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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 6, 1936
Date Finished: August 6, 1936

Gold: GER Gerhard Stöck
Silver: FIN Yrjö Nikkanen
Bronze: FIN Kalervo Toivonen


By 1936 [Matti Järvinen], the defending gold medalist, had set 10 consecutive world records. He had won the 1934 European Championship by almost seven metres and was an overwhelming favorite until a few weeks before the Olympics, when he injured his back. Hurting in Berlin he could throw only 69.18 (226-11¾) and would place fifth. His Finnish teammates, [Yrjö Nikkanen] and [Kalervo Toivonen], won the silver and bronze medals, but the gold went to German [Gerd Stöck] who triumphed with his fifth-round throw of 71.84. Stöck was also shot put bronze medalist in Berlin. In 1938, Nikkanen twice broke Järvinen’s world record but placed second to Järvinen at the 1938 European Championships.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gerhard Stöck 25 Germany GER Gold
2 Yrjö Nikkanen 21 Finland FIN Silver
3 Kalervo Toivonen 23 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Lennart Atterwall 25 Sweden SWE
5 Matti Järvinen 27 Finland FIN
6 Alton Terry 23 United States USA
7 Eugeniusz Lokajski 27 Poland POL
8 József Várszegi 25 Hungary HUN
9 Gottfried Weimann 28 Germany GER
10 Walter Turczyk 26 Poland POL
11 Gustav Sule 25 Estonia EST
12 Lee Bartlett 29 United States USA
13 Oto Jurģis 32 Latvia LAT
14 Jim Courtright 21 Canada CAN
15 Malcolm Metcalf 25 United States USA
16 Jaap van der Poll 22 Netherlands NED
17 Friedrich Gerdes 25 Germany GER
18 QR Ibrahim Okasha Egypt EGY
19 QR Konstantinos Metaxas 20 Greece GRE
20T QR Noboru Ueno 19 Japan JPN
20T QR Rudolf Markušić 25 Yugoslavia YUG
22T QR Napoleon Papageorgiou 28 Greece GRE
22T QR Kristján Vattnes 19 Iceland ISL
22T QR Josef Neumann 25 Switzerland SUI
22T QR Josef Klein 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
26T QR Hoh Chunde 27 China CHN
26T QR Pavol Mal'a 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
28 QR Elias Gutiérrez 25 Colombia COL