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Athletics at the 1906 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Panathenaic Stadium, Athina
Date Started: April 26, 1906
Date Finished: April 26, 1906
Format: Final only.

Gold: SWE Eric Lemming
Silver: SWE Knut Lindberg
Bronze: SWE Bruno Söderström


This was the first international javelin event, and the Scandinavian countries wasted no time in establishing their dominance of the event, taking the first four places. [Eric Lemming] won by a laughable margin, setting a new world record with 53.90 metres, surpassing the mark of 53.79 which he had set in Stockholm on 31 May 1903. He would repeat this championship at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. Overall, Lemming would eventually win six Olympic medals, four in javelin events (1906 [1], 1908 [1], 1908 freestyle [1], 1912 [1]), and in the 1906 shot put and pentathlon. Lemming competed in the era before the IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation) began to officially ratify world records, but he is credited with 13 or 14 world records, and his mark of 62.32 set at the 1912 Olympics was the first world javelin record officially ratified by the IAAF.

In the very narrow Panathenaic stadium, with long straightaways and sharp turns, there was very little room to throw the javelin. The athletes had difficulty keeping their throws on the field and not have them land on the track. Fortunately no running events were conducted at the same time which would have put the runners at grave danger (is there any other kind?).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Eric Lemming 26 Sweden SWE Gold 53.900 WR
2 Knut Lindberg 24 Sweden SWE Silver 45.170
3 Bruno Söderström 24 Sweden SWE Bronze 44.920
4 Hjalmar Mellander 25 Sweden SWE 44.300
5 Verner Järvinen 36 Finland FIN 44.250
6 Heikki Åhlman 26 Finland FIN 44.000
7 Arne Halse 18 Norway NOR 43.600
8 Conrad Carlsrud 22 Norway NOR
9 Uno Häggman 23 Finland FIN 43.250
10 František Souček Bohemia BOH 39.000
11 Pál Vargha Hungary HUN 38.750
AC Carl Kaltenbach 23 Germany GER
AC Paul Weinstein 28 Germany GER
AC Vasilios Papageorgiou Greece GRE
AC Andreas Tsolias Greece GRE
AC E. Parousis Greece GRE
AC Stavros Antoniadis Greece GRE
AC Epaminonas Anezakis Crete CRT
AC Mihály Dávid 19 Hungary HUN
AC István Mudin 24 Hungary HUN
AC György Luntzer 19 Hungary HUN
AC Gyula Strausz 26 Hungary HUN