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Egil Danielsen

Full name: Egil Danielsen
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 194 lbs (88 kg)
Born: November 9, 1933 in Hamar, Hedmark, Norway
Affiliations: Hamar IL, Hamar (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

In the 1950s, the javelin throw saw rapid development due to new, more aerodynamic javelin designs, pioneered by American brothers [Bud] and Dick Held. Egil Danielsen of Norway still used an old-model wooden javelin in the 1956 Olympic final and after three throws performed poorly, standing only sixth. Seeing his friend in trouble, [Janusz Sidło] of Poland, who led comfortably with a throw of 79.98 after three rounds, lent Danielsen his new model javelin for the fourth round, and with it, Danielsen threw a world record 85.71, a mark he never bettered, to win the gold medal, dropping his friend Sidło back to a silver medal. For his Olympic victory and world record Danielsen was selected as the Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year in 1956. Besides his Olympic gold, he won silver at the 1958 European Championships behind Sidło and also competed at the 1954 Europeans, finishing 10th, and at the 1960 Olympics, where he did not advance from qualifying. He was also the Norwegian javelin champion from 1953-57. Danielsen retired from sports after 1960 Olympics and focused on his work at the Hamar fire brigade. In the 2000s he was also a minor political candidate for the Norwegian Pensioner Party.

Personal Best: JT – 85.71 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Norway NOR 1 Gold WR
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Norway NOR 17 QR

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Final Round 1 WR 85.71
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Final Round Round One 4 72.60
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Final Round Round Two 6 68.49 72.60
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Final Round Round Three 6 70.75 72.60
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Final Round Round Four 1 WR 85.71 85.71
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Final Round Round Five 1 72.60 85.71
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Final Round Round Six NP 68.86
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Qualifying Round 2 QU 74.15
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Qualifying Round Round One 1 74.15
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Qualifying Round Round Two 2 pass 74.15
1956 Summer 23 Melbourne Athletics Norway Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Norway Qualifying Round 17 72.93
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Norway Qualifying Round Group A 8 72.93
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Norway Qualifying Round Group A Round One 6 69.26
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Norway Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 9 72.66 72.66
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Norway Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP 72.93
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