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1997 World Championships in Athletics Athens, Greece

1997 6th IAAF World Championships - Athens - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Athens. Greece Format: Qualifying Round (83.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 3)
Dates: August 1–10. 1997
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1882
    Main venue: Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   oaka7 
From the start this was a competition of surprises. Supposed medal contenders like Hecht. Pukstys. Räty and Lovegrove were casualties in the qualifying round and the final saw a rare fall from grace by twotime champion Železný. who finished ninth. The thunderbolt was delivered in the second round when the previously unconsidered Corbett. who had ranked only equal 19th among the 40 entrants with a best of 83.90. astonished himself along with everyone else with an African record throw of 88.40. and proved that was no fluke with an effort just one metre less in the next round. That second round also yielded throws of 86.64 by Gatsioudis and 86.54 (his best for four years) by Hill. which held second and third places until – on his final attempt – a surprisingly subdued Backley moved from fifth into the silver medal position with a throw of 86.80. thereby depriving his close friend Hill of the bronze. The bemused winner. the 1994 world junior champion. remarked: “I thought I might find a big throw in the final. but maybe fourth or fifth. I never thought of gold.”
 These are the official results of the Men's Javelin Throw event at the 1997 World Championships in Athens. Greece. There were a total number of 40 participating athletes. with the final held on Tuesday 5 August 1997. The qualification mark was set at 83.00 metres.

Records

Standing records prior to the 1997 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Jan Železný (CZE) 98.48 m May 25. 1996 Germany Jena. Germany
Event Record  Jan Železný (CZE) 89.58 m August 13. 1995 Sweden Gothenburg. Sweden
Season Best  Jan Železný (CZE) 94.02 m March 26. 1997 South Africa Stellenbosch. South Africa
 
 
  Javelin Throw 3 August

Event report men javelin throw final

Marius Corbett (South Africa) upset all other throwers in the javelin by improving his personal best by 4.50 metres to an African Record of 88.40. Most upset of all was the 1996 Olympic Champion Jan Zelezny (Czech Republic). For Corbett, just 21, the win far outweighs his previous best career honor, a gold medal in the 1994 World Junior Championships. The favourite for the gold, Zelezny fouled in the first round, and again in the second, when his javelin landed out of the sector near 80.00. In the third round Zelezny hit 82.04, but it put him in 9th place, not enough to get him to the final three rounds. The early leader in the competition was Sergey Makarov (Russia) who heaved 84.56 in the first round. The second round saw most of the good results in the competition. Corbett, who threw in the beginning of the round, got the big one and virtually ended the competition. After Corbett, Mick Hill (Great Britain) took the 2nd position with a throw of 86.54, a seasonal best. In the same round Kostas Gatzioudis of Greece produced a mark of 86.64, which took him to 2nd place. Also Makarov improved to 86.32 on the same round to get 5th place overall. On his final toss, Great Britain’s Steve Backley moved from 5th to 2nd with a toss of 86.80. That pushed Gatzioudis, who didn’t get a fair throw in his last three tries, to bronze. The fact that he won his nation’s first ever men’s medal at the Worlds thrilled the large audience. Besides the African Record of Corbett, Emeterio Gonzalez (Cuba) improved his own Central American/Caribbean Record with a 83.56 in the third round. He finished 7th in the competition.
  Final
1 Marius Corbett RSA 26 Sep 75 88.40
2 Steve Backley GBR 12 Feb 69 86.80
3 Konstandínos Gatsioúdis GRE 17 Dec 73 86.64
4 Mick Hill GBR 22 Oct 64 86.54
5 Sergey Makarov RUS 19 Mar 73 86.32
6 Boris Henry GER 14 Dec 73 84.54
7 Emeterio González CUB 11 Apr 73 83.56
8 Aki Parviainen FIN 26 Oct 74 82.80
9 Jan Železný CZE 16 Jun 66 82.04
10 Gregor Högler AUT 27 Jun 72 81.56
11 Andrey Moruyev RUS 6 May 70 81.38
12 Patrik Bodén SWE 30 Jun 67 80.66
Final 18:40 Team Dist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1 Marius Corbett RSA 88.40m 76.58 88.40 87.40 83.84 84.54 82.42
2 Steve Backley GBR 86.80m 82.94 84.74 X X 83.20 86.80
3 Kostas Gatsioudis GRE 86.64m 81.70 86.64 83.98 X X X
4 Mick Hill GBR 86.54m 84.48 86.54 X 83.64 X 83.04
5 Sergey Makarov RUS 86.32m 84.56 86.32 84.70 81.94 83.16 84.48
6 Boris Henry GER 84.54m 84.54 78.50 82.90 82.48 83.46 84.42
7 Emeterio Gonzalez CUB 83.56m 82.08 82.22 83.56 79.20 X 79.72
8 Aki Parviainen FIN 82.80m 75.18 82.80 X X X X
9 Jan Zelezny CZE 82.04m X X 82.04
10 Gregor Hogler AUT 81.56m 81.00 80.18 81.56
11 Andrey Moruyev RUS 81.38m 81.26 81.38 78.00
12 Patrik Boden SWE 80.66m 78.68 76.14 80.66

