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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 25, 1976
Date Finished: July 26, 1976

Gold: HUN Miklós Németh
Silver: FIN Hannu Siitonen
Bronze: ROU Gheorghe Megelea

Summary

The two leading Finns, Hannu Siitonen (1974 European Champion) and Seppo Hovinen, were favored. Hungary’s Miklós Németh had been world ranked since 1967 but had never won a medal at a major international event. He led the qualifying with 89.76 (294-6). Then in the final, he opened with a world record of 94.58 (310-3¾) and was never challenged. Siitonen won the silver medal while Hovinen was back in 7th place, one spot ahead of Soviet legend Jānis Lūsis. Németh’s father, Imre Németh, also won a gold medal, in the 1948 hammer throw.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Miklós Németh 29 Hungary HUN Gold WR
2 Hannu Siitonen 27 Finland FIN Silver
3 Gheorghe Megelea 22 Romania ROU Bronze
4 Piotr Bielczyk 24 Poland POL
5 Sam Colson 25 United States USA
6 Vasyl Yershov 26 Soviet Union URS
7 Seppo Hovinen 25 Finland FIN
8 Jānis Lūsis 37 Soviet Union URS
9 Michael Wessing 23 West Germany FRG
10 Terje Thorslund 31 Norway NOR
11 Phil Olsen 19 Canada CAN
12 Amado Morales 28 Puerto Rico PUR
13 Bjørn Grimnes 25 Norway NOR
14 Valentin Dzhonev 24 Bulgaria BUL
15 Anthony Hall 26 United States USA
6 QR Jorma Jaakola 26 Finland FIN
17 QR Jacques Aye Abehi Cote d'Ivoire CIV
18 QR Richard George 23 United States USA
19 QR Sándor Boros 27 Hungary HUN
20 QR Ferenc Paragi 22 Hungary HUN
21 QR Óskar Jakobsson 21 Iceland ISL
22 QR Ghassan Faddoul 20 Lebanon LIB
AC QR Urs von Wartburg 39 Switzerland SUI