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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 83.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 4, 1984  
Date Finished: August 5, 1984  
(Competitors: 28; Countries: 19; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Uwe Hohn (GDR) would almost certainly have won the 1984 javelin gold. In his 11 competitions that year Hohn averaged 94.09, a distance not reached by any other thrower in 1984, topped by his monster 104.80, a throw which guaranteed the introduction of a new less aerodynamic javelin. Of those who were present in LA, Tom Petranoff, who had set a world record of 99.72 in 1983, and top German thrower Klaus Tafelmeier, were considered the best gold medal bets. The javelin is recognised as the most unpredictable of the throwing events, and this competition followed that rule, as Tafelmeier failed to qualify, throwing 73.52 in the morning qualifying round. The reason given for his failure was that he was “an evening person”. Petranoff led the qualifiers with 85.96, but could only reach 78.40 in the final, more than 2m less than needed for the top eight. Ottley was the only other man over 85m in qualifying, and he reached 85.74 in round one of the final, with only Härkönen over 83m in the first half of the competition. Härkönen had been the youngest man (20) ever to throw 90m five years earlier, and in the fourth round hurled the winner. Eldebrink moved from eighth to third with his fifth-round 83.72. The winner was not only the first Finn to win for 20 years, but also the first left hander to take the javelin title.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The top javelinist in 1984 was easily East German Uwe Hohn. His 11 meets prior to July averaged 94.09, longer than any other mark in 1984. On 20 July 1984, he changed the event. That day in Berlin he broke the world record with 104.80 (343-10). The throw was so long that it started to raise safety concerns. He was close to literally throwing the javelin out of the stadium – or at least the infield – and putting runners or spectators in danger. Because of this the javelin specifications were shortly thereafter changed, and a new implement was in use from April 1986. Without Hohn nobody was favored in Los Angeles. Tom Petranoff (USA) led the qualifiers with 85.96 (282-0¼) but would finish only 10th in the final. The gold was won by Finland's Arto Härkönen, continuing his nation's tradition in the javelin. He was the first left-hander to win the Olympic javelin.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record  Uwe Hohn (GDR) 104.80 m July 20, 1984 East Germany East Berlin, East Germany
Olympic Record  Miklós Németh (HUN) 94.58 m July 25, 1976 Canada Montreal, Canada
 
        Results        
 
Javelin Throw Men     Final 5 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 86.76     Arto Härkönen Finland FIN 31 Jan 59  
2 85.74     Dave Ottley Great Britain GBR 5 Aug 55  
3 83.72     Kenth Eldebrink Sweden SWE 14 May 55  
4 82.46     Wolfram Gambke West Germany FRG 2 Nov 59  
5 81.98     Masami Yoshida Japan JPN 14 Jun 58  
6 81.58     Einar Vilhjálmsson Iceland ISL 1 Jun 60  
7 81.22     Roald Bradstock Great Britain GBR 24 Apr 62  
8 80.68     Laslo Babits Canada CAN 17 Apr 58  
9 78.98     Per Erling Olsen Norway NOR 30 Mar 58  
10 78.40     Tom Petranoff United States USA 8 Apr 58  
11 78.10     Duncan Atwood United States USA 11 Oct 55  
12 70.86     Jean-Paul Lakafia France FRA 29 Jun 61  
Javelin Throw Men     Qualification 4 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 85.96     Tom Petranoff United States USA 8 Apr 58  
2 85.68     Dave Ottley Great Britain GBR 5 Aug 55  
3 83.06     Arto Härkönen Finland FIN 31 Jan 59  
4 83.06     Roald Bradstock Great Britain GBR 24 Apr 62  
5 82.98     Wolfram Gambke West Germany FRG 2 Nov 59  
6 82.46     Per Erling Olsen Norway NOR 30 Mar 58  
7 82.18     Laslo Babits Canada CAN 17 Apr 58  
8 81.42     Masami Yoshida Japan JPN 14 Jun 58  
9 81.06     Kenth Eldebrink Sweden SWE 14 May 55  
10 80.94     Einar Vilhjálmsson Iceland ISL 1 Jun 60  
11 80.52     Jean-Paul Lakafia France FRA 29 Jun 61  
12 79.34     Duncan Atwood United States USA 11 Oct 55  
13 79.26     Raimo Manninen Finland FIN 17 Sep 55  
14 79.16     Juan de la Garza Mexico MEX 20 Sep 61  
15 76.62     Reidar Lorentzen Norway NOR 22 Sep 56  
16 76.52     Sejad Krdžalic Yugoslavia YUG 5 Jan 60  
17 76.46     Tero Saviniemi Finland FIN 8 Jul 63  
18 75.50     Steve Roller United States USA 20 Feb 54  
19 75.18     Zakayo Malekwa Tanzania TAN 2 Feb 51  
20 74.82     Kazuhiro Mizoguchi Japan JPN 18 Mar 62  
21 74.58     Mohamed Rashid Khan Pakistan PAK 26 Oct 52  
22 73.52     Klaus Tafelmeier West Germany FRG 12 Apr 58  
23 72.96     Agostino Ghesini Italy ITA 4 Aug 58  
24 71.48     Chen Hung-Yen Chinese Taipei TPE 1 Oct 57  
25 70.08     Gurtej Singh India IND 15 Oct 59  
26 69.82     Sigurdur Einarsson Iceland ISL 28 Sep 62  
27 69.76     Justin Arop Uganda UGA 24 Mar 58  
  NM     Mike O'Rourke New Zealand NZL 21 Aug 55  
 
