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Athletics at the 1964 Tokyo Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Tokyo, Japan
Venue(s): National Stadium, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Date Started: October 16, 1964
Date Finished: October 16, 1964

Gold: ROU Mihaela Peneș
Silver: HUN Márta Antal-Rudas
Bronze: URS Yelena Gorchakova


Defending champion [Elvira Ozoliņa] (URS) was a heavy favorite. She had set the last three world records and won the 1962 European Championships. But in the qualifying round Soviet teammate [Yelena Gorchakova] unleashed a world record throw of 62.40 (204-8¾), the first ratified mark of over 200 feet (Ozoliņa had an unratified mark of 61.38 [201-4½] earlier in the year). But neither would win the gold medal. In round one Romania's 17-year-old [Mihaela Peneş] bettered her personal best by four metres with 60.54 and that held up for the world record. Gorchakova was able to hold on for bronze, but Ozoliņa finished only fifth. She was so distraught that she went to the Olympic Village hair stylist and demanded that she shave her head. When the hairdresser refused she took the clippers and began to shave her head herself, and walked around the village for the rest of the Games virtually bald, exposing her shame at her poor performance.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mihaela Peneș 17 Romania ROU Gold
2 Márta Antal-Rudas 27 Hungary HUN Silver
3 Yelena Gorchakova 31 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Birutė Kalėdienė 29 Soviet Union URS
5 Elvīra Ozoliņa 25 Soviet Union URS
6 Maria Diți-Diaconescu 26 Romania ROU
7 Hiroko Sato 25 Japan JPN
8 Anneliese Gerhards 29 Germany GER
9 Sue Platt 24 Great Britain GBR
10 Michèle Demys 21 France FRA
11 Misako Katayama 20 Japan JPN
12 Rosemarie Schubert 20 Germany GER
13 QR RaNae Bair 21 United States USA
14 QR Inge Schwalbe 28 Germany GER
15 QR Anna Wojtaszek-Pazera 27 Australia AUS
16 QR Lee Hye-Ja 17 South Korea KOR