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Athletics at the 1908 London Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw, Freestyle

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Date Started: July 15, 1908
Date Finished: July 15, 1908

Gold: SWE Eric Lemming
Silver: GRE Mikhail Dorizas
Bronze: NOR Arne Halse


This was only the second Olympic javelin event, as it first appeared on the Olympic program in 1906, when the title was won by [Eric Lemming] (SWE). The holder of the world record, who would set 11 world marks in his career, Lemming was the heavy favorite. He had set the current record at the 1908 Swedish championships on 7 June, recording 57.33 (188-1).

The three finalists failed to improve their qualifying marks and Lemming was a comfortable winner. Although the contestants were free to use any style they chose, the majority of the competitors used the orthodox center-grip technique. Hence, there was little difference between the two javelin competitions and the freestyle event was dropped from the Olympic program.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D(M) D(I)
1 Eric Lemming 28 Sweden SWE Gold 54.44 178-7½
2 Mikhail Dorizas 22 Greece GRE Silver 51.36 168-6
3 Arne Halse 20 Norway NOR Bronze 49.73 163-1¾
4 Kharalambos Zouras 23 Greece GRE 48.61 159-5¾
5 Hugo Wieslander 18 Sweden SWE 47.56 156-0
6 Armas Pesonen 23 Finland FIN 46.04 151-0½
7 Imre Mudin 20 Hungary HUN 45.96 150-9
8 Jalmari Sauli 18 Finland FIN 43.30 142-1
9 Juho Halme 19 Finland FIN 39.88 130-10
AC Henry Leeke 28 Great Britain GBR
AC Walter Henderson 27 Great Britain GBR
AC Ernest May 29 Great Britain GBR
AC Nikolaos Georgantas 28 Greece GRE
AC Conrad Carlsrud 24 Norway NOR
AC István Mudin 26 Hungary HUN
AC Alfred Flaxman 28 Great Britain GBR
AC Ned Barrett 30 Great Britain GBR
AC Johan Kemp 26 Finland FIN
AC Aarne Salovaara 21 Finland FIN
AC Evert Jakobsson 22 Finland FIN
AC Ferenc Jesina 20 Hungary HUN
AC György Luntzer 21 Hungary HUN
AC Bruno Söderström 26 Sweden SWE
AC Knut Lindberg 26 Sweden SWE
AC Otto Nilsson 28 Sweden SWE
AC František Souček Bohemia BOH
AC Jarl Jakobsson 27 Finland FIN
AC Verner Järvinen 38 Finland FIN
AC Ludwig Uettwiller 21 Germany GER
AC Emil Welz 29 Germany GER
AC Mór Kóczán 23 Hungary HUN
AC Emilio Brambilla 25 Italy ITA
AC John Johansen 25 Norway NOR