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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 83.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 2, 1996  
Date Finished: August 3, 1996  
(Competitors: 33; Countries: 20; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF    1996_olympic_stadium.jpg
Železný was hot favourite to retain his title, having thrown a remarkable 98.48 in May. He threw 86.52 in the qualifying round behind Kostas Gatsioudis’s Greek record of 87.12. After a mis-timed short foul in the opening round in the final, he responded to Steve Backley’s leading throw with 88.16. Backley had opened the competition with an impressive 87.44. The first two positions were already decided. Behind them a battle ensued for the bronze medal, with second round throws of 85.30 for Makarov, 85.68 for Henry, 86.66 for Räty and 86.88 for Hecht. Of these four, only Räty was able to improve, throwing 86.98 in the final round, to pick up his third medal. The medallists were the same as in 1992, and so only four different men had won medals in the three Games between 1988 and 1996.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
In May, Ján Železný had broken the world record with 98.48 (323-1¼), still the world’s best thru 2008. He had won the 1993 and 1995 World Champion and was a heavy favorite. In the final, Britain’s Steve Backley, the two-time European Champion, opened with 87.44 (286-10½) to lead. Železný surpassed that in round two with 88.16 (289-3) and those were their best throws, settling the gold and silver medals. Finland’s Seppo Räty came in third with his final toss, winning his third consecutive Olympic medal, but he would never get gold.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics
World Record  Jan Železný (CZE) 98.48 m May 25, 1996 Germany Jena, Germany
Olympic Record  Jan Železný (TCH) 89.66 m August 8, 1992 Spain Barcelona, Spain
Season Best  Jan Železný (CZE) 98.48 m May 25, 1996 Germany Jena, Germany
        Results        
 
Javelin Throw Men     Final 3 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 88.16     Jan Železný Czech Republic CZE 16 Jun 66  
2 87.44     Steve Backley Great Britain GBR 12 Feb 69  
3 86.98     Seppo Räty Finland FIN 27 Apr 62  
4 86.88     Raymond Hecht Germany GER 11 Nov 68  
5 85.68     Boris Henry Germany GER 14 Dec 73  
6 85.30     Sergey Makarov Russia RUS 19 Mar 73  
7 84.02     Kimmo Kinnunen Finland FIN 31 Mar 68  
8 83.58     Tom Pukstys United States USA 28 May 68  
9 81.82     Peter Blank Germany GER 10 Apr 62  
10 81.46     Konstandínos Gatsioúdis Greece GRE 17 Dec 73  
11 80.96     Zhang Lianbiao China CHN 25 Jan 69  
12 78.58     Mick Hill Great Britain GBR 22 Oct 64  
Javelin Throw Men     Qualification 2 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 87.12     Konstandínos Gatsioúdis Greece GRE 17 Dec 73  
2 86.52     Jan Železný Czech Republic CZE 16 Jun 66  
3 85.88     Sergey Makarov Russia RUS 19 Mar 73  
4 84.70     Tom Pukstys United States USA 28 May 68  
5 84.14     Steve Backley Great Britain GBR 12 Feb 69  
6 83.66     Seppo Räty Finland FIN 27 Apr 62  
7 83.24     Raymond Hecht Germany GER 11 Nov 68  
8 83.22     Boris Henry Germany GER 14 Dec 73  
9 82.68     Peter Blank Germany GER 10 Apr 62  
10 80.98     Kimmo Kinnunen Finland FIN 31 Mar 68  
11 80.48     Mick Hill Great Britain GBR 22 Oct 64  
12 79.88     Zhang Lianbiao China CHN 25 Jan 69  
13 79.78     Pål Arne Fagernes Norway NOR 8 Jun 74  
14 79.34     Harri Hakkarainen Finland FIN 16 Oct 69  
15 79.18     Dave Stephens United States USA 8 Feb 62  
16 78.20     Vladimir Ovchinnikov Russia RUS 2 Aug 70  
17 78.02     Todd Riech United States USA 24 Oct 70  
18 77.94     Emeterio González Cuba CUB 11 Apr 73  
19 77.82     Dimítrios Polimérou Greece GRE 17 May 74  
20 77.74     Edgar Baumann Paraguay PAR 16 Apr 70  
21 77.28     Andrew Currey Australia AUS 7 Feb 71  
22 77.20     Andrey Moruyev Russia RUS 6 May 70  
23 77.12     Gavin Lovegrove New Zealand NZL 21 Oct 67  
24 76.30     Sergey Voynov Uzbekistan UZB 26 Feb 77  
25 75.74     Nick Nieland Great Britain GBR 31 Jan 72  
26 75.24     Dag Wennlund Sweden SWE 9 Oct 63  
27 73.96     Vladimir Parfyonov Uzbekistan UZB 17 Jun 70  
28 73.84     Isbel Luaces Cuba CUB 20 Jul 75  
29 72.84     Terry McHugh Ireland IRL 22 Aug 63  
30 72.54     Donald-Aik Sild Estonia EST 3 Oct 68  
31 71.42     Chu Ki-Young South Korea KOR 4 Mar 77  
32 70.78     Pius Bazighe Nigeria NGR 15 Mar 72  
33 68.02     Kirt Thompson Trinidad and Tobago TTO 13 Jan 67  
  NM     Vladimir Sasimovich Belarus BLR 14 Sep 68  
 
