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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women'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 5, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 1984

Gold: GBR Tessa Sanderson
Silver: FIN Tiina Lillak
Bronze: GBR Fatima Whitbread


This was one women’s throwing event that was not completely devalued by the Soviet-led boycott. The 1983 World Champion had been Finland’s [Tiina Lillak], who had won in front of her home country fans. Two British throwers, [Fatima Whitbread] and [Tessa Sanderson], were also among the world’s top javelinists. Whitbread was the runner-up in 1983 at Helsinki, while the bronze medalist at the Worlds was another woman competing in Los Angeles, [Anna Verouli] of Greece, who had also won the 1982 European Championships. In round one, Sanderson took the lead with 69.56 (228-2¾) and that would hold up for the gold medal. Lillak recorded 69.00 (226-4½) in the second round despite a foot injury that caused her to pass her last four throws, but that was good enough for silver.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tessa Sanderson 28 Great Britain GBR Gold OR
2 Tiina Lillak 23 Finland FIN Silver
3 Fatima Whitbread 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Tuula Laaksalo 31 Finland FIN
5 Trine Solberg-Hattestad 18 Norway NOR
6 Ingrid Thyssen 28 West Germany FRG
7 Beate Peters 24 West Germany FRG
8 Karin Smith 28 United States USA
9 Sharon Gibson 22 Great Britain GBR
10 Cathy Sulinski 26 United States USA
11 Helena Laine 29 Finland FIN
12 Petra Rivers 31 Australia AUS
13 QR Regula Egger 26 Switzerland SUI
14 QR Emi Matsui 21 Japan JPN
15 QR Fausta Quintavalla 25 Italy ITA
16 QR Minori Mori 26 Japan JPN
17 QR Agnès Tchuinté 25 Cameroon CMR
18 QR Lynda Hughes Sutfin 21 United States USA
19 QR Zhu Hongyang 20 China CHN
20 QR Sonia Smith 21 Bermuda BER
21 QR Lee Hui-Cheng 16 Chinese Taipei TPE
22 QR Iris Grönfeldt 21 Iceland ISL
23 QR Jennifer Pace 26 Malta MLT
AC QR Anna Verouli 27 Greece GRE