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Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 31, 1948
Date Finished: July 31, 1948
Format: Final only.

Gold: AUT Herma Bauma
Silver: FIN Kaisa Parviainen
Bronze: DEN Lily Carlstedt-Kelsby


As with the other women's throwing events in London, the Soviet women were sorely missed. Judging by the year's best marks, they could have swept the medals, likely led by Klavdiya Mayuchaya. She had won the 1946 European title, and crossed the 50-metre-barrier in 1947 (although not recognized as a World Record). Fortunately, the best non-Soviet javelin thrower was in London, and she would win the event. Later in the season, [Herma Bauma] would break the World Record, although her 48.63 (159-6¾) was short of Mayuchaya's distances. Bauma had already competed in the 1936 Olympics, narrowly missing the bronze medal, but was the class of the field in 1948. As of 2012, her gold medal is still Austria's only Olympic title in track and field.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Herma Bauma 33 Austria AUT Gold 45.57 OR
2 Kaisa Parviainen 33 Finland FIN Silver 43.79
3 Lily Carlstedt-Kelsby 22 Denmark DEN Bronze 42.08
4 Dorothy Dodson 29 United States USA 41.96
5 Jo Teunissen-Waalboer 29 Netherlands NED 40.92
6 Ans Koning 25 Netherlands NED 40.33
7 Dana Ingrová-Zátopková 25 Czechoslovakia TCH 39.94
8 Elly Dammers 26 Netherlands NED 38.23
9 Gerda Schilling-Staniek 23 Austria AUT 38.01
10 Ingrid Almqvist 20 Sweden SWE 37.26
11 Melania Sinoracka 25 Poland POL 35.74
12 Theresa Manuel 22 United States USA 33.82
13 Nicole Saeys 23 Belgium BEL 31.77
14 Kay Long 27 Great Britain GBR 30.29
15 Gladys Clarke 25 Great Britain GBR 29.59