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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 15, 1968
Date Finished: October 16, 1968

Gold: URS Jānis Lūsis
Silver: FIN Jorma Kinnunen
Bronze: HUN Gergely Kulcsár

Summary

Jānis Lūsis was an overwhelming favorite in a usually difficult to predict event. He had won the 1962 and 1966 European Championships, was the world record holder, and had 15 of the best 16 marks in 1968. Finland’s Jorma Kinnunen led in round one with 86.30 (283-1¾), but Lūsis threw 86.34 (283-3¼) in round two to take over. In round four the 1964 silver medalist, Gergely Kulcsár (HUN) threw 87.06 (285-7¾) to take the lead. That held up until the final round. Lūsis opened that round with the gold medal winner, 90.10 (295-7¼), and Kinnunen also bettered Kulcsár with 88.58 (290-7½) to win the silver medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jānis Lūsis 29 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Jorma Kinnunen 26 Finland FIN Silver OR
3 Gergely Kulcsár 34 Hungary HUN Bronze OR
4 Władysław Nikiciuk 28 Poland POL
5 Manfred Stolle 31 East Germany GDR
6 Åke Nilsson 23 Sweden SWE
7 Janusz Sidło 35 Poland POL
8 Urs von Wartburg 31 Switzerland SUI
9 Mark Murro 19 United States USA
10 Walter Pektor 23 Austria AUT
11 Aurelio Janet 23 Cuba CUB
12 Hermann Salomon 30 West Germany FRG
13 QR Rolf Herings 28 West Germany FRG
14 QR Pauli Nevala 27 Finland FIN
15 QR Mart Paama 30 Soviet Union URS
16 QR Klaus Wolfermann 22 West Germany FRG
17 QR Miklós Németh 21 Hungary HUN
18 QR Dave Travis 23 Great Britain GBR
19 QR Lode Wyns 21 Belgium BEL
20 QR Gary Stenlund 28 United States USA
21 QR Frank Covelli 31 United States USA
22 QR Bill Heikkila 24 Canada CAN
23 QR Nashatar Singh Sidhu 29 Malaysia MAS
24 QR Rolf Hoppe 23 Chile CHI
25 QR Viliame Liga 36 Fiji FIJ
26 QR Don Vélez 20 Nicaragua NCA
27 QR Rolf Bühler 25 Switzerland SUI