58 ~54 66.60
2  Béla Szepes (HUN) 65.26 X 62.50 ~54 65.26
3  Olav Sunde (NOR) 63.97 X 59.50 ~55 63.97
4  Paavo Liettu (FIN) 63.86 ~55 ~61 63.76 63.86
5  Bruno Schlokat (GER) 63.40 ~60 ~57.5 63.26 63.40
6  Eino Penttilä (FIN) 63.20 58.35 ~56 X (~64.5) 63.20
 
 

 

 

 

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