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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008

Gold: NOR Andreas Thorkildsen
Silver: LAT Ainārs Kovals
Bronze: FIN Tero Pitkämäki

Summary

The favorite was Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen, the defending Olympic and European Champion. In the technically difficult event he had been consistent over the past few years, winning silver at 2005 and 2007 World Championships. Thorkildsen led after round one with 84.72 (277-11), and produced the longest throw in each of the first three rounds, improving to 85.91 (281-10) and then 87.93 (286-10). The third-round mark would be enough to secure the gold medal, although he improved again in round five with the best mark of the competition, 90.57 (297-1). The battle for the other medals came down to two Finns, Tero Pitämäki and Tero Järvenpää and Latvian Ainārs Kovals. Järvenpää and Pitämäki were 2-3 thru the first three rounds, but Pitämäki moved ahead with a fourth-round throw of 85.83 (281-7). In the final round, Kovals threw a personal best of 86.64 (284-3) to take the silver medal and knock Järvenpää off the podium.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andreas Thorkildsen 26 Norway NOR Gold
2 Ainārs Kovals 26 Latvia LAT Silver
3 Tero Pitkämäki 25 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Tero Järvenpää 23 Finland FIN
5 Teemu Wirkkala 24 Finland FIN
6 Jarrod Bannister 23 Australia AUS
7 Ilya Korotkov 24 Russia RUS
8 Vladimir Kozlov 23 Belarus BLR
9 Vadims Vasiļevskis 26 Latvia LAT
10 Scott Russell 29 Canada CAN
11 Magnus Arvidsson 25 Sweden SWE
12 Vitězslav Veselý 25 Czech Republic CZE
13 QR Ēriks Rags 33 Latvia LAT
14 QR Aleksandr Ivanov 26 Russia RUS
15 QR Yukifumi Murakami 28 Japan JPN
16 QR Igor Janik 25 Poland POL
17 QR Park Jae-Myeong 26 South Korea KOR
18 QR Leigh Smith 26 United States USA
19 QR John Oosthuizen 21 South Africa RSA
20 QR Stuart Farquhar 26 New Zealand NZL
21 QR Mihkel Kukk 24 Estonia EST
22 QR Breaux Greer 31 United States USA
23 QR Chen Qi 26 China CHN
24 QR Ignacio Guerra 20 Chile CHI
25 QR Mike Hazle 29 United States USA
26 QR Sergey Makarov 35 Russia RUS
27 QR Giannis Smalios 21 Greece GRE
28 QR Anier Boué 24 Cuba CUB
29 QR Roman Avramenko 20 Ukraine UKR
30 QR Víctor Fatecha 20 Paraguay PAR
31 QR Matija Kranjc 24 Slovenia SLO
32 QR Stephan Steding 26 Germany GER
33 QR Babur Shakirdzhanov 17 Uzbekistan UZB
34 QR Pablo Pietrobelli 28 Argentina ARG
35 QR Alexander Vieweg 22 Germany GER
36 QR Kolyo Neshev 26 Bulgaria BUL
37 QR Melik Janoyan 23 Armenia ARM
AC QR Csongor Olteán 24 Hungary HUN