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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012

Gold: TTO Keshorn Walcott
Silver: UKR Oleksandr P'iatnytsia
Bronze: FIN Antti Ruuskanen

Summary

Prior to 2012 it was not even certain if there were any javelin throwers in Trinidad & Tobago. It was simply not an event at which that nation had produced any major throwers. But earlier in the year 19-year-old Keshorn Walcott had won the Central American & Caribbean Championships, throwing a world-class 82.83. Two weeks later he surprised again by winning the 2012 World Junior title. Prior to 2012, his PR had been only 75.77.

But he was not considered one of the medal favorites in London, and as Bob Hersh wrote in Track & Field News, "Nor should he have been." The qualifying was led by the favorite, Czech Vítězslav Veselý, with the two-time defending champion, Norwegian Andreas Thorkildsen, qualifying comfortably, along with former World Champion Tero Pitkämäki of Finland.

In the final Walcott opened with 83.51 which led after the first round, nobody else surpassing 80 metres. He improved that in round two with 84.58 to continue in the lead, although Pitkämäki moved into second with 82.68 and Thorkildsen moved into third with 82.63, as Veselý struggled back in fifth with 81.69. The third round saw another surprise as Ukrainian Oleksandr P'iatnytsia moved into second with 84.51. And that settled the gold and silver medals, as nobody would surpass Walcott nor P'iatnytsia's marks. In the final rounds, Finn Antti Ruuskanen threw 84.12 to move onto the podium for bronze. Veselý improved in his final round with 83.34 but it was only good enough for fourth. Thorkildsen saw his attempt to three-peat fail as he finished sixth.

Walcott became only the second Olympic champion from Trinidad & Tobago, after Hasely Crawford, who won the 1976 100 metres. He also became the first person to win an Olympic and World Junior title in the same year in athletics. His victory was also only the second time that the javelin was not won by a European, after Cy Young (USA) had won in 1952. It did not go unrewarded. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced a national holiday in Trinidad & Tobago. He was given £100,000, a luxury home, 20,000 acres of land, and best of all, a lighthouse.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Keshorn Walcott 19 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Gold
2 Oleksandr P'iatnytsia 27 Ukraine UKR Silver
3 Antti Ruuskanen 28 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Vitězslav Veselý 29 Czech Republic CZE
5 Tero Pitkämäki 29 Finland FIN
6 Andreas Thorkildsen 30 Norway NOR
7 Spyros Lempesis 25 Greece GRE
8 Tino Häber 29 Germany GER
9 Stuart Farquhar 30 New Zealand NZL
10 Roderick Genki Dean 20 Japan JPN
11 Ari Mannio 25 Finland FIN
12 Julius Yego 23 Kenya KEN
13 r1/2 Leslie Copeland 24 Fiji FIJ
14 r1/2 Roman Avramenko 24 Ukraine UKR
15 r1/2 Vladimir Kozlov 27 Belarus BLR
16 r1/2 Guillermo Martínez 31 Cuba CUB
17 r1/2 Ainārs Kovals 30 Latvia LAT
18 r1/2 Kim Amb 21 Sweden SWE
19 r1/2 Igor Janik 29 Poland POL
20 r1/2 Fatih Avan 23 Turkey TUR
21 r1/2 Risto Mätas 28 Estonia EST
22 r1/2 Curtis Moss 25 Canada CAN
23 r1/2 Craig Kinsley 23 United States USA
24 r1/2 Yukifumi Murakami 32 Japan JPN
25 r1/2 Jakub Vadlejch 21 Czech Republic CZE
26 r1/2 Dayron Márquez 29 Colombia COL
27 r1/2 Jarrod Bannister 27 Australia AUS
28 r1/2 Paweł Rakoczy 25 Poland POL
29 r1/2 Ihab Abdelrahman El-Sayed 23 Egypt EGY
30 r1/2 Braian Toledo 18 Argentina ARG
31 r1/2 Jeong Sang-Jin 28 South Korea KOR
32 r1/2 Cyrus Hostetler 25 United States USA
33 r1/2 Ilya Korotkov 28 Russia RUS
34 r1/2 Petr Frydrych 24 Czech Republic CZE
35 r1/2 Mervyn Luckwell 27 Great Britain GBR
36 r1/2 Ivan Zaytsev 23 Uzbekistan UZB
37 r1/2 Sean Furey 29 United States USA
38 r1/2 Vadims Vasiļevskis 30 Latvia LAT
39 r1/2 Melik Janoyan 27 Armenia ARM
40 r1/2 Matija Kranjc 28 Slovenia SLO
41 r1/2 Qin Qiang 29 China CHN
42 r1/2 Bartosz Osewski 21 Poland POL
AC Matthias de Zordo 24 Germany GER NM
AC Zigismunds Sirmais 20 Latvia LAT NM