Event report men javelin throw qualification

An early morning start and hot weather caused problems for most of the javelin throwers. Only 3 men achieved the qualification standard of 83.00. Kostas Gatzioudis of Greece (83.32) and Jan Zelezny of Czech Republic (83.66) on the first attempt and Boris Henry of Germany (83.42) on the third attempt. Most troubled of the big names were 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Seppo Raty of Finland (77.24) and Raymond Hecht of Germany (79.38), number 4 in that competition; both were unable to qualify. Also Tom Pukstys of USA (pb 87.12 this year - 78.64 in qual) and the 1997 Finnish champion, Sami Saksio (pb 84.26 this year - 76.20 in qual) were left out of the final. Mick Hill (82.24) and Steve Backley (81.40) both of Great Britain advanced to the final being placed in the first 12 of the qualification.
  Qualification 4 August
Group A
1 Boris Henry GER 83.42
2 Kostas Gatsioudis GRE 83.32
3 Mick Hill GBR 82.24
4 Gregor Hogler AUT 81.54
5 Emeterio Gonzalez CUB 80.88
6 Marius Corbett RSA 80.72
7 Sergey Makarov RUS 80.62
8 Raymond Hecht GER 79.38
9 Tom Pukstys USA 78.64
10 Sami Saksio FIN 76.20
11 Paal Arne Fagernes NOR 75.66
12 Eriks Rags LAT 75.06
13 Roald Bradstock USA 74.92
14 Nick Nieland GBR 74.52
15 Firas Al Mahameed SYR 74.04
16 Edgar Baumann PAR 72.96
17 Aleksandr Fingert ISR 69.74
18 Robert Tersek SLO 69.08
19 Vladimir Parfyonov UZB 62.48
20 Ponsianus Gnemen INA 57.12
Group B
1 Jan Zelezny CZE 83.66
2 Steve Backley GBR 81.40
3 Patrik Boden SWE 80.88
4 Aki Parviainen FIN 80.76
5 Andrey Moruyev RUS 80.30
6 Terry McHugh IRL 77.90
7 Vladimir Sasimovich BLR 77.38
8 Seppo Raty FIN 77.24
9 Andreas Linden GER 75.90
10 Gavin Lovegrove NZL 75.62
11 Rajmund Kolko POL 74.98
12 Dimitrios Polymerou GRE 74.94
13 Sergey Voynov UZB 74.32
14 Juan Gerardo De La Garza MEX 71.98
15 Ki-Young Chu KOR 70.84
16 Bouna Diop SEN 69.66
17 Pius Bazighe NGR 69.64
18 Ed Kaminski USA 69.42
19 Adrian Hatcher AUS 69.18
20 Rigoberto Calderao NCA 67.92
 
