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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 26, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004

Gold: NOR Andreas Thorkildsen
Silver: LAT Vadims Vasiļevskis
Bronze: RUS Sergey Makarov

Summary

American Breaux Greer led the qualifying with 87.25 (286-3) but injured his always sensitive knee in the process and would finish last in the final. The favorites were Ján Železný and Steve Backley again, along with Russian Sergey Makarov, the 2003 World Champion. Železný and Backley had had great careers but were now past their prime, Železný finishing ninth and Backley fourth, never in the medals. Makarov also did not have his best day, only able to get the bronze medal. In round two, Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen took the lead with 86.50 (283-9½) and that would be good enough for the gold medal. Nobody else could get over 85 metres. He had no major international credentials, although in 2001 he had set the world junior record with 83.87 (275-2). Track & Field News quoted Thorkildsen as saying, “If you had said the words ‘Olympic champion’ to me yesterday, I wouldn’t have believed you. But now it sounds great.”

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andreas Thorkildsen 22 Norway NOR Gold
2 Vadims Vasiļevskis 22 Latvia LAT Silver
3 Sergey Makarov 31 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Steve Backley 35 Great Britain GBR
5 Aleksandr Ivanov 22 Russia RUS
6 Andrus Värnik 26 Estonia EST
7 Ēriks Rags 29 Latvia LAT
8 Tero Pitkämäki 21 Finland FIN
9 Jan Železný 38 Czech Republic CZE
10 Matti Närhi 28 Finland FIN
11 Esko Mikkola 29 Finland FIN
12 Breaux Greer 27 United States USA
13 QR Isbel Luaces 29 Cuba CUB
14 QR Hardus Pienaar 23 South Africa RSA
15 QR Li Rongxiang 32 China CHN
16 QR Christian Nicolay 28 Germany GER
17 QR Voldemārs Lūsis 29 Latvia LAT
18 QR Yukifumi Murakami 24 Japan JPN
19 QR Oliver Dziubak 22 Australia AUS
20 QR Peter Esenwein 36 Germany GER
21 QR William Hamlyn-Harris 26 Australia AUS
22 QR Peter Zupanc 22 Slovenia SLO
23 QR Miroslav Guzdek 29 Czech Republic CZE
24 QR Sergey Voynov 27 Uzbekistan UZB
25 QR Stuart Farquhar 22 New Zealand NZL
26 QR Gergely Horváth 29 Hungary HUN
27 QR Ronny Nilsen 33 Norway NOR
28 QR Nick Nieland 32 Great Britain GBR
29 QR Park Jae-Myeong 22 South Korea KOR
30 QR Manuel Fuenmayor 23 Venezuela VEN
31 QR David Brisseault 35 France FRA
32 QR Marián Bokor 27 Slovakia SVK
33 QR Edi Ponoš 28 Croatia CRO