1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 80.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 2, 1972  
Date Finished: September 3, 1972  
(Competitors: 23; Countries: 15; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF   1972_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Lūsis had regained the world record in July with 93.80, and was a firm favourite. He qualified easily with 82.82, but the best at that stage was Wolfermann with 86.22. The German had thrown 90.40 the week earlier, so was clearly a medal threat along with Finland’s 88m man, the lean Hannu Siitonen. The Finn opened the final with 84.32, which would be followed by five fouls, as he pushed too hard to pass Wolfermann and Lūsis. The German threw 86.68 in response to Lūsis’ fine opener of 88.88. The Latvian improved to 89.54, and seemed invulnerable. Wolfermann showed great competitive instincts though, reaching 88.40 in the fourth round to rapturous applause from the predominantly German crowd of 80, 000. In round 5 Wolfermann launched a beautiful throw, which landed at a German record of 90.48, and put him in front. Lūsis had just one throw left, and he told himself “this must go over 90m.” Lūsis pulled his seemingly elastic arm through and the spear flew away to the 90m mark. The measuring device showed 90.46. Almost unbelievably Wolfermann had won by less than one inch, and received great praise from the gracious and universally admired Lūsis, who became the first man to have a full set of medals in the javelin.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Defending champion Jānis Lūsis was again heavily favored, having won the last four European Championships. Nobody had approached him all year, and he had broken the world record in July. Lūsis led off with 88.88 (291-7¼) in round one to take the lead and held it until round five, with an improvement to 89.54 (293-9¼) in the third round. But in round five, the relatively unheralded German, Klaus Wolfermann threw 90.48 (296-10¼) to take the top spot. In the final round, Lūsis made a supreme effort to hold onto to his title, but came up two centimeters short – 90.46 (296-9½). This did give him a complete set of medals in the javelin, having won bronze in 1964.
 

Records

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record Soviet Union Jānis Lūsis 93.80 m Stockholm, Sweden July 6, 1972
Olympic record  Jānis Lūsis (URS) 90.10 m Mexico City, Mexico October 16, 1968
 
        Results          
   
Javelin Throw Men     Final 3 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 90.48     Klaus Wolfermann West Germany FRG 31 Mar 46    
2 90.46     Janis Lūsis Soviet Union URS 19 May 39    
3 84.42     Bill Schmidt United States USA 29 Dec 47    
4 84.32     Hannu Siitonen Finland FIN 18 Mar 49    
5 83.08     Bjørn Grimnes Norway NOR 24 Sep 50    
6 82.08     Jorma Kinnunen Finland FIN 15 Dec 41    
7 81.98     Miklós Németh Hungary HUN 23 Oct 46    
8 80.06     Fred Luke United States USA 12 Nov 46    
9 79.32     Manfred Stolle East Germany GDR 5 Mar 37    
10 77.94     Milt Sonsky United States USA 2 Jul 41    
11 76.34     Lolésio Tuita France FRA 15 Jul 43    
12 76.14     József Csik Hungary HUN 1 Jan 46    
Javelin Throw Men     Qualification 2 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 86.22     Klaus Wolfermann West Germany FRG 31 Mar 46    
2 82.92     Janis Lūsis Soviet Union URS 19 May 39    
3 81.80     Hannu Siitonen Finland FIN 18 Mar 49    
4 81.78     Miklós Németh Hungary HUN 23 Oct 46    
5 81.34     Fred Luke United States USA 12 Nov 46    
6 80.78     Manfred Stolle East Germany GDR 5 Mar 37    
7 80.10     Jorma Kinnunen Finland FIN 15 Dec 41    
8 79.96     Milt Sonsky United States USA 2 Jul 41    
9 79.08     József Csik Hungary HUN 1 Jan 46    
10 78.96     Bill Schmidt United States USA 29 Dec 47    
11 78.78     Lolésio Tuita France FRA 15 Jul 43    
12 77.54     Bjørn Grimnes Norway NOR 24 Sep 50    
13 77.42     Richard Dowswell Canada CAN 21 Jan 51    
14 77.24     Gergely Kulcsár Hungary HUN 10 Mar 34    
15 76.36     Urs von Wartburg Switzerland SUI 1 Mar 37    
16 75.56     André Claude Canada CAN 18 Aug 49    
17 74.68     David Travis Great Britain GBR 9 Sep 45    
18 73.12     Günter Glasauer Germany GER 31 Mar 48    
19 72.20     Jacques Aye-Abehi Cote d'Ivoire CIV 42    
20 71.12     Renzo Cramerotti Italy ITA 9 Dec 47    
21 63.74     Donald Velez Nicaragua NCA 18 Jan 48    
22 53.06     Seif Abdelatif Al-Qahtani Saudi Arabia KSA 1 Jul 46    
  NM     Leo Pusa Finland FIN 23 Mar 47    
 
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Qualifying Round

Rank Series Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Klaus Wolfermann West Germany 86.22     86.22 Q
2 B Jānis Lūsis Soviet Union 82.92     82.92 Q
3 A Hannu Siitonen Finland 81.80     81.80 Q
4 B Miklós Németh Hungary 70.90 81.78   81.78 Q
5 A Frederick Luke United States 81.34     81.34 Q
6 B Manfred Stolle East Germany 80.78     80.78 Q
7 A Jorma Kinnunen Finland 80.10     80.10 Q
8 B Milton Sonsky United States 79.96 78.78 74.24 79.96 q
9 B József Csík Hungary 79.08 x x 79.08 q
10 A William Schmidt United States 75.28 75.90 78.96 78.96 q
11 A Lolesio Tuita France 75.36 78.78 77.34 78.78 q
12 A Bjørn Grimnes Norway x 77.54 x 77.54 q
13 B Richard Dowswell Canada 66.54 72.52 77.42 77.42  
14 A Gergely Kulcsar Hungary x x 77.24 77.24  
15 B Urs von Wartburg Switzerland 76.36 x 76.20 76.36  
16 A André Claude Canada 75.56 x x 75.56  
17 B David Travis Great Britain 74.68 70.10 74.30 74.68  
18 B Günther Glassauer West Germany x x 73.12 73.12  
19 B Jacques Abehi Ivory Coast 72.20 x x 72.20  
20 A Renzo Cramerotti Italy 71.12 x x 71.12  
21 B Donald Velez Nicaragua x 63.74 x 64.74  
22 A Seif Abdelat Alkahtani Saudi Arabia x x 53.06 53.06  
  B Leo Pusa Finland x x x NM  
  A Edmund Jaworski Poland       DNS  

Finals

The eight highest-ranked competitors after three rounds qualified for the final three throws to decide the medals.

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result
1st Klaus Wolfermann West Germany 86.68 85.14 x 88.40 90.48 84.70 90.48 OR
2nd Jānis Lūsis Soviet Union 88.88 x 89.54 x 81.66 90.46 90.46
3rd William Schmidt United States 75.96 84.42 x 79.92 84.12 x 84.42
4 Hannu Siitonen Finland 84.32 x x x x x 84.32
5 Bjørn Grimnes Norway 71.86 82.38 83.08 x x x 83.08
6 Jorma Kinnunen Finland x 82.08 75.76 x x 77.60 82.08
7 Miklós Németh Hungary 80.80 81.98 78.58 81.88 x 81.40 81.98
8 Frederick Luke United States 66.64 x 80.06 79.70 71.46 x 80.06
 
9 Manfred Stolle East Germany x x 79.32       79.32
10 Milton Sonsky United States 77.62 77.94 72.38       77.94
11 Lolesio Tuita France 76.34 x 69.38       76.34
12 József Csík Hungary 75.52 76.14 x       76.14