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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 26, 1980
Date Finished: July 27, 1980

Gold: URS Dainis Kūla
Silver: URS Aleksandr Makarov
Bronze: GDR Wolfgang Hanisch

Summary

The favorite was Hungary's Ferenc Paragi but he did not perform well, finishing 10th. East German Detlef Michel was also highly considered but did not even make the final. There were few other big names left in the final. The best Soviet thrower was the Latvian Dainis Kūla but in the final he opened with two fouls. On his third throw he got off a big toss, but it quite obviously landed flat and was a foul. However, the official waved the white flag, indicating a fair throw, and they measured it – at 88.88 (291-7¼) he was now in the lead. Writing in Track & Field News Jim Dunaway noted, "'Incompetent officiating' is the kind of explanation one can make. 'Cheating' is the word many people used. Judge for yourself." In the next round Kūla hit 91.20 (299-2½) which would win him the gold medal. His teammate, Aleksandr Makarov improved in the final round to 89.64 (294-1¼), which earned him silver. Dunaway concluded, "The competition should be voided by the IAAF and either held again at some future date, or removed from the Olympic records."

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dainis Kūla 21 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Aleksandr Makarov 29 Soviet Union URS Silver
3 Wolfgang Hanisch 29 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Heino Puuste 24 Soviet Union URS
5 Antero Puranen 27 Finland FIN
6 Pentti Sinersaari 23 Finland FIN
7 Detlef Fuhrmann 26 East Germany GDR
8 Miklós Németh 33 Hungary HUN
9 Aimo Aho 29 Finland FIN
10 Ferenc Paragi 26 Hungary HUN
11 Stefan Stoykov 29 Bulgaria BUL
12 Justin Arop 22 Uganda UGA
13 QR Detlef Michel 24 East Germany GDR
14 QR Dave Ottley 24 Great Britain GBR
15 QR Dariusz Adamus 23 Poland POL
16 QR Zakayo Malekwa 29 Tanzania TAN
17 QR Inoussa Dangou Benin BEN
18 QR Milkessa Chalchisa 31 Ethiopia ETH