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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Women's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 63.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 25, 1988
Date Finished: September 26, 1988
(Competitors: 35; Countries: 27; Finalists: 12)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF  1988_olympic_stadium.jpg
In an event notable for surprises, Trine Hattestad was a model of consistency. After early career failures in the 1980s, and one Olympic medal in four attempts, she had won two world titles, and become world record holder with the new specification javelin introduced at the beginning of the pre-Olympic year. The qualifying was led by Menéndez with 67.34, with Nerius (65.76) and Hattestad (65.44) also producing big throws. Hattestad settled things early in the final, booming the 6th throw of the competition out to 68.91, the second-furthest of all-time. Menéndez had preceded the Norwegian with 66.03, and was overtaken for silver in the third round by World Champion Tzelíli, who moved into third on the all-time list with 67.51, a throw which she emulated in the 6th round. Menéndez showed good competitive fire with her final throw of 66.18, and in all produced four throws ahead of fourth place Nerius’s 64.84.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
Fatima Whitbread (GBR) had won the two biggest meets since the 1984 Olympics – the 1986 Europeans and the 1987 Worlds, and set a world record in winning the 1986 European title. But the best thrower in the world for the past four years had been Petra Felke (GDR) who had won 69 of 76 meets in that time, although with three losses coming to Whitbread. Felke had set four world records, culminating with a precise 80 metres (262-5¾) a few weeks before the Seoul Olympics. The competition was expected to be close between the two, and Whitbread led the qualifiers with 68.04 (223-2¾) with Felke second with 67.06 (220-0¼). But Felke settled the gold medal in round one by throwing 72.62 (238-3¼). She bettered that with 74.68 (245-0¼) in the second round but Whitbread could not approach those marks, finishing with 70.32 (230-8½) in the final round to secure second place.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics
World Record  Petra Felke (GDR) 80.00 m September 9, 1988 East Germany Potsdam, East Germany
Olympic Record  Tessa Sanderson (GBR) 69.56 m August 6, 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States
Broken records during the 1988 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Petra Felke (GDR) 72.62 m September 26, 1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
74.68 m
 
Results
Javelin Throw (old) Women Final 26 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 74.68 Petra Meier East Germany GDR 30 Jul 59
2 70.32 Fatima Whitbread Great Britain GBR 3 Mar 61
3 67.30 Beate Koch East Germany GDR 18 Aug 67
4 67.00 Irina Kostyuchenkova Soviet Union URS 11 May 61
5 66.38 Silke Renk East Germany GDR 30 Jun 67
6 64.84 Natalya Yermolovich Soviet Union URS 29 Apr 64
7 61.78 Donna Mayhew United States USA 20 Jun 60
8 60.76 Ingrid Thyssen West Germany FRG 9 Jan 56
9 58.54 Dénise Thiemard Switzerland SUI 24 Mar 60
10 58.20 Päivi Alafrantti Finland FIN 8 May 64
11 56.78 Antoaneta Selenska Bulgaria BUL 8 Jun 63
12 54.58 Zsuzsa Malovecz Hungary HUN 21 May 62
Javelin Throw (old) Women Qualification 25 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 68.44 Fatima Whitbread Great Britain GBR 3 Mar 61
2 67.08 Petra Meier East Germany GDR 30 Jul 59
3 66.86 Beate Koch East Germany GDR 18 Aug 67
4 64.44 Natalya Yermolovich Soviet Union URS 29 Apr 64
5 64.30 Zsuzsa Malovecz Hungary HUN 21 May 62
6 63.64 Silke Renk East Germany GDR 30 Jun 67
7 63.32 Ingrid Thyssen West Germany FRG 9 Jan 56
8 63.24 Irina Kostyuchenkova Soviet Union URS 11 May 61
9 62.82 Päivi Alafrantti Finland FIN 8 May 64
10 61.74 Dénise Thiemard Switzerland SUI 24 Mar 60
11 61.62 Antoaneta Selenska Bulgaria BUL 8 Jun 63
12 61.56 Donna Mayhew United States USA 20 Jun 60
13 60.64 Tuula Laaksalo Finland FIN 21 Apr 53
14 60.20 Beate Peters West Germany FRG 12 Oct 59
15 60.06 Tiina Lillak Finland FIN 15 Apr 61
16 60.02 Lavern Eve Bahamas BAH 16 Jun 65
17 58.92 Li Baolian China CHN 8 Mar 63
18 58.82 Trine Hattestad Norway NOR 18 Apr 66
19 58.52 Anna Verouli Greece GRE 13 Nov 56
20 57.94 Karin Smith United States USA 4 Aug 55
21 56.70 Tessa Sanderson Great Britain GBR 14 Mar 56
22 56.36 Zhou Yuanxiang China CHN 30 Jan 64
23 56.26 Emi Matsui Japan JPN 20 Feb 63
24 56.12 Lynda Sutfin United States USA 6 Oct 62
25 56.00 Sharon Gibson Great Britain GBR 31 Dec 61
26 54.28 Íris Grönfeldt Iceland ISL 8 Feb 63
27 54.10 Céline Chartrand Canada CAN 26 May 62
28 48.26 Yoo Chun-Ok South Korea KOR 15 Aug 69
NM Nadine Auzeil France FRA 19 Aug 64
 
