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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 2, 1972
Date Finished: September 3, 1972

Gold: FRG Klaus Wolfermann
Silver: URS Jānis Lūsis
Bronze: USA Bill Schmidt

Summary

Defending champion Jānis Lūsis was again heavily favored, having won the last four European Championships. Nobody had approached him all year, and he had broken the world record in July. Lūsis led off with 88.88 (291-7¼) in round one to take the lead and held it until round five, with an improvement to 89.54 (293-9¼) in the third round. But in round five, the relatively unheralded German, Klaus Wolfermann threw 90.48 (296-10¼) to take the top spot. In the final round, Lūsis made a supreme effort to hold onto to his title, but came up two centimeters short – 90.46 (296-9½). This did give him a complete set of medals in the javelin, having won bronze in 1964.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Klaus Wolfermann 26 West Germany FRG Gold OR
2 Jānis Lūsis 33 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Bill Schmidt 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Hannu Siitonen 23 Finland FIN
5 Bjørn Grimnes 21 Norway NOR
6 Jorma Kinnunen 30 Finland FIN
7 Miklós Németh 25 Hungary HUN
8 Fred Luke 25 United States USA
9 Manfred Stolle 35 East Germany GDR
10 Milt Sonsky 31 United States USA
11 Lolésio Tuita 29 France FRA
12 József Csík 26 Hungary HUN
13 QR Rick Dowswell 21 Canada CAN
14 QR Gergely Kulcsár 38 Hungary HUN
15 QR Urs von Wartburg 35 Switzerland SUI
16 QR André Claude 23 Canada CAN
17 QR Dave Travis 26 Great Britain GBR
18 QR Günter Glasauer 24 West Germany FRG
19 QR Jacques Aye Abehi Cote d'Ivoire CIV
20 QR Renzo Cramerotti 24 Italy ITA
21 QR Don Vélez 24 Nicaragua NCA
22 QR Abdul Atif Al-Qahtani 26 Saudi Arabia KSA
AC QR Leo Pusa 25 Finland FIN