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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 2, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996

Gold: CZE Jan Železný
Silver: GBR Steve Backley
Bronze: FIN Seppo Räty

Summary

In May, Ján Železný had broken the world record with 98.48 (323-1¼), still the world’s best thru 2008. He had won the 1993 and 1995 World Champion and was a heavy favorite. In the final, Britain’s Steve Backley, the two-time European Champion, opened with 87.44 (286-10½) to lead. Železný surpassed that in round two with 88.16 (289-3) and those were their best throws, settling the gold and silver medals. Finland’s Seppo Räty came in third with his final toss, winning his third consecutive Olympic medal, but he would never get gold.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jan Železný 30 Czech Republic CZE Gold
2 Steve Backley 27 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Seppo Räty 34 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Raymond Hecht 27 Germany GER
5 Boris Henry 22 Germany GER
6 Sergey Makarov 23 Russia RUS
7 Kimmo Kinnunen 28 Finland FIN
8 Tom Pukstys 28 United States USA
9 Peter Blank 34 Germany GER
10 Kostas Gatsioudis 22 Greece GRE
11 Zhang Lianbiao 27 China CHN
12 Mick Hill 31 Great Britain GBR
13 QR Pål Arne Fagernes 22 Norway NOR
14 QR Harri Hakkarainen 26 Finland FIN
15 QR Dave Stephens 34 United States USA
16 QR Vladimir Ovchinnikov 25 Russia RUS
17 QR Todd Riech 25 United States USA
18 QR Emeterio González 23 Cuba CUB
19 QR Dimitrios Polymerou 22 Greece GRE
20 QR Edgar Baumann 26 Paraguay PAR
21 QR Andrew Currey 25 Australia AUS
22 QR Andrey Moruyev 26 Russia RUS
23 QR Gavin Lovegrove 28 New Zealand NZL
24 QR Sergey Voynov 19 Uzbekistan UZB
25 QR Nick Nieland 24 Great Britain GBR
26 QR Dag Wennlund 32 Sweden SWE
27 QR Vladimir Parfyonov 26 Uzbekistan UZB
28 QR Isbel Luaces 21 Cuba CUB
29 QR Terry McHugh 32 Ireland IRL
30 QR Donald-Aik Sild 27 Estonia EST
31 QR Chu Gi-Yeong 19 South Korea KOR
32 QR Pius Bazighe 24 Nigeria NGR
33 QR Kirt Thompson 28 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
AC QR Vladimir Sasimovich 27 Belarus BLR