Group A 8:10 Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Boris Henry GER 83.42m 81.80 79.34 83.42
2 Kostas Gatsioudis GRE 83.32m 83.32
3 Mick Hill GBR 82.24m X 82.24 81.44
4 Gregor Hogler AUT 81.54m 79.54 78.44 81.54
5 Emeterio Gonzalez CUB 80.88m X X 80.88
6 Marius Corbett RSA 80.72m 76.32 80.72 75.10
7 Sergey Makarov RUS 80.62m X 80.62 78.26
8 Raymond Hecht GER 79.38m 78.88 79.38 X
9 Tom Pukstys USA 78.64m 77.46 78.64 76.58
10 Sami Saksio FIN 76.20m 75.42 76.20 X
11 Paal Arne Fagernes NOR 75.66m 75.66 X X
12 Eriks Rags LAT 75.06m 71.66 73.06 75.06
13 Roald Bradstock USA 74.92m 74.92 71.88 71.70
14 Nick Nieland GBR 74.52m 72.26 74.52 70.34
15 Firas Al Mahameed SYR 74.04m 74.04 70.90
16 Edgar Baumann PAR 72.96m X 72.96 63.88
17 Aleksandr Fingert ISR 69.74m 69.74 69.20 68.56
18 Robert Tersek SLO 69.08m 69.08 66.36
19 Vladimir Parfyonov UZB 62.48m 55.18 62.48
20 Ponsianus Gnemen INA 57.12m 57.12 56.32
Group B 10:00 Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Jan Zelezny CZE 83.66m 83.66
2 Steve Backley GBR 81.40m 81.40 X X
3 Patrik Boden SWE 80.88m 80.88 76.26 77.42
4 Aki Parviainen FIN 80.76m X 79.82 80.76
5 Andrey Moruyev RUS 80.30m 77.46 75.78 80.30
6 Terry McHugh IRL 77.90m 72.88 71.22 77.90
7 Vladimir Sasimovich BLR 77.38m 75.24 76.28 77.38
8 Seppo Raty FIN 77.24m 77.24 76.82 75.82
9 Andreas Linden GER 75.90m 75.66 75.90 X
10 Gavin Lovegrove NZL 75.62m 75.62 X X
11 Rajmund Kolko POL 74.98m 74.76 74.98 72.16
12 Dimitrios Polymerou GRE 74.94m 74.94 X X
13 Sergey Voynov UZB 74.32m 74.32 70.16 73.28
14 Juan Gerardo De La Garza MEX 71.98m 71.98 X 66.88
15 Ki-Young Chu KOR 70.84m 70.84 69.58 70.42
16 Bouna Diop SEN 69.66m 65.06 69.66
17 Pius Bazighe NGR 69.64m 69.64 65.14 68.92
18 Ed Kaminski USA 69.42m 68.04 X 69.42
19 Adrian Hatcher AUS 69.18m X X 69.18
20 Rigoberto Calderao NCA 67.92m 67.92 66.46

Group A 03 AUG 1997 08:10 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Firas Al Mahamid SYR SYR    
2 Tom Pukstys USA USA 87.12 87.12
3 Vladimir Parfyonov UZB UZB 84.52  
4 Edgar Baumann PAR PAR 80.56 76.44
5 Emeterio González CUB CUB 82.64 81.90
6 Mick Hill GBR GBR 86.94 85.42
7 Konstantinos Gatsioudis GRE GRE 89.22 89.22
8 Robert Teršek SLO SLO    
9 Marius Corbett RSA RSA 83.90 83.90
10 Pål Arne Fagernes NOR NOR 85.06 82.80
11 Roald Bradstock USA USA 83.84  
12 Raymond Hecht GER GER 92.60 80.46
13 Sergey Makarov RUS RUS 88.86 88.54
14 Aleksandr Fingert ISR ISR 70.94  
15 Eriks Rags LAT LAT    
16 Nick Nieland GBR GBR 83.06 78.76
17 Ponsianus Gnemen INA INA    
18 Boris Henry GER GER 90.44 90.44
19 Gregor Högler AUT AUT 83.00 83.00
20 Sami Saksio FIN FIN 84.26 84.26

Group B 03 AUG 1997 10:00 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1997
1 Vladimir Sasimovich BLR BLR 87.40  
2 Sergey Voynov UZB UZB 81.80 78.04
3 Pius Bazighe NGR NGR 79.30  
4 Steve Backley GBR GBR 91.46 89.02
5 Ki-young Chu KOR KOR 71.42  
6 Rajmund Kólko POL POL 82.50 82.50
7 Patrik Bodén SWE SWE 89.10 84.88
8 Ed Kaminski USA USA 75.70  
9 Gavin Lovegrove NZL NZL 88.20 77.92
10 Seppo Räty FIN FIN 90.60  
11 Rigoberto Calderón NCA NCA 71.62 71.62
12 Andreas Linden GER GER 85.42 81.54
13 Juan Gerardo de la Garza MEX MEX 80.46  
14 Aki Parviainen FIN FIN 87.48 87.48
15 Andrey Moruyev RUS RUS 87.34 79.78
16 Jan Zelezný CZE CZE 98.48 94.02
17 Terry McHugh IRL IRL 82.14  
18 Bouna Diop SEN SEN 79.30 79.30
19 Dimítrios Polimérou GRE GRE 77.82  
20 Adrian Hatcher AUS AUS 77.40 77.40
 

 

 

 

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