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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Women's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 63.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 5, 1984  
Date Finished: August 6, 1984  
(Competitors: 32; Countries: 23; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Veterans Shikolenko and Hattestad were favoured to battle for gold, but the javelin is not a respecter of expectations. Tilea (66.94) and Rantanen (66.54) led the qualifying, with both favourites getting through, while reigning champion Renk (59.70), and six-time Olympian Sanderson (58.86) each failed to make it to the final stages. Rantanen opened the final with a lifetime best of 67.94, and then watched as the other 11 finalists had their 54 throws without getting within 2m of her best. Lean (1.73/64Kg) Louise McPaul got closest with 65.54, as she and Hattestad (64.98) shunted Cubans López and Rivero out of medals in the final round.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
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.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 74.76 m June 13, 1983 Finland Tampere, Finland
Olympic Record  María Caridad Colón (CUB) 68.40 m July 25, 1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
Broken records during the 1984 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Tessa Sanderson (GBR) 69.56 m August 6, 1984 United States Los Angeles, United States
 
        Results        
 
Javelin Throw (old) Women     Final 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 69.56     Tessa Sanderson Great Britain GBR 14 Mar 56  
2 69.00     Tiina Lillak Finland FIN 15 Apr 61  
3 67.14     Fatima Whitbread Great Britain GBR 3 Mar 61  
4 66.40     Tuula Laaksalo Finland FIN 21 Apr 53  
5 64.52     Trine Hattestad Norway NOR 18 Apr 66  
6 63.26     Ingrid Thyssen West Germany FRG 9 Jan 56  
7 62.34     Beate Peters West Germany FRG 12 Oct 59  
8 62.06     Karin Smith United States USA 4 Aug 55  
9 59.66     Sharon Gibson Great Britain GBR 31 Dec 61  
10 58.38     Cathy Sulinski United States USA 3 Apr 58  
11 58.18     Helena Laine Finland FIN 30 Mar 55  
12 56.20     Petra Rivers Australia AUS 11 Dec 52  
Javelin Throw (old) Women     Qualification 5 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 65.30     Fatima Whitbread Great Britain GBR 3 Mar 61  
2 63.30     Tiina Lillak Finland FIN 15 Apr 61  
3 62.68     Trine Hattestad Norway NOR 18 Apr 66  
4 61.80     Helena Laine Finland FIN 30 Mar 55  
5 61.58     Tessa Sanderson Great Britain GBR 14 Mar 56  
6 61.56     Beate Peters West Germany FRG 12 Oct 59  
7 61.38     Karin Smith United States USA 4 Aug 55  
8 60.88     Sharon Gibson Great Britain GBR 31 Dec 61  
9 60.86     Ingrid Thyssen West Germany FRG 9 Jan 56  
10 60.42     Tuula Laaksalo Finland FIN 21 Apr 53  
11 59.12     Petra Rivers Australia AUS 11 Dec 52  
12 59.00     Cathy Sulinski United States USA 3 Apr 58  
13 57.88     Regula Egger Switzerland SUI 10 Jan 58  
14 57.72     Emi Matsui Japan JPN 20 Feb 63  
15 57.66     Fausta Quintavalla Italy ITA 4 May 59  
16 56.60     Minori Mori Japan JPN 9 Dec 57  
17 55.94     Agnès Tchuinté Cameroon CMR 30 Jan 59  
18 55.92     Lynda Sutfin United States USA 6 Oct 62  
19 53.18     Zhu Hongyang China CHN 11 Feb 64  
20 52.74     Sonia Smith Bermuda BER 19 Sep 62  
21 52.46     Li Hui-Cheng Chinese Taipei TPE 26 Nov 67  
22 48.70     Íris Grönfeldt Iceland ISL 8 Feb 63  
23 47.92     Jennifer Pace Malta MLT 21 Mar 58  
  DQ     Anna Verouli        
 
Detailed View
 

Qualification

Group A

Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3
1 1  Fatima Whitbread (GBR) X X 65.30 65.30 m  
2 2  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 63.30 63.30 m  
3 7  Karin Smith (USA) 61.38 61.38 m  
4 9  Ingrid Thyssen (FRG) 60.86 60.86 m  
5 10  Tuula Laaksalo (FIN) 59.64 60.42 60.42 m  
6 11  Petra Rivers (AUS) 54.28 59.12 59.12 m  
7 14  Emi Matsui (JPN) 55.92 57.72 55.94 57.72 m  
8 15  Fausta Quintavalla (ITA) 56.48 57.66 55.66 57.66 m  
9 17  Agnès Tchuinté (CMR) 55.94 X 51.86 55.94 m  
10 18  Lynda Suffin (USA) 55.70 51.36 55.92 55.92 m  
11 21  Lee Hui-Chen (TPE) 51.18 52.46 49.54 52.46 m  
12 22  Íris Grönfeldt (ISL) 47.34 48.70 48.16 48.70 m  
13 23  Jennifer Pace (MLT) 47.92 X 47.68 47.92 m  

Group B

Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3
1 3  Trine Solberg (NOR) 62.68 62.68 m  
2 4  Helena Laine (FIN) X 61.80 61.80 m  
3 5  Tessa Sanderson (GBR) 61.58 61.58 m  
4 6  Beate Peters (FRG) 61.56 61.56 m  
5 8  Sharon Gibson (GBR) 60.88 60.88 m  
6 12  Cathy Sulinski (USA) 54.32 X 59.00 59.00 m  
10 13  Regula Egger (SUI) 56.32 57.80 57.88 57.88 m  
10 16  Minori Mori (JPN) 46.66 56.60 X 56.60 m  
10 19  Zhu Hongyang (CHN) 53.18 50.98 X 53.18 m  
10 20  Sonia Smith (BER) 51.48 X 52.74 52.74 m  
 Anna Verouli (GRE) 57.72 X 58.62 DSQ [1]
 Iamo Launa (PNG) DNS  
 
Anna Verouli finished seventh at 58.62 (192’4”) but was subsequently disqualified as her doping tests proved positive.
 

Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Tessa Sanderson (GBR) 69.56 66.56 63.68 64.84 66.86 64.10 69.56 m OR
2nd  Tiina Lillak (FIN) 61.14 69.00 X X X X 69.00 m  
3rd  Fatima Whitbread (GBR) 64.52 65.42 X 65.82 67.14 X 67.14 m  
4  Tuula Laaksalo (FIN) 56.42 61.36 X 66.40 59.64 65.72 66.40 m  
5  Trine Solberg (NOR) 64.52 60.90 X X X X 64.52 m  
6  Ingrid Thyssen (FRG) 61.12 63.26 55.64 55.96 60.42 56.26 63.26 m  
7  Beate Peters (FRG) 61.84 59.90 X 61.24 57.98 62.34 62.34 m  
8  Karin Smith (USA) 60.54 X 55.92 59.14 X 62.06 62.06 m  
 
9  Sharon Gibson (GBR) 54.96 X 59.66   59.66 m  
10  Cathy Sulinski (USA) 54.26 58.38 X   58.38 m  
11  Helena Laine (FIN) X X 58.18   58.18 m  
12  Petra Rivers (AUS) 55.66 56.20 X   56.20 m
 

 

 

 

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