Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 6, 1912
Date Finished: July 6, 1912
Javelin throwing in 1912 was immensely popular in Scandanavia, and there was little doubt that an athlete from that region would win. Of the 24 competitors in this event, 17 were from Scandanavia (3 Germans, 2 Russians, 1 Austrian, 1 Hungarian), and 14 of the top 15 places went to Scandanavian athletes. The world record at the time of the Olympics was 61.45, set on 25 May 1912 by Finland’s Julius Saaristo. Saaristo was likely the co-favorite with the defending champion, Sweden’s Eric Lemming.
But Lemming dominated the event. He defeated Saaristo in both the qualifying and the final, winning by two metres. It was his fourth, and final, javelin gold medal at the Olympics. In 1906 he had won the event at Athens, while at London in 1908, he won both the conventional and freestyle javelin events.
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