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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988

Gold: FIN Tapio Korjus
Silver: TCH Jan Železný
Bronze: FIN Seppo Räty


The new javelin was being used, as it had been since 1986, so the marks were much shorter than the 90+ metre throws of 1968-1980. The favorite was the huge Finn, [Seppo Räty], the 1987 World Champion. Also considered was the world record holder with the implement, Czechoslovakian [Ján Železný], who led the qualifying with 85.90 (281-10), and the first man to set a world record with the new jav, [Klaus Tafelmeier] (FRG). The leader in round one was another Finn, [Tapio Korjus], but he had the third-longest throw ever with the new javelin. In round two, Železný and [Viktor Yevsyukov] both threw 82.32 (270-1) to take over. Räty came thru in the third round with 83.26 (273-2), and as the lead shifted around, Železný regained it in round four with 83.46 (273-10). Throwing third in the final round, he improved to 84.12 (275-2), but the last thrower was Korjus, and his 84.28 (276-6¼) brought him the gold medal, Železný claiming silver.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tapio Korjus 27 Finland FIN Gold
2 Jan Železný 22 Czechoslovakia TCH Silver
3 Seppo Räty 26 Finland FIN Bronze
4 Klaus Tafelmeier 30 West Germany FRG
5 Viktor Yevsyukov 31 Soviet Union URS
6 Gerald Weiß 28 East Germany GDR
7 Vladimir Ovchinnikov 18 Soviet Union URS
8 Dag Wennlund 24 Sweden SWE
9 Peter Borglund 24 Sweden SWE
10 Kimmo Kinnunen 20 Finland FIN
11 Dave Ottley 33 Great Britain GBR
12 Sejad Krdžalić 28 Yugoslavia YUG
13 QR Einar Vilhjálmsson 28 Iceland ISL
14 QR Dave Stephens 26 United States USA
15 QR Silvio Warsönke 21 East Germany GDR
16 QR Lee Uk-Jong 21 South Korea KOR
17 QR Detlef Michel 32 East Germany GDR
18 QR Tom Petranoff 30 United States USA
19 QR Kazuhiro Mizoguchi 26 Japan JPN
20 QR Mick Hill 23 Great Britain GBR
21 QR Masami Yoshida 30 Japan JPN
22 QR Terry McHugh 25 Ireland IRL
23 QR Pascal Lefèvre 23 France FRA
24 QR Rudolf Steiner 37 Switzerland SUI
25 QR Roald Bradstock 26 Great Britain GBR
26 QR Zdeněk Nenadál 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
27 QR Siggi Einarsson 25 Iceland ISL
28 QR Steve Feraday 29 Canada CAN
29 QR Brian Crouser 26 United States USA
30 QR Charlus Bertimon 31 France FRA
31 QR Mike Mahovlich 28 Canada CAN
32 QR Stéphane Laporte 22 France FRA
33 QR Justin Arop 30 Uganda UGA
34 QR Zakayo Malekwa 37 Tanzania TAN
35 QR Ghanem Zaid 23 Kuwait KUW
36 QR Hafez El-Hussein 29 Syria SYR
37 QR Paul Hurlston 22 Cayman Islands CAY
38 QR Abdul Azim Al-Aliwat 21 Saudi Arabia KSA