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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 22, 2000
Date Finished: September 23, 2000

Gold: CZE Jan Železný
Silver: GBR Steve Backley
Bronze: RUS Sergey Makarov

Summary

The gold and silver medalists from Atlanta, Ján Železný and Steve Backley, were the favorites. Backley had won the last three European Championships, while Železný was, well, … Železný, considered the greatest javelin thrower ever. The Czech led the qualifiers with 89.39 (293-3¼). In the final he opened with 89.41 (293-4¼) to lead round one. Backley went ahead in the second round with 89.85 (294-9½) but Železný clinched the gold medal in the third round with 90.17 (295-10). Backley threw poorly after his best throw, fouling three times, and hitting only 80.99 (265-8¾) in the fourth round. It was Železný’s third consecutive gold medal, and fourth consecutive medal, in the event.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jan Železný 34 Czech Republic CZE Gold OR
2 Steve Backley 31 Great Britain GBR Silver OR
3 Sergey Makarov 27 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Raymond Hecht 31 Germany GER
5 Aki Parviainen 25 Finland FIN
6 Kostas Gatsioudis 26 Greece GRE
7 Boris Henry 26 Germany GER
8 Emeterio González 27 Cuba CUB
9 Pål Arne Fagernes 26 Norway NOR
10 Dariusz Trafas 28 Poland POL
11 Mick Hill 35 Great Britain GBR
12 Breaux Greer 23 United States USA
13 QR Nick Nieland 28 Great Britain GBR
14 QR Vladimir Ovchinnikov 30 Russia RUS
15 QR Andrus Värnik 22 Estonia EST
16 QR Andrew Martin 20 Australia AUS
17 QR Gregor Högler 28 Austria AUT
18 QR Voldemārs Lūsis 25 Latvia LAT
19 QR Harri Haatainen 22 Finland FIN
20 QR Terry McHugh 37 Ireland IRL
21 QR Adrian Hatcher 30 Australia AUS
22 QR Andrew Currey 29 Australia AUS
23 QR Patrik Bodén 33 Sweden SWE
24 QR Vladimir Sasimovich 31 Belarus BLR
25 QR Sergey Voynov 23 Uzbekistan UZB
26 QR Ēriks Rags 25 Latvia LAT
27 QR Marián Bokor 23 Slovakia SVK
28 QR Isbel Luaces 25 Cuba CUB
29 QR Arūnas Jurkšas 28 Lithuania LTU
30 QR Jagdish Bishnoi 28 India IND
31 QR Song Dong-Hyeon 18 South Korea KOR
32 QR Maher Ridane 28 Tunisia TUN
33 QR Nery Kennedy 27 Paraguay PAR
34 QR Ali Saleh Al-Jadani 23 Saudi Arabia KSA
35 QR Dmitry Shnayder 24 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
AC QR Harri Hakkarainen 30 Finland FIN