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1976 Olympic Games Montreal - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Montréal, Canada Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 79.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 25, 1976  
Date Finished: July 26, 1976  
(Competitors: 23; Countries: 15; Finalists: 16)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Overview by IAAF    1976_olympic_stadium.jpg
Hannu Siitonen, the European Champion, and Seppo Hovinen, who had thrown beyond 93m on two occasions in 1976, were expected to battle out for the win, so it was surprising to see Hovinen’s fine qualifying mark of 89.76 immediately followed by Miklós Németh throwing 89.28. Németh had ranked as high as second in the world back in 1967, but had never achieved so much as a medal in major competition, appearing to be in the shadow of his father Imre, the ’48 Hammer winner. Phil Olsen (CAN) set a Commonwealth record of 87.76 to lead the other group of qualifiers, 16 in all, to the final. In the final, Németh showed that his throw of the previous day was no fluke as he launched a low trajectory dart with his first throw, which seemed to fly endlessly before landing at a world record 94.58. Most javelin records are aided by a slight headwind, holding the spear up for longer. There was no such breeze here, and the throw would have gone 5m or so further in good conditions. Siitonen was the next thrower, and did well to reach 87.92. Curiously the bronze medallist Megelea also threw his best in the first round after the record throw. Thereafter, no thrower managed more than 87m, with Hovinen so deflated that he could throw only 84.26.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The two leading Finns, Hannu Siitonen (1974 European Champion) and Seppo Hovinen, were favored. Hungary’s Miklós Németh had been world ranked since 1967 but had never won a medal at a major international event. He led the qualifying with 89.76 (294-6). Then in the final, he opened with a world record of 94.58 (310-3¾) and was never challenged. Siitonen won the silver medal while Hovinen was back in 7th place, one spot ahead of Soviet legend Jānis Lūsis. Németh’s father, Imre Németh, also won a gold medal, in the 1948 hammer throw.
 
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1976 Summer Olympics
World Record  Klaus Wolfermann (FRG) 94.08 m May 5, 1973 West Germany Leverkusen, West Germany
Olympic Record  Klaus Wolfermann (FRG) 90.48 m September 3, 1972 West Germany Munich, West Germany
 
        Results        
 
Javelin Throw Men     Final 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 94.58     Miklós Németh Hungary HUN 23 Oct 46 WR
2 87.92     Hannu Siitonen Finland FIN 18 Mar 49  
3 87.16     Gheorghe Megelea Canada CAN 14 Mar 54  
4 86.50     Piotr Bielczyk Poland POL 17 Feb 52  
5 86.16     Sam Colson United States USA 24 Mar 51  
6 85.26     Vasiliy Yershov Soviet Union URS 15 Aug 49  
7 84.26     Seppo Hovinen Finland FIN 4 Feb 51  
8 80.26     Janis Lūsis Soviet Union URS 19 May 39  
10 79.06     Michael Wessing West Germany FRG 29 Aug 52  
11 78.24     Terje Thorslund Norway NOR 15 Mar 45  
12 77.70     Phil Olsen Canada CAN 31 Jan 57  
13 75.54     Amado Morales Puerto Rico PUR 22 Jul 47  
14 74.88     Bjørn Grimnes Norway NOR 24 Sep 50  
15 73.88     Valentin Dzhonev Bulgaria BUL 20 Jun 52  
16 71.70     Anthony Hall United States USA 17 Mar 50  
  DNS     Jorma Jaakola Finland FIN 13 Jun 50  
Javelin Throw Men     Qualification 25 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 89.76     Seppo Hovinen Finland FIN 4 Feb 51  
2 89.28     Miklós Németh Hungary HUN 23 Oct 46  
3 87.76     Phil Olsen Canada CAN 31 Jan 57  
4 86.64     Sam Colson United States USA 24 Mar 51  
5 85.68     Vasiliy Yershov Soviet Union URS 15 Aug 49  
6 83.84     Jorma Jaakola Finland FIN 13 Jun 50  
7 82.56     Piotr Bielczyk Poland POL 17 Feb 52  
8 82.54     Michael Wessing West Germany FRG 29 Aug 52  
9 82.52     Terje Thorslund Norway NOR 15 Mar 45  
10 82.08     Amado Morales Puerto Rico PUR 22 Jul 47  
10 82.08     Janis Lūsis Soviet Union URS 19 May 39  
12 80.84     Valentin Dzhonev Bulgaria BUL 20 Jun 52  
13 80.32     Bjørn Grimnes Norway NOR 24 Sep 50  
14 80.26     Gheorghe Megelea Canada CAN 14 Mar 54  
15 79.56     Anthony Hall United States USA 17 Mar 50  
16 79.38     Hannu Siitonen Finland FIN 18 Mar 49  
17 78.40     Jacques Aye-Abehi Cote d'Ivoire CIV 42  
18 78.32     Richard George United States USA 22 May 53  
19 77.60     Sándor Boros Hungary HUN 7 May 49  
20 77.48     Ferenc Paragi Hungary HUN 21 Aug 53  
21 72.78     Óskar Jakobsson Iceland ISL 29 Jan 55  
22 54.92     Ghasson Faddoul Lebanon LIB 1 Sep 55  
  NM     Urs von Wartburg Switzerland SUI 1 Mar 37  
 