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Qualification

Group A

Group B
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance
1 2 3
1 1  Konstadinos Gatsioudis (GRE) 87.12 87.12 m
2 3  Sergey Makarov (RUS) 85.88 85.88 m
3 6  Seppo Räty (FIN) 83.66 83.66 m
4 7  Raymond Hecht (GER) 83.24 83.24 m
5 9  Peter Blank (GER) 82.68 X 82.68 m
6 10  Kimmo Kinnunen (FIN) 78.82 X 80.98 80.98 m
7 11  Mick Hill (GBR) 77.12 X 80.48 80.48 m
8 13  Pål Arne Fagernes (NOR) 78.38 X 79.78 79.78 m
9 15  Dave Stephens (USA) 77.98 79.18 79.18 79.18 m
10 18  Emeterio González (CUB) X 77.94 74.42 77.94 m
11 20  Edgar Baumann (PAR) X 75.90 77.74 77.74 m
12 23  Gavin Lovegrove (NZL) X 77.12 X 77.12 m
13 24  Sergey Voynov (UZB) 75.58 76.30 68.50 76.30 m
14 26  Dag Wennlund (SWE) 75.24 X X 75.24 m
15 29  Terry McHugh (IRL) 69.72 X 72.84 72.84 m
16 31  Chu Ki-Young (KOR) X 70.30 71.42 71.42 m
17 33  Kirt Thompson (TRI) 68.02 X 64.12 68.02 m
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance
1 2 3
1 2  Jan Železný (CZE) 86.52 86.52 m
2 4  Tom Pukstys (USA) 80.70 81.34 84.70 84.70 m
3 5  Steve Backley (GBR) 84.14 84.14 m
4 8  Boris Henry (GER) 83.22 83.22 m
5 12  Zhang Lianbiao (CHN) 76.24 76.76 79.88 79.88 m
6 14  Harri Hakkarainen (FIN) 77.96 79.34 X 79.34 m
7 16  Vladimir Ovchinnikov (RUS) 74.88 76.12 78.20 78.20 m
8 17  Todd Riech (USA) X 76.68 78.02 78.02 m
9 19  Dimitrios Polymerou (GRE) 76.98 X 77.82 77.82 m
10 21  Andrew Currey (AUS) 71.34 76.58 77.28 77.28 m
11 22  Andrey Moruyev (RUS) X 76.96 77.20 77.20 m
12 25  Nick Nieland (GBR) 69.54 X 75.74 75.74 m
13 27  Vladimir Parfyonov (UZB) 68.54 73.96 73.28 73.96 m
14 28  Isbel Luaces (CUB) 73.84 73.20 X 73.84 m
15 30  Donald Sild (EST) 72.54 X 68.28 72.54 m
16 32  Pius Bazighe (NGR) 68.02 70.78 65.70 70.78 m
 Vladimir Sasimovich (BLR) X X X NM
 

Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Distance
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Jan Železný (CZE) X 88.16 82.68 83.86 86.02 86.12 88.16 m
2nd  Steve Backley (GBR) 87.44 85.66 X 80.74 80.88 85.64 87.44 m
3rd  Seppo Räty (FIN) 83.44 86.66 76.52 84.52 81.70 86.98 86.98 m
4  Raymond Hecht (GER) 83.88 86.88 X 83.10 X 85.10 86.88 m
5  Boris Henry (GER) 81.24 85.68 X 82.58 83.94 84.08 85.68 m
6  Sergey Makarov (RUS) 82.72 85.30 81.12 X 82.28 83.78 85.30 m
7  Kimmo Kinnunen (FIN) 82.72 80.26 X 84.02 81.98 X 84.02 m
8  Tom Pukstys (USA) 78.48 80.90 83.58 81.28 82.18 81.68 83.58 m
 
9  Peter Blank (GER) 76.66 81.82 X   81.82 m
10  Konstadinos Gatsioudis (GRE) X 79.08 81.46   81.46 m
11  Zhang Lianbiao (CHN) 80.28 78.86 80.96   80.96 m
12  Mick Hill (GBR) 78.58 X X   78.58 m
 
 
 

 

 

 

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