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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 24, 1952

Gold: USA Cy Young
Silver: USA Bill Miller
Bronze: FIN Toivo Hyytiäinen


The event was considered open with no favorite going into Helsinki. The Finns were always formidable, led by [Toivo Hyytiäinen], the 1950 European Champion. The United States was surprisingly good, with three medal contenders in [Cy Young], [Bill Miller], and [Franklin )Bud) Held]. Held would later set several world records but placed only ninth in Helsinki. But Young and Miller won gold and silver, respectively, pushing Hyytiäinen back to the bronze medal. Young won the gold with his second throw of 73.78 (242-0¾). He was no relation to Cy Young, the baseball pitcher, though both were great throwers.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Cy Young 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 Bill Miller 22 United States USA Silver
3 Toivo Hyytiäinen 26 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Viktor Tsybulenko 22 Soviet Union URS
5 Branko Dangubić 30 Yugoslavia YUG
6 Vladimir Kuznetsov 21 Soviet Union URS
7 Ragnar Ericzon 26 Sweden SWE
8 Soini Nikkinen 28 Finland FIN
9 Bud Held 24 United States USA
10 Per-Arne Berglund 25 Sweden SWE
11 Otto Bengtsson 30 Sweden SWE
12 Herbert Koschel 30 Germany GER
13 Yury Shcherbakov Soviet Union URS
14 Dick Miller 23 Great Britain GBR
15 Ricardo Héber 24 Argentina ARG
16 Eino Leppänen 35 Finland FIN
17 Amos Matteucci 37 Italy ITA
18 QR Janusz Sidło 19 Poland POL
19 QR Michael Denley 20 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Zbigniew Radziwonowicz 21 Poland POL
21 QR Halil Zıraman Turkey TUR
22 QR Aristidis Roubanis 20 Greece GRE
23 QR József Várszegi 41 Hungary HUN
24 QR Jalal Khan 24 Pakistan PAK
25 QR Reinaldo Oliver 20 Puerto Rico PUR
26 QR Brígido Iriarte 31 Venezuela VEN