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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 6, 1912
Date Finished: July 6, 1912

Gold: SWE Eric Lemming
Silver: FIN Julius Saaristo
Bronze: HUN Mór Kóczán

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Eric Lemming 32 Sweden SWE Gold 60.64 OR
2 Julius Saaristo 20 Finland FIN Silver 58.66
3 Mór Kóczán 27 Hungary HUN Bronze 55.50
4 Juho Halme 23 Finland FIN 54.65
5 Väinö Siikaniemi 25 Finland FIN 52.43
6 Richard Åbrink 23 Sweden SWE 52.20
7 Arne Halse 24 Norway NOR 51.98
8 Jonni Myyrä 19 Finland FIN 51.33
9 Urho Peltonen 19 Finland FIN 49.20
10 Otto Nilsson 32 Sweden SWE 49.18
11 Hilding Sonne 22 Sweden SWE 47.85
12 Daniel Johansen 27 Norway NOR 47.61
13 Svante Olsson 18 Sweden SWE 46.94
14 William Krigsman 25 Sweden SWE 46.71
15 Janne Dahl 29 Sweden SWE 45.67
16 Arvid Ohrling 35 Sweden SWE 45.32
17 Nikolay Neklepayev Russia RUS 44.98
18 Emil Kukko 23 Finland FIN 44.66
19 Josef Waitzer 28 Germany GER 43.71
20 Nikolajs Švedrēvics 21 Russia RUS 43.21
21 Algot Larsson 22 Sweden SWE 43.18
22 Karl von Halt 20 Germany GER 41.99
23 Paul Willführ 26 Germany GER 41.05
AC Gustav Krojer 26 Austria AUT NM
AC Eskil Falk 23 Sweden SWE NM