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Athletics at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games:

Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 26, 1956
Date Finished: November 26, 1956

Gold: NOR Egil Danielsen
Silver: POL Janusz Sidło
Bronze: URS Viktor Tsybulenko


The javelin world record had taken a beating since 1952, due to new, more aerodynamic javelin designs, pioneered by American javelinist [Franklin “Bud” Held] and his brother, Dick. Bud Held used the new javelin to better the world record three times in 1953 and 1955. But a few months before Melbourne Poland’s [Janusz Sidło] pushed the jav out to 83.66 (274-5¾) for another record. The 1954 European Champion, he was the favorite. Norway’s [Egil Danielsen] was also considered a contender, based on a solid 1956 season. Defending champion [Cy Young] led the qualifiers but would struggle in the final, finishing 11th. Sidło led after three rounds with 79.98 (262-5), which would be his best mark, and would win the silver medal. Then in the fourth round, Danielson launched a low throw that seemed to stay airborne forever, breaking the world record with 85.71 (281-2½).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Egil Danielsen 23 Norway NOR Gold WR
2 Janusz Sidło 23 Poland POL Silver OR
3 Viktor Tsybulenko 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Herbert Koschel 34 Germany GER
5 Jan Kopyto 22 Poland POL
6 Giovanni Lievore 24 Italy ITA
7 Michel Macquet 24 France FRA
8 Aleksandr Gorshkov 27 Soviet Union URS
9 Heiner Will 30 Germany GER
10 Phil Conley 22 United States USA
11 Cy Young 28 United States USA
12 Vladimir Kuznetsov 25 Soviet Union URS
13 Sándor Krasznai 23 Hungary HUN
14 Muhammad Nawaz 32 Pakistan PAK
AC r2/2 Benny Garcia 23 United States USA
16 QR Bob Grant 22 Australia AUS
17 QR Jalal Khan 29 Pakistan PAK
18 QR Léon Syrovatski 18 France FRA
19 QR Reinaldo Oliver 24 Puerto Rico PUR
20 QR Peter Cullen 24 Great Britain GBR
21 QR Jim Achurch 28 Australia AUS