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Qualification

Group A

Group B

RankOverallAthleteAttemptsDistanceNote
123
1 2  Petra Felke (GDR) 67.06 67.06 m  
2 3  Beate Koch (GDR) 66.86 66.86 m  
3 5  Natalya Yermolovich (URS) X 64.44 64.44 m  
4 6  Zsuzsa Malovecz (HUN) 64.30 64.30 m  
5 11  Denise Thiémard (SUI) 55.18 61.74 55.60 61.74 m  
6 13  Tuula Laaksalo (FIN) 57.34 60.64 54.66 60.64 m  
7 14  Beate Peters (FRG) X X 60.20 60.20 m  
8 16  Laverne Eve (BAH) X 57.48 60.02 60.02 m  
9 18  Trine Solberg (NOR) 57.76 56.90 58.82 58.82 m  
10 19  Anna Verouli (GRE) 57.60 58.52 X 58.52 m  
11 21  Tessa Sanderson (GBR) 54.18 56.70 56.26 56.70 m  
12 22  Zhou Yuanxiang (CHN) 53.66 52.80 56.36 56.36 m  
13 24  Lynda Sutfin (USA) 56.08 56.12 X 56.12 m  
14 27  Céline Chartrand (CAN) 47.64 46.18 54.10 54.10 m  
 Nadine Auzeil (FRA) X X X NM  
RankOverallAthleteAttemptsDistanceNote
123
1 1  Fatima Whitbread (GBR) 54.90 X 68.44 68.44 m  
2 4  Antoaneta Selenska (BUL) 50.84 61.62 64.60 64.60 m  
3 7  Silke Renk (GDR) 63.64 63.64 m  
4 8  Ingrid Thyssen (FRG) 63.32 63.32 m  
5 9  Irina Kostyuchenkova (URS) 58.56 X 63.24 63.24 m  
6 10  Päivi Alafrantti (FIN) 62.82 58.54 59.82 62.82 m  
7 12  Donna Mayhew (USA) 61.56 60.62 59.08 61.56 m  
8 15  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 60.06 X 55.52 60.06 m  
9 17  Li Baolian (CHN) 56.64 58.92 56.62 58.92 m  
10 20  Karin Smith (USA) 57.42 53.86 57.94 57.94 m  
11 23  Emi Matsui (JPN) 50.70 X 56.26 56.26 m  
12 25  Sharon Gibson (GBR) 56.00 50.74 53.20 56.00 m  
13 26  Íris Grönfeldt (ISL) X 54.28 50.84 54.28 m  
14 28  Yoo Chun-Ok (KOR) X 44.92 48.26 48.26 m
 

Final

RankAthleteAttemptsDistance
123456
1st  Petra Felke (GDR) 72.62 74.68 66.12 66.76 71.12 68.38 74.68 m
2nd  Fatima Whitbread (GBR) 61.98 67.46 66.58 64.86 67.82 70.32 70.32 m
3rd  Beate Koch (GDR) 67.30 65.66 66.48 62.04 65.64 66.02 67.30 m
4  Irina Kostyuchenkova (URS) 64.34 67.00 63.12 63.42 63.10 X 67.00 m
5  Silke Renk (GDR) 60.86 58.74 63.98 64.60 64.74 66.38 66.38 m
6  Natalya Yermolovich (URS) 64.84 X X X X X 64.84 m
7  Donna Mayhew (USA) 57.52 X 61.78 59.72 X 56.74 61.78 m
8  Ingrid Thyssen (FRG) 60.76 60.12 56.66 X 59.64 58.28 60.76 m
 
9  Denise Thiémard (SUI) 57.58 57.20 58.54   58.54 m
10  Päivi Alafrantti (FIN) 58.20 55.86 56.46   58.20m
11  Antoaneta Selenska (BUL) 56.78 X X   56.78 m
12  Zsuzsa Malovecz (HUN) X 54.58 X   54.58 m
 
 

 

 

 

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