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Miklós Németh

Full name: Miklós Németh
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: October 23, 1946 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Affiliations: TFSE, Budapest (HUN) / Vasas, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Son of Imre Németh; Brother-in-law of Mária Pap.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

The son of 1948 Olympic hammer throw champion [Imre Németh], Miklós Németh had a long athletics career, as he was on the Hungarian national team from 1965-81. Initially a high jumper, he switched to javelin in his teens after a serious injury. His career highlight came at the 1976 Olympics, where he won a gold medal with a world record of 94.58, thrown in the first round of the final. At the 1976 Olympics, Németh was not considered a favorite, although he had been ranked as the #1 javelin thrower in the world in 1975, because he had never before medaled at major international tournament. Besides his Olympic gold, he won javelin gold at the 1970 Universiade, and also competed at four European Championships (1966, 1971, 1974 and 1978), with a best finish of fifth in 1966. Németh was four times Hungarian champion (1973, 1980, 1981 and 1983) and was ranked as the #1 javelin thrower in the world three years in a row from 1975-77. In 1976 he was elected as the Hungarian Sportsman of the Year and from 1975-77 he was named as the Hungarian Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

After finishing his sporting career, Németh remained active in athletics field as a coach, organizer and inventor. From 1981-84, he was the throwing coach of the Italian national women’s team and coached such javelin stars as [Tessa Sanderson] and [Jan Železný]. From 1977-85, he was the main organizer of the Budapest Athletics Grand Prix and in 1991 was elected as vice-president of the Hungarian Athletics Federation. In 1986 Németh invented a training device called Body Roll. In 1987 he designed a new type of javelin, with a serrated tail, and Železný (89.66) and [Steve Backley] (90.98) set two world records with this model in 1990, but the IAAF banned it in 1991. The next year, Németh designed another new model javelin and Železný threw it 94.74 m, which was more than three metres better than the existing world record, but as the javelin was never ratified by the IAAF, the mark was not ratified. Németh continued to be the leading javelin designer of the world throughout 1990s and 2000s with his company, Németh Javelins. In 2000, Németh founded a company Németh & Partners, which supplied artificial turf for indoor sporting facilities.

Personal Best: JT – 94.58 (1976).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Hungary HUN 17 QR
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Hungary HUN 7
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Hungary HUN 1 Gold WR
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Men's Javelin Throw Hungary HUN 8

Men's Javelin Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 17 75.50
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B 4 75.50
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round One 4 74.56
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 4 74.82 74.82
1968 Summer 21 Ciudad de México Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP 75.50
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Final Round 7 81.98
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Final Round Round One 4 80.80
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Two 7 81.98 81.98
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Three 7 78.58 81.98
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Four 7 81.88 81.98
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Five 7 foul 81.98
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Six NP 81.40
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 4 QU 81.78
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B 2 81.78
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round One 8 70.90
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 2 81.78 81.78
1972 Summer 25 München Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group B Round Three NP pass
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Final Round 1 WR 94.58
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Final Round Round One 1 WR 94.58
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Two 1 pass 94.58
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Three 1 pass 94.58
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Four 1 83.32 94.58
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Five 1 84.76 94.58
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Six NP 86.84
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 2 QU 89.28
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group A 2 89.28
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group A Round One 2 89.28
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group A Round Two 2 pass 89.28
1976 Summer 29 Montréal Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Group A Round Three NP pass
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Final Round 8 82.40
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Final Round Round One 6 76.60
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Two 10 74.06 76.60
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Three 7 81.46 81.46
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Four 8 81.38 81.46
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Five 8 82.40 82.40
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Final Round Round Six NP 76.22
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round 4 QU 84.84
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round One 2 84.84
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round Two 3 pass 84.84
1980 Summer 33 Moskva Athletics Hungary Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
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