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Qualification

Group A

Group BFinal
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance
1 2 3
1 3  Roald Bradstock (GBR) 79.52 81.08 83.06 83.06 m
2 5  Wolfram Gambke (FRG) 75.10 82.98 X 82.98 m
3 6  Per Erling Olsen (NOR) 82.46 X X 82.46 m
4 7  Laslo Babits (CAN) X 76.68 82.18 82.18 m
5 8  Masami Yoshida (JPN) 78.14 81.42 78.06 81.42 m
6 10  Einar Vilhjálmsson (ISL) 79.78 X 80.94 80.94 m
7 11  Jean-Paul Lakafia (FRA) 80.52 66.26 78.02 80.52 m
8 12  Duncan Atwood (USA) 77.08 79.34 X 79.34 m
9 13  Raimo Manninen (FIN) 79.26 X X 79.24 m
10 14  Juan de la Garza (MEX) 78.80 X 79.16 79.16 m
11 16  Sejad Krdžalić (YUG) 76.52 X X 76.52 m
12 19  Zakayo Malekwa (TAN) 71.80 X 75.18 75.18 m
13 23  Agostino Ghesini (ITA) 72.16 63.92 72.96 72.96 m
14 27  Justin Arop (UGA) 69.76 66.30 X 69.76 m
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance
1 2 3
1 1  Tom Petranoff (USA) 85.96 85.96 m
2 2  David Ottley (GBR) 85.68 85.68 m
3 4  Arto Härkönen (FIN) 82.82 83.06 83.06 m
4 9  Kenth Eldebrink (SWE) 79.36 81.06 79.42 81.06 m
5 2  Reidar Lorentzen (NOR) X 68.00 76.62 76.62 m
6 17  Tero Saviniemi (FIN) X 76.46 X 76.46 m
7 18  Steve Roller (USA) 75.50 75.48 X 75.50 m
8 20  Kazuhiro Mizoguchi (JPN) 74.82 72.58 69.18 74.82 m
9 21  Rashid Mohammed (PAK) 72.48 70.76 74.58 74.58 m
10 22  Klaus Tafelmeier (FRG) X X 73.52 73.52 m
11 24  Chen Hung-Yen (TPE) 62.46 71.48 68.54 71.48 m
12 25  Gurtej Singh (IND) 63.62 70.08 69.32 70.08 m
13 26  Sigurður Einarsson (ISL) 69.82 66.68 67.02 69.82 m
 Mike O'Rourke (NZL) X X X NM
Rank Athlete Attempts Distance
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Arto Härkönen (FIN) X 78.74 84.34 86.76 X X 86.76 m
2nd  David Ottley (GBR) 85.74 81.52 X X 83.92 84.46 85.74 m
3rd  Kenth Eldebrink (SWE) X 80.28 X X 83.72 83.30 83.72 m
4  Wolfram Gambke (FRG) 82.00 82.46 X 78.88 X 72.08 82.46 m
5  Masami Yoshida (JPN) X 81.98 X 81.98 77.92 81.66 81.98 m
6  Einar Vilhjálmsson (ISL) 80.44 77.66 79.22 81.58 X 79.26 81.58 m
7  Roald Bradstock (GBR) 70.20 81.22 78.22 76.68 X 78.82 81.22 m
8  Laslo Babits (CAN) X X 80.68 X X X 80.68 m
 
9  Per Erling Olsen (NOR) 73.64 X 78.98   78.98 m
10  Tom Petranoff (USA) X X 78.40   78.40 m
11  Duncan Atwood (USA) 72.54 78.10 X   78.10 m
12  Jean-Paul Lakafia (FRA) X X 70.86   70.86 m
 
 
 

 

 

 

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