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Qualification

Group A

Group BFinal
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3
1 1  Seppo Hovinen (FIN) 89.76 89.76 m  
2 2  Miklós Németh (HUN) 89.28 89.28 m  
3 6  Jorma Jaakola (FIN) 83.84 83.84 m  
4 7  Piotr Bielczyk (POL) 82.56 82.56 m  
5 8  Michael Wessing (FRG) 75.98 78.28 82.54 82.54 m  
6 9  Terje Thorslund (NOR) 82.52 82.52 m  
7 10  Jānis Lūsis (URS) 82.08 82.08 m  
8 14  Gheorghe Megelea (ROM) 80.28 80.28 m  
9 16  Hannu Siitonen (FIN) 79.38 79.38 m  
10 19  Sándor Boros (HUN) 77.60 77.18 70.06 77.60 m  
11 20  Ferenc Paragi (HUN) 73.54 77.48 75.76 77.48 m  
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3
1 3  Phil Olsen (CAN) 87.76 87.76 m  
2 4  Sam Colson (USA) 72.28 71.74 86.64 86.64 m  
3 5  Vasyl Yershov (URS) 85.68 85.68 m  
4 10  Amado Morales (PUR) 82.08 82.08 m  
5 12  Valentin Dzhonev (BUL) 75.66 80.84 80.84 m  
6 13  Bjørn Grimnes (NOR) 73.74 80.32 80.32 m  
7 15  Anthony Hall (USA) 79.56 79.56 m  
8 17  Jacques Aye Abehi (CIV) 74.76 78.40 70.10 78.40 m  
9 18  Richard George (USA) X 78.32 64.96 78.32 m  
10 21  Óskar Jakobsson (ISL) 72.78 71.90 X 72.78 m  
11 22  Ghassan Faddoul (LIB) X 54.92 53.90 54.92 m  
 Urs von Wartburg (SUI) X X X NM  
Rank Athlete Attempts Result Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Miklós Németh (HUN) 94.58 83.32 84.76 86.84 94.58 m WR
2nd  Hannu Siitonen (FIN) 87.92 X 86.58 X X 80.92 87.92 m  
3rd  Gheorghe Megelea (ROM) 87.16 83.16 82.92 82.10 X X 87.16 m  
4  Piotr Bielczyk (POL) X 77.90 86.50 81.00 82.28 82.94 86.50 m  
5  Sam Colson (USA) 77.70 85.08 86.16 X X X 86.16 m  
6  Vasyl Yershov (URS) 85.26 X 77.06 X 78.32 82.50 85.26 m  
7  Seppo Hovinen (FIN) 83.46 83.92 84.26 X X X 84.26 m  
8  Jānis Lūsis (URS) 79.74 77.58 73.76 74.00 X 80.26 80.26 m  
 
9  Michael Wessing (FRG) 78.44 X 79.06   79.06 m  
10  Terje Thorslund (NOR) 78.24 X 76.48   78.24 m  
11  Phil Olsen (CAN) X X 77.70   77.70 m  
12  Amado Morales (PUR) 71.30 X 75.54   75.54 m  
13  Bjørn Grimnes (NOR) X 73.24 74.88   74.88 m  
14  Valentin Dzhonev (BUL) 73.16 X 73.88   73.88 m  
15  Anthony Hall (USA) X 68.92 71.70   71.70 m  
 Jorma Jaakola (FIN)   DNS
 
 

 

 

 

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