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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 4, 1984
Date Finished: August 5, 1984

Gold: FIN Arto Härkönen
Silver: GBR Dave Ottley
Bronze: SWE Kenth Eldebrink


The top javelinist in 1984 was easily East German Uwe Hohn. His 11 meets prior to July averaged 94.09, longer than any other mark in 1984. On 20 July 1984, he changed the event. That day in Berlin he broke the world record with 104.80 (343-10). The throw was so long that it started to raise safety concerns. He was close to literally throwing the javelin out of the stadium – or at least the infield – and putting runners or spectators in danger. Partly because of this, the javelin specifications were shortly thereafter changed, and a new implement was in use from April 1986, although the changes had been initiated before the 1984 Olympics, in an effort to change the javelin center-of-gravity and allow for more frequent tip-first landings, making it easier to judge. Without Hohn nobody was favored in Los Angeles. [Tom Petranoff] (USA) led the qualifiers with 85.96 (282-0¼) but would finish only 10th in the final. The gold was won by Finland's [Arto Härkönen], continuing his nation's tradition in the javelin. He was the first left-hander to win the Olympic javelin.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Arto Härkönen 25 Finland FIN Gold
2 Dave Ottley 28 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Kenth Eldebrink 29 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Wolfram Gambke 24 West Germany FRG
5 Masami Yoshida 26 Japan JPN
6 Einar Vilhjálmsson 24 Iceland ISL
7 Roald Bradstock 22 Great Britain GBR
8 Laslo Babits 26 Canada CAN
9 Per Erling Olsen 26 Norway NOR
10 Tom Petranoff 26 United States USA
11 Duncan Atwood 28 United States USA
12 Jean-Paul Lakafia 23 France FRA
13 QR Raimo Manninen 28 Finland FIN
14 QR Juan de la Garza 22 Mexico MEX
15 QR Reidar Lorentzen 27 Norway NOR
16 QR Sejad Krdžalić 24 Yugoslavia YUG
17 QR Tero Saviniemi 21 Finland FIN
18 QR Steve Roller 30 United States USA
19 QR Zakayo Malekwa 33 Tanzania TAN
20 QR Kazuhiro Mizoguchi 22 Japan JPN
21 QR Muhammad Rashid Khan 31 Pakistan PAK
22 QR Klaus Tafelmeier 26 West Germany FRG
23 QR Agostino Ghesini 25 Italy ITA
24 QR Chen Hung-Yen 26 Chinese Taipei TPE
25 QR Gurtej Singh 24 India IND
26 QR Siggi Einarsson 21 Iceland ISL
27 QR Justin Arop 26 Uganda UGA
AC QR Mike O'Rourke 28 New Zealand NZL