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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: All those reaching 66.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 26, 1956
Date Finished: November 26, 1956
(Competitors: 21; Countries: 12; Finalists: 15)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Advances in the aerodynamics of javelin design by Dick Held revolutionised standards in this event. Before 1956, three men had reached 80m a total of five times, but in Olympic year six men exceeded 80m on 20 occasions. Heading the list were Sidło, European Champion, and first to throw 80m with the “traditional” javelin in 1953, and Danielsen. The latter’s best was 83.57 with 10 competitions over 80m, while Sidło’s was the world record (83.66). Both qualified comfortably behind reigning champion Cy Young, who threw 74.76 as 15 exceeded the 66m qualifying level. Young’s qualifying mark was more than 6m beyond his best in the final, and he finished a disappointed 11th. Helsinki fourth-placer Tsybulenko made the early running with 74.96 and 75.84, before Sidło threw 79.98 in round 3. Danielsen made the six man cut-off with 72.60, less than a metre ahead of Macquet, but in round 4 he launched a rocket – the spear flying low but for longer than onlookers could believe possible, landing well beyond the world record flag at 85.71. This effectively ended the competition. It transpired that Sidło had lent Danielsen his javelin and Macquet had supplied him with a wrenchingly strong cup of coffee just before the record throw.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The javelin world record had taken a beating since 1952, due to new, more aerodynamic javelin designs, pioneered by American javelinist Franklin “Bud” Held and his brother, Dick. Bud Held used the new javelin to better the world record three times in 1953 and 1955. But a few months before Melbourne Poland’s Janusz Sidło pushed the jav out to 83.66 (274-5¾) for another record. The 1954 European Champion, he was the favorite. Norway’s Egil Danielsen was also considered a contender, based on a solid 1956 season. Defending champion Cy Young led the qualifiers but would struggle in the final, finishing 11th. Sidło led after three rounds with 79.98 (262-5), which would be his best mark, and would win the silver medal. Then in the fourth round, Danielson launched a low throw that seemed to stay airborne forever, breaking the world record with 85.71 (281-2½).
 
 
Results
Javelin Throw Men Final 26 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 85.71 Egil Danielsen Norway NOR 23 WR
2 79.98 Janusz Sidło Poland POL 23 OR
3 79.50 Viktor Tsybulenko Soviet Union URS 26
4 74.68 Herbert Koschel Germany GER 34
5 74.28 Jan Kopyto Poland POL 22
6 72.88 Giovanni Lievore Italy ITA 24
7 71.84 Michel Macquet France FRA 24
8 70.32 Aleksandr Gorshkov Soviet Union URS 27
9 69.86 Heiner Will Germany GER 30
10 69.74 Phil Conley United States USA 22
11 68.64 Cy Young United States USA 28
12 67.14 Vladimir Kuznetsov Soviet Union URS 25
13 66.33 Sándor Krasznai Hungary HUN 23
14 62.55 Muhammad Nawaz Pakistan PAK 32
AC NM Benny Garcia United States USA 23
Javelin Throw Men Qualifying Round 26 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 74.76 Q Cy Young United States USA 28 OR
2 74.15 Q Egil Danielsen Norway NOR 23
3 73.89 Q Vladimir Kuznetsov Soviet Union URS 25
4 72.90 Q Herbert Koschel Germany GER 34
5 72.31 Q Aleksandr Gorshkov Soviet Union URS 27
6 72.00 Q Janusz Sidło Poland POL 23
7 71.23 Q Michel Macquet France FRA 24
8 71.20 Q Viktor Tsybulenko Soviet Union URS 26
9 71.17 Q Benny Garcia United States USA 23
10 70.38 Q Heiner Will Germany GER 30
11 69.64 Q Giovanni Lievore Italy ITA 24
12 68.50 Q Phil Conley United States USA 22
13 68.19 Q Jan Kopyto Poland POL 22
14 67.57 Q Muhammad Nawaz Pakistan PAK 32
15 67.39 Q Sándor Krasznai Hungary HUN 23
16 65.76 Bob Grant Australia AUS 22
17 65.35 Jalal Khan Pakistan PAK 29
18 64.58 Léon Syrovatski France FRA 18
19 63.68 Reinaldo Oliver Puerto Rico PUR 24
20 62.77 Peter Cullen Great Britain GBR 24
21 57.09 Jim Achurch Australia AUS 28

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Final 15:25 Team Dist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1. Egil Danielsen NOR 85.71m 72.60 68.49 70.75 85.71 72.60 68.86
2. Janusz Sidlo POL 79.98m 72.78 X 79.98 79.70 75.79 73.50
3. Viktor Tsybulenko URS 79.50m 74.96 75.84 71.74 79.50 72.98 63.24
4. Herbert Koschel GER 74.68m 74.68 60.80 69.88 61.66 X 61.29
5. Jan Kopyto POL 74.28m 71.82 73.32 73.02 74.28 57.20 73.27
6. Giovanni Lievore ITA 72.88m 71.26 72.88 67.46 65.58 64.87 55.78
7. Michel Macquet FRA 71.84m 70.03 70.11 71.84  
8. Aleksandr Gorshkov URS 70.32m X X 70.32  
9. Heiner Will GER 69.86m 69.86 67.39 X  
10.Phil Conley USA 69.74m 69.74 60.92 69.59  
11.Cy Young USA 68.64m X 66.32 68.64  
12.Vladimir Kuznetsov URS 67.14m 65.65 62.80 67.14  
13.Sandor Krasznai HUN 66.33m 66.33 60.03 59.78  
14.Muhammad Nawaz PAK 62.55m 62.55 59.42 61.13  
-. Benny Garcia USA NM X X X  
Qualification Round - Monday 26.11 - mark 66.00m - 15 Athletes
Group 10:00 Team Dist. 1. 2. 3.
1. Cy Young USA 74.76m 63.30 74.76 -
2. Egil Danielsen NOR 74.15m 74.15 - -
3. Vladimir Kuznetsov URS 73.89m 64.88 73.89 -
4. Herbert Koschel GER 72.90m 72.90 - -
5. Aleksandr Gorshkov URS 72.31m 72.31 - -
6. Janusz Sidlo POL 72.00m 72.00 - -
7. Michel Macquet FRA 71.23m 71.23 - -
8. Viktor Tsybulenko URS 71.20m 71.20 - -
9. Benny Garcia USA 71.17m 71.17 - -
10.Heiner Will GER 70.38m 52.56 64.68 70.38
11.Giovanni Lievore ITA 69.64m 69.64 - -
12.Phil Conley USA 68.50m 68.50 - -
13.Jan Kopyto POL 68.19m 68.19 - -
14.Muhammad Nawaz PAK 67.57m 59.44 61.62 67.57
15.Sandor Krasznai HUN 67.39m 61.87 67.39 -
16.Bob Grant AUS 65.76m X 65.76 61.50
17.Jalal Khan PAK 65.35m 65.35 X 61.61
18.L�on Syrovatski FRA 64.58m 61.06 62.65 64.58
19.Reinaldo Oliver PRO 63.68m 55.85 52.42 63.68
20.Peter Cullen GBR 62.77m X 61.37 62.77
21.Jim Achurch AUS 57.09m 57.09 43.43 X
 
 
 

 

 

 

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