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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Men's Javelin Throw


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 17, 2016 Format: Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 20, 2016 Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to round one
 Competitors 37from 23 nations  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
 Thomas Rohler
Summary by      

Early in 2016 German [Thomas Rohler] was considered the favorite as he had won two Diamond League meets and had four of the top seven throws in the world, but as Rio approached, back problems made him an unsteady favorite. He made the final in Rio, and was joined there by two other major challengers – defending gold medalist [Keshorn Walcott] of Trinidad & Tobago and 2015 World Champion [Julius Yego] of Kenya.

Yego took the lead in round with 88.24, which would remain his best mark and would eventually bring him the silver medal. It was also his only fair throw, as passed on three other throws, including his final two, the victim of a chronic ankle injury. He would be taken off the field in a wheelchair.

In round two Walcott threw 85.38, his best effort, which was good for bronze. Yego held the lead, despite getting only the one mark, into round five, when Rohler, until then in second place with 87.40 from the first round, came through with 90.30 to win gold. Despite Rohler's consistency in invitationals, this was his first medal in a major international meet.

Summary by Wikipedia

Defending champion, Keshorn Walcott started the final with a respectable 83.45 m. The second thrower was Johannes Vetter who topped it with an 85.32 m. The eighth thrower in the round was reigning World Champion Julius Yego, who tossed it 88.24 m (289 ft 6 in), landing on his hands to avoid a face plant on the runway. He moved into the gold medal position. The next competitor was the number one thrower in 2016, Thomas Röhler who answered with an 87.40 m to move into silver position. On his second attempt, Walcott threw it 85.38 to move into bronze position by just 6 cm, still more than 3 metres short of the mark he threw in the qualifying round. Nobody was able to improve in the next two rounds. As the final thrower in the fourth round, Yego twisted his left ankle during his fouled attempt. He limped to the bench and was wheelchair out of the stadium still in gold medal position. On his fifth attempt, Röhler threw it 90.30 m (296 ft 3 in), less than a foot short of the Olympic record, to move ahead of Yego. Nobody was able to improve their position in the final round and the gold medal was confirmed. After treatment, Yego limped back into the stadium to congratulate Röhler and celebrate his silver medal by limping around his victory lap.

The medals for the competition were presented by Richard Peterkin, St. Lucia, Member of the International Olympic Committee, and the gifts were presented by Antti Pihlakoski, IAAF Council Member.

Competition format

Each athlete received three throws in the qualifying round. The nine athletes who achieved the qualifying distance progressed to the final. A further three athletes who did not achieve the qualifying distance also advanced to the final. All twelve starters were allowed three throws in the final, with the top eight athletes after that point receiving three further attempts. 


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Jan Železný (CZE) 98.48 m Jena, Germany 25 May 1996
Olympic record  Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR) 90.57 m Beijing, China 23 August 2008
2016 World leading  Thomas Rohler (GER) 91.28 m Turku, Finland 29 June 2016
20 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: men's javelin final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Thomas Rohler bounced back from the back problems which left him down in fifth place at the European Championships last month and turned continental disappointment into a global gold with his fifth-round effort of 90.30m.

Competing for the first time since Amsterdam a month ago, there had been some questions asked about his appetite for the big championships despite his success in IAAF Diamond League events and other one-day meeetings, including throwing a world-leading 91.28m in June.

Rohler quickly dispelled all those doubts when he reached 87.40m in the first round to slot into second place behind Kenya’s world champion Julius Yego, who had thrown 88.24m in the previous round.

However, Yego was to injure himself with his second throw and that sadly ended his involvement in the competition. Yego passed his third attempt, had a half-hearted fourth-round throw and then retired before leaving the infield in a wheelchair.

This left Rohler, and the rest of the field, to play catch up.

The German rattled off throws of 85.61m, 87.07m and 84.84m before finally surpassing Yego in the fifth round with a throw that was just 27 centimetres shy of the Olympic record set by Norway's Andreas Thorkildsen in 2008 and the second-best throw in Olympic history.

With the last throw of the competition, with Yego getting treatment, Rohler had a valedictory foul, knowing that the gold medal was his.

