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Jānis Lūsis

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJānis•Lūsis
Used nameJānis•Lūsis
Other namesYanis Voldemarovich Lusis, Яанис Волдемарович Лусис
Born19 May 1939 in Jelgava (LAT)
Died29 April 2020 in Rīga (LAT)
Measurements180 cm / 90 kg
AffiliationsRīgas Daugava/SKA Rīga
NOC Soviet Union
Nationality Latvia

Biography

Latvian Jānis Lūsis, who won a full set of Olympic medals, was the top javelin thrower of the world in the 1960s and early 70s. Lūsis won gold at the 1968 Olympics, silver at the 1972 Munich Games and bronze in 1964. He also competed at the 1976 Olympics, where he finished eighth. Lūsis was a four-time European champion (1962, 1966, 1969, 1971) and won the 1963 Universiade. He was also a 12-time Soviet champion (1962-66, 1968-73, 1976) and threw two world records during his career – 91.98 in 1968 and 93.80 in 1972. After finishing his athletic career, Lūsis worked as a coach and official in Latvia. He is also active in politics, as a member of Latvian Social Democratic Party. Lūsis is married to Elvīra Ozoliņa, who won Olympic javelin gold in 1960 and their son Voldemārs Lūsis is also a javelin thrower, who participated at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics.

Personal Best: JT – 93.80 (1972).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1964 Summer Olympics Athletics URS LAT Jānis Lūsis
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1968 Summer Olympics Athletics URS LAT Jānis Lūsis
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1972 Summer Olympics Athletics URS LAT Jānis Lūsis
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1976 Summer Olympics Athletics URS LAT Jānis Lūsis
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 8

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Round, Round Two 86.34 1
1968 Summer Olympics 16 October 1968 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Round, Round Six 90.10 NP

Olympic family relations

Special Notes