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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1932
Date Finished: August 4, 1932
Format: Final only.

Gold: FIN Matti Järvinen
Silver: FIN Matti Sippala
Bronze: FIN Eino Penttilä


Since 1930, [Matti Järvinen] had set six world records (five ratified) in the javelin and was a heavy favorite in Los Angeles. His first five throws were all over 70 metres, all good enough to win the gold medal, with his best of 72.71 (238-6¾) coming in the third round. Järvinen’s two brothers, [Kalle Järvinen] and [Akilles Järvinen] also competed in Los Angeles, Akilles getting silver in the decathlon and Kalle placing 12th in the shot put.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Matti Järvinen 23 Finland FIN Gold 72.71 OR
2 Matti Sippala 24 Finland FIN Silver 69.80
3 Eino Penttilä 25 Finland FIN Bronze 68.70
4 Gottfried Weimann 24 Germany GER 68.18
5 Lee Bartlett 25 United States USA 64.46
6 Ken Churchill 21 United States USA 63.24
7 Malcolm Metcalf 21 United States USA 61.89
8 Kosaku Sumiyoshi 24 Japan JPN 61.14
9 Olav Sunde 28 Norway NOR 60.81
10 Saburo Nagao 21 Japan JPN 59.83
11 Heitor Medina Brazil BRA 58.00
12 Adolfo Clouthier 23 Mexico MEX 46.38
13 Miguel Camberos 27 Mexico MEX 41.71