“I think after this year and after last year, we all knew that it's going to be a competition on a really high level," said Rohler.

"It's just awesome. I'm super happy," he added. "My family is super proud. Everybody is cheering at home. Everybody is awake. I mean, it's three at night (0300) in Germany. Hopefully, they're very awake now and just cheering for me. I'm super proud and they're super proud and I'm just happy for the whole of track and field in Germany."

Behind the leading pair, 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott had to settle for the bronze medal in the defence of his title, winning a battle with Germany’s Johannes Vetter for the last place on the podium.

Vetter opened with 85.32m for third place at the end of the first round but was overtaken in the second round when Walcott threw six centimetres farther. Neither man could improve after that point, so Walcott took his second Olympic medal, and at only 23 years of age. 

Behind them, Ukraine’s Dmytro Kosynskyy improved his PB to 83.95m to finish fifth. Finland's 2014 European champion Antti Ruuskanen was also beyond 83 metres, finishing sixth with 83.05m.

Phil Minshull for the IAAF

Javelin Men     Final 20 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 90.30     Thomas Röhler   GER 30 Sep 91    
2 88.24     Julius Yego   KEN 4 Jan 89   SB
3 85.38     Keshorn Walcott   TTO 2 Apr 93    
4 85.32     Johannes Vetter   GER 26 Mar 93    
5 83.95     Dmytro Kosynskyy   UKR 31 Mar 89   PB
6 83.05     Antti Ruuskanen   FIN 21 Feb 84    
7 82.51     Vítězslav Veselý   CZE 27 Feb 83    
8 82.42     Jakub Vadlejch   CZE 10 Oct 90    
9 81.36     Julian Weber   GER 29 Aug 94    
10 79.81     Braian Toledo   ARG 8 Sep 93    
11 79.47     Ryohei Arai   JPN 23 Jun 91    
12 79.12     Petr Frydrych   CZE 13 Jan 88    
17 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: men's javelin qualifying – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Keshorn Walcott is ready to put up a determined defence of his Olympic title in Saturday’s final judging from the 88.68m he threw to lead the qualifying competition.

In 2012, the Trinidad and Tobago thrower produced one of the surprises of the Games when he took the gold medal while still an U20 athlete, albeit a very talented one having won the world U20 title just a few weeks before and becoming the youngest ever men’s javelin medallist in the history of the Olympics.

Since then, he has become an experienced international and won the Pan American title last year as well as throwing an area record of 90.16m at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne just over 12 months ago.

Nevertheless, his first-round throw on Wednesday night, in hot and still conditions which actually gave little help to the throwers and with temperatures hovering at about 30C, was the second best of his short career and the second best distance in an Olympic qualifying event.

Johannes Vetter, making it three Germans in the final on Saturday night after two of his compatriots qualified in the earlier pool, also came out with all guns blazing and threw 85.96m in the first round while Japan’s Ryohei Arai, opening the throwing in the second pool, reached 84.16m.

With their third throws, Czech Republic’s Petr Frydrych and Kenya’s world champion Julius Yego also qualified, the latter slightly flirting with disaster after a modest first-round throw of just over 78 metres and then a foul.

Anxious times for Ruuskanen and Vesely

From this group, Yego’s predecessor and 2013 world champion Vitezslav Vesely went through as a non-automatic qualifier after reaching 82.85m with his final throw to make it a full complement of Czech throwers in the final. It prompted wry grins and some relieved smiles from the thrower and his coach, javelin legend Jan Zelezny, who was sitting in the stands close by the competition, after the group was concluded.

Finland’s 2014 European champion Antti Ruuskanen also made it through the back door as a non-automatic qualifier with 82.20m but there was no place in the final for Latvia’s newly-minted European champion Zigismunds Sirmais, who could only reach 80.65m  

Julian Weber made it a short evening’s work when he sent his implement out to 84.46m, well over the automatic qualifying mark of 83.00m and that distance stood up as the best in the earlier group A.

Behind the German, another three men eventually exceeded 83 metres but all took three attempts to do it.

Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch threw 83.27m, Ukraine’s Dymtro Kosynskyy surprised when he reached a season’s best of reached 83.23m while world leader Thomas Rohler, the only man over 90 metres this year, showed some signs of discomfort after his recent back problems which reduced him to fifth at the European Championships last month but still threw 83.10m.

Finland’s 2007 world champion Tero Pitkamaki, who was also a bronze medallist at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, could do no better than 79.56m with his three throws in group A and after finishing 10th in this pool he was quickly eliminated after a few throws in group B.

However, his result was not a complete surprise as he picked up a groin injury in March, was operated on in May and had to delay his start to season until mid-June

Phil Minshull for the IAAF

Javelin Men     Qualification 17 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 88.68   Q Keshorn Walcott   TTO 2 Apr 93 B 1 SB
2 85.96   Q Johannes Vetter   GER 26 Mar 93 B 2  
3 84.46   Q Julian Weber   GER 29 Aug 94 A 1  
4 84.16   Q Ryohei Arai   JPN 23 Jun 91 B 3  
5 83.60   Q Petr Frydrych   CZE 13 Jan 88 B 4 SB
6 83.55   Q Julius Yego   KEN 4 Jan 89 B 5  
7 83.27   Q Jakub Vadlejch   CZE 10 Oct 90 A 2  
8 83.23   Q Dmytro Kosynskyy   UKR 31 Mar 89 A 3 SB
9 83.01   Q Thomas Röhler   GER 30 Sep 91 A 4  
10 82.85   q Vítězslav Veselý   CZE 27 Feb 83 B 6  
11 82.20   q Antti Ruuskanen   FIN 21 Feb 84 B 7  
12 81.96   q Braian Toledo   ARG 8 Sep 93 A 5 SB
13 80.84     Joshua Robinson   AUS 4 Oct 85 A 6  
14 80.65     Zigismunds Sirmais   LAT 6 May 92 B 8  
15 80.62     Marcin Krukowski   POL 14 Jun 92 A 7  
16 80.49     Kim Amb   SWE 31 Jul 90 A 8  
17 80.49     Júlio César de Oliveira   BRA 4 Feb 86 B 9  
18 80.45     Tanel Laanmäe   EST 29 Sep 89 B 10  
19 80.39     John Ampomah   GHA 11 Jul 90 B 11  
20 79.76     Cyrus Hostetler   USA 8 Aug 86 A 9  
21 79.56     Tero Pitkämäki   FIN 19 Dec 82 A 10  
22 79.40     Risto Mätas   EST 30 Apr 84 A 11  
23 79.33     Magnus Kirt   EST 10 Apr 90 A 12  
24 78.48     Rocco van Rooyen   RSA 23 Dec 92 A 13 SB
25 77.91     Hamish Peacock   AUS 15 Oct 90 B 12  
26 77.83     Ivan Zaytsev   UZB 7 Nov 88 B 13  
27 77.73     Rolands Štrobinders   LAT 14 Apr 92 A 14  
28 77.73     Ari Mannio   FIN 23 Jul 87 B 14  
29 77.32     Stuart Farquhar   NZL 15 Mar 82 A 15  
31 76.52     Łukasz Grzeszczuk   POL 3 Mar 90 B 15  
32 76.04     Leslie Copeland   FIJ 23 Apr 88 A 17  
33 74.33     Huang Shih-Feng   TPE 2 Mar 92 B 16  
34 73.78     Sam Crouser   USA 31 Dec 91 B 17  
35 72.61     Sean Furey   USA 31 Aug 82 B 18  
36 71.93     R.M.S.J. Ranasinghe   SRI 10 Feb 91 A 18  
  NM     Bobur Shokirjonov   UZB 5 Dec 90 A  

 Quick Result View

Qualifying round A

Qualification rule: qualification standard 83.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

