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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: July 31, 1932
Date Finished: July 31, 1932
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Babe Didrikson
Silver: GER Ellen Braumüller
Bronze: GER Tilly Fleischer


The Germans were the early leaders in this event with Liesel Schumann winning the 1930 FSFI Women’s World Games, and [Ellen Braumüller] setting three world records from 1930-32. In June 1932, American [Nan Gindele] broke the world record, throwing 46.745 (153-4) at the Central AAU Championships. But she was not considered the best American, that role falling to [Babe Didrikson] who had won the AAU title in 1930 and 1932, and also the baseball throw consecutively from 1930-32, with her 1931 winning mark of 296-0 (90.22) still considered the women’s world record in that now rarely contested event. Didrikson was considered the greatest female athlete in the world, and she would dominate the 1932 Olympics athletics, winning two gold and one silver medal. Her first event was the javelin and she came thru to win with her first round throw of 43.68 (143-3¾). Braumüller was a close second with her teammates, [Tilly Fleischer] winning bronze. Gindele was a non-competitive fifth.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Babe Didrikson 21 United States USA Gold 43.69 OR
2 Ellen Braumüller 21 Germany GER Silver 43.50
3 Tilly Fleischer 20 Germany GER Bronze 43.01
4 Masako Shinpo 19 Japan JPN 39.08
5 Nan Gindele 21 United States USA 37.95
6 Gloria Russell 20 United States USA 36.74
7 María Uribe 24 Mexico MEX 33.66
8 Mitsue Ishizu 18 Japan JPN 30.81