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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 23, 1976
Date Finished: July 24, 1976

Gold: GDR Ruth Fuchs
Silver: FRG Marion Becker
Bronze: USA Kate Schmidt


[Ruth Fuchs] was by now the heavy favorite. She was the defending champion, 1974 European Champion, multiple world-record holder, and would be voted by Track & Field News as the female athlete of the decade for the 1970s. She was solid in 1976 as well, breaking the world record in the month prior to Montréal. And she ended the competition early in the final, throwing 65.94 (216-4¼) in the first round, which would be the best throw of the event. [Kate Schmidt], bronze medalist from 1972, struggled to make the final three throws, fouling on her first two attempts, but she repeated her third-place finish from München. West Germany’s [Marion Becker] won the silver medal with 64.70 (212-3¼) thrown in round three, after which she fouled three times.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ruth Fuchs 29 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Marion Becker 26 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Kate Schmidt 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Jacqueline Todten-Hein 22 East Germany GDR
5 Sabine Sebrowski 25 East Germany GDR
6 Svetlana Korolyova-Babich 29 Soviet Union URS
7 Nadezhda Yakubovich 22 Soviet Union URS
8 Karin Smith 20 United States USA
9 Eva Janko 31 Austria AUT
10 Tessa Sanderson 20 Great Britain GBR
11 Ileana Zörgö-Raduly 21 Romania ROU
12 Yordanka Peeva 23 Bulgaria BUL
13 QR Sherry Calvert 25 United States USA
AC QR Christine Hunt 26 Australia AUS
AC QR Sofia Sakorafa 19 Greece GRE