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Javelin Throw, Women

Date31 July 1932 — 17:30
StatusOlympic
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants8 from 4 countries
FormatFinal only.

The Germans were the early leaders in this event with Liesel Schumann winning the 1930 FSFI Women’s World Games, and Ellen Braumüller setting three world records from 1930-32. In June 1932, American Nan Gindele broke the world record, throwing 46.745 (153-4) at the Central AAU Championships. But she was not considered the best American, that role falling to Babe Didrikson who had won the AAU title in 1930 and 1932, and also the baseball throw consecutively from 1930-32, with her 1931 winning mark of 296-0 (90.22) still considered the women’s world record in that now rarely contested event. Didrikson was considered the greatest female athlete in the world, and she would dominate the 1932 Olympics athletics, winning two gold and one silver medal. Her first event was the javelin and she came thru to win with her first round throw of 43.68 (143-3¾). Braumüller was a close second with her teammates, Tilly Fleischer winning bronze. Gindele was a non-competitive fifth.

PosNrAthleteNOCDistance
1Babe DidriksonUSA43.69GoldOR1
2Ellen BraumüllerGER43.50Silver2
3Tilly FleischerGER43.01Bronze3
4Masako ShinpoJPN39.084
5Nan GindeleUSA37.95
6Gloria RussellUSA36.745
7María UribeMEX33.66
8Mitsue IshizuJPN30.81
DNSGrete HeubleinGER
DNSStanisława WalasiewiczPOL