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Men's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 17, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016

Gold: GER Thomas Röhler
Silver: KEN Julius Yego
Bronze: TTO Keshorn Walcott


Early in 2016 German [Thomas Röhler] was considered the favorite as he had won two Diamond League meets and had four of the top seven throws in the world, but as Rio approached, back problems made him an unsteady favorite. He made the final in Rio, and was joined there by two other major challengers – defending gold medalist [Keshorn Walcott] of Trinidad & Tobago and 2015 World Champion [Julius Yego] of Kenya.

Yego took the lead in round with 88.24, which would remain his best mark and would eventually bring him the silver medal. It was also his only fair throw, as passed on three other throws, including his final two, the victim of a chronic ankle injury. He would be taken off the field in a wheelchair.

In round two Walcott threw 85.38, his best effort, which was good for bronze. Yego held the lead, despite getting only the one mark, into round five, when Röhler, until then in second place with 87.40 from the first round, came through with 90.30 to win gold. Despite Röhler’s consistency in invitationals, this was his first medal in a major international meet.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Thomas Röhler 24 Germany GER Gold
2 Julius Yego 27 Kenya KEN Silver
3 Keshorn Walcott 23 Trinidad and Tobago TTO Bronze
4 Johannes Vetter 23 Germany GER
5 Dmytro Kosynskiy 27 Ukraine UKR
6 Antti Ruuskanen 32 Finland FIN
7 Vitězslav Veselý 33 Czech Republic CZE
8 Jakub Vadlejch 25 Czech Republic CZE
9 Julian Weber 21 Germany GER
10 Braian Toledo 22 Argentina ARG
11 Ryohei Arai 25 Japan JPN
12 Petr Frydrych 28 Czech Republic CZE
13 r1/2 Josh Robinson 30 Australia AUS
14 r1/2 Zigismunds Sirmais 24 Latvia LAT
15 r1/2 Marcin Krukowski 24 Poland POL
16 r1/2 Júlio César de Oliveira 30 Brazil BRA
17 r1/2 Kim Amb 26 Sweden SWE
18 r1/2 Tanel Laanmäe 26 Estonia EST
19 r1/2 John Ampomah 26 Ghana GHA
20 r1/2 Cyrus Hostetler 29 United States USA
21 r1/2 Tero Pitkämäki 33 Finland FIN
22 r1/2 Risto Mätas 32 Estonia EST
23 r1/2 Magnus Kirt 26 Estonia EST
24 r1/2 Rocco van Rooyen 23 South Africa RSA
25 r1/2 Hamish Peacock 25 Australia AUS
26 r1/2 Ivan Zaytsev 27 Uzbekistan UZB
27 r1/2 Ari Mannio 29 Finland FIN
28 r1/2 Rolands Å trobinders 24 Latvia LAT
29 r1/2 Stuart Farquhar 34 New Zealand NZL
30 r1/2 Ahmed Bader 20 Qatar QAT
31 r1/2 Łukasz Grzeszczuk 26 Poland POL
32 r1/2 Leslie Copeland 28 Fiji FIJ
33 r1/2 Huang Shih-Feng 24 Chinese Taipei TPE
34 r1/2 Sam Crouser 24 United States USA
35 r1/2 Sean Furey 33 United States USA
36 r1/2 Sumeda Ranasinghe 25 Sri Lanka SRI
AC r1/2 Babur Shakirdzhanov 25 Uzbekistan UZB