3 A Julian Weber  Germany 84.46     84.46 Q
7 A Jakub Vadlejch  Czech Republic 78.23 80.90 83.27 83.27 Q
8 A Dmytro Kosynskyy  Ukraine 80.08 76.79 83.23 83.23 Q
9 A Thomas Röhler  Germany 79.47 81.61 83.01 83.01 Q
12 A Braian Toledo  Argentina 78.99 81.96 80.36 81.96 q
13 A Joshua Robinson  Australia 78.87 80.84 76.78 80.84  
15 A Marcin Krukowski  Poland x 78.06 80.62 80.62  
17 A Kim Amb  Sweden 77.91 78.75 80.49 80.49  
20 A Cyrus Hostetler  United States 76.48 78.69 79.76 79.76  
21 A Tero Pitkämäki  Finland 77.91 78.58 79.56 79.56  
22 A Risto Mätas  Estonia 76.23 79.26 79.40 79.40  
23 A Magnus Kirt  Estonia x 77.60 79.33 79.33  
24 A Rocco van Rooyen  South Africa x 71.05 78.48 78.48 SB
28 A Rolands Štrobinders  Latvia 76.76 x 77.73 77.73  
29 A Stuart Farquhar  New Zealand 74.24 77.32 74.38 77.32  
30 A Ahmed Bader Magour  Qatar x 77.19 x 77.19  
32 A Leslie Copeland  Fiji 76.04 75.68 x 76.04  
36 A RM Sumeda Ranasinghe  Sri Lanka 69.62 71.93 x 71.93  
A Bobur Shokirjonov  Uzbekistan x x x NM

Qualifying round B

Qualification rule: qualification standard 83.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

1 B Keshorn Walcott  Trinidad and Tobago 88.68     88.68 Q
2 B Johannes Vetter  Germany 85.96     85.96 Q
4 B Ryohei Arai  Japan 84.16     84.16 Q
5 B Petr Frydrych  Czech Republic 78.57 80.17 83.60 83.60 Q
6 B Julius Yego  Kenya 78.88 x 83.55 83.55 Q
10 B Vítězslav Veselý  Czech Republic 81.32 81.32 82.85 82.85 q
11 B Antti Ruuskanen  Finland 82.20 x x 82.20 q
14 B Zigismunds Sirmais  Latvia 76.87 80.65 75.95 80.65  
16 B Júlio César de Oliveira  Brazil 79.33 80.49 80.29 80.49  
18 B Tanel Laanmäe  Estonia 80.45 78.78 79.24 80.45  
19 B John Ampomah  Ghana 79.09 80.39 78.90 80.39  
25 B Hamish Peacock  Australia 77.91 76.22 76.40 77.91  
26 B Ivan Zaytsev  Uzbekistan 73.49 72.92 77.83 77.83  
27 B Ari Mannio  Finland 77.14 76.77 77.73 77.73  
31 B Łukasz Grzeszczuk  Poland 76.31 76.52 76.14 76.52  
33 B Huang Shih-feng  Chinese Taipei 74.33 x x 74.33  
34 B Sam Crouser  United States 73.78 73.66 x 73.78  
35 B Sean Furey  United States 69.40 72.61 71.35 72.61  


1st place, gold medalist(s) Thomas Röhler  Germany 87.40 85.61 87.07 84.84 90.30 x 90.30  
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Julius Yego  Kenya 88.24 x x r* 88.24 SB
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Keshorn Walcott  Trinidad and Tobago 83.45 85.38 83.38 80.33 x x 85.38  
4 Johannes Vetter  Germany 85.32 x 82.54 x 83.61 81.74 85.32  
5 Dmytro Kosynskyy  Ukraine 82.51 83.95 83.64 81.61 81.21 x 83.95 PB
6 Antti Ruuskanen  Finland x 77.81 83.05 x x 80.00 83.05  
7 Vítězslav Veselý  Czech Republic 78.20 82.51 x x x 78.63 82.51  
8 Jakub Vadlejch  Czech Republic 80.02 82.42 81.59 80.32 x x 82.42  
9 Julian Weber  Germany 80.29 80.13 81.36 Did not advance 81.36  
10 Braian Toledo  Argentina 77.89 79.51 79.81 Did not advance 79.81  
11 Ryohei Arai  Japan 77.98 79.47 72.49 Did not advance 79.47  
12 Petr Frydrych  Czech Republic 76.15 76.79 79.12 Did not advance 79.12  
* – Julius Yego retired from the competition after his fourth throw due to an ankle injury.


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