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Javelin Throw, Men

Date24 – 25 September 1988
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants38 from 22 countries

The new javelin was being used, as it had been since 1986, so the marks were much shorter than the 90+ metre throws of 1968-1980. The favorite was the huge Finn, Seppo Räty, the 1987 World Champion. Also considered was the world record holder with the implement, Czechoslovakian Ján Železný, who led the qualifying with 85.90 (281-10), and the first man to set a world record with the new jav, Klaus Tafelmeier (FRG). The leader in round one was another Finn, Tapio Korjus, but he had the third-longest throw ever with the new javelin. In round two, Železný and Viktor Yevsyukov both threw 82.32 (270-1) to take over. Räty came thru in the third round with 83.26 (273-2), and as the lead shifted around, Železný regained it in round four with 83.46 (273-10). Throwing third in the final round, he improved to 84.12 (275-2), but the last thrower was Korjus, and his 84.28 (276-6¼) brought him the gold medal, Železný claiming silver.

1303Tapio KorjusFIN81.42 (3)84.28 (1)Gold
2991Jan ŽeleznýTCH85.90 (1)84.12 (2)Silver
3310Seppo RätyFIN81.62 (2)83.26 (3)Bronze
4392Klaus TafelmeierFRG80.52 (5)82.72 (4)
51035Viktor YevsyukovURS79.26 (12)82.32 (5)
6486Gerald WeißGDR80.22 (8)81.30 (6)
71196Vladimir OvchinnikovURS80.26 (6)79.12 (7)
8959Dag WennlundSWE79.66 (11)78.30 (8)
9949Peter BorglundSWE80.16 (9)78.22 (9)
10302Kimmo KinnunenFIN80.24 (7)78.04 (10)
11444Dave OttleyGBR80.98 (4)76.96 (11)
121158Sejad KrdžalićYUG79.90 (10)73.28 (12)
13 r1/2567Einar VilhjálmssonISL78.92 (13)
14 r1/21132Dave StephensUSA78.42 (14)
15 r1/2484Silvio WarsönkeGDR78.22 (15)
16 r1/2697Lee Uk-JongKOR78.10 (16)
17 r1/2471Detlef MichelGDR77.70 (17)
18 r1/21118Tom PetranoffUSA77.48 (18)
19 r1/2634Kazuhiro MizoguchiJPN77.46 (19)
20 r1/2427Mick HillGBR77.20 (20)
21 r1/2646Masami YoshidaJPN76.90 (21)
22 r1/2552Terry McHughIRL76.46 (22)
23 r1/2335Pascal LefèvreFRA76.42 (23)
24 r1/2946Rudolf SteinerSUI76.02 (24)
25 r1/2407Roald BradstockGBR75.96 (25)
26 r1/2983Zdeněk NenadálTCH75.56 (26)
27 r1/2564Siggi EinarssonISL75.52 (27)
28 r1/2152Steve FeradayCAN73.32 (28)
29 r1/21082Brian CrouserUSA72.72 (29)
30 r1/2318Charlus BertimonFRA70.84 (30)
31 r1/2167Mike MahovlichCAN69.44 (31)
32 r1/2330Stéphane LaporteFRA69.40 (32)
33 r1/21016Justin AropUGA69.10 (33)
34 r1/2969Zakayo MalekwaTAN67.56 (34)
35 r1/2717Ghanem ZaidKUW65.84 (35)
36 r1/2965Hafez El-HusseinSYR63.34 (36)
37 r1/2184Paul HurlstonCAY62.34 (37)
38 r1/2705Abdul Azim Al-AliwatKSA56.32 (38)

Qualifying Round (24 September 1988)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 79.00 metres advanced to the final.

1Jan ŽeleznýTCH85.90QOR
2Seppo RätyFIN81.62Q
3Tapio KorjusFIN81.42Q
4Dave OttleyGBR80.98Q
5Klaus TafelmeierFRG80.52Q
6Vladimir OvchinnikovURS80.26Q
7Kimmo KinnunenFIN80.24Q
8Gerald WeißGDR80.22Q
9Peter BorglundSWE80.16Q
10Sejad KrdžalićYUG79.90Q
11Dag WennlundSWE79.66Q
12Viktor YevsyukovURS79.26Q
13Einar VilhjálmssonISL78.92
14Dave StephensUSA78.42
15Silvio WarsönkeGDR78.22
16Lee Uk-JongKOR78.10
17Detlef MichelGDR77.70
18Tom PetranoffUSA77.48
19Kazuhiro MizoguchiJPN77.46
20Mick HillGBR77.20
21Masami YoshidaJPN76.90
22Terry McHughIRL76.46
23Pascal LefèvreFRA76.42
24Rudolf SteinerSUI76.02
25Roald BradstockGBR75.96
26Zdeněk NenadálTCH75.56
27Siggi EinarssonISL75.52
28Steve FeradayCAN73.32
29Brian CrouserUSA72.72
30Charlus BertimonFRA70.84
31Mike MahovlichCAN69.44
32Stéphane LaporteFRA69.40
33Justin AropUGA69.10
34Zakayo MalekwaTAN67.56
35Ghanem ZaidKUW65.84
36Hafez El-HusseinSYR63.34
37Paul HurlstonCAY62.34
38Abdul Azim Al-AliwatKSA56.32

Qualifying Round, Group A (24 September 1988 — 9:40)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
19Jan ŽeleznýTCH85.9085.90--OR
21Seppo RätyFIN81.6276.7677.7081.62
316Vladimir OvchinnikovURS80.26×77.6880.26
48Kimmo KinnunenFIN80.2477.7080.24-
56Gerald WeißGDR80.2278.2074.8080.22
65Peter BorglundSWE80.1678.6673.7680.16
74Sejad KrdžalićYUG79.9072.4078.0679.90
811Einar VilhjálmssonISL78.9278.4675.6478.92
93Tom PetranoffUSA77.4871.4275.0477.48
102Kazuhiro MizoguchiJPN77.4677.44×77.46
1110Rudolf SteinerSUI76.0276.0267.56×
127Roald BradstockGBR75.9675.9673.6672.60
1318Brian CrouserUSA72.7272.6672.6472.72
1415Charlus BertimonFRA70.8470.8470.5870.48
1513Mike MahovlichCAN69.44×69.4467.32
1617Stéphane LaporteFRA69.4063.66×69.40
1719Zakayo MalekwaTAN67.56×67.1467.56
1814Ghanem ZaidKUW65.8462.8863.5065.84
1912Paul HurlstonCAY62.34×62.3461.78

Qualifying Round, Group B (24 September 1988 — 11:25)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
19Tapio KorjusFIN81.4276.4278.2681.42
27Dave OttleyGBR80.9880.98--
33Klaus TafelmeierFRG80.5277.9875.0880.52
413Dag WennlundSWE79.66×79.66-
516Viktor YevsyukovURS79.2671.1879.26-
61Dave StephensUSA78.4278.4276.8070.86
715Silvio WarsönkeGDR78.2275.8875.7878.22
812Lee Uk-JongKOR78.10×67.9678.10
918Detlef MichelGDR77.7073.5477.6877.70
105Mick HillGBR77.2077.2074.9872.98
118Masami YoshidaJPN76.9074.7671.3876.90
124Terry McHughIRL76.4676.4673.3469.18
132Pascal LefèvreFRA76.4276.4274.5672.90
1410Zdeněk NenadálTCH75.5675.5669.7875.34
1517Siggi EinarssonISL75.5269.1872.9075.52
1619Steve FeradayCAN73.3268.7866.2273.32
1711Justin AropUGA69.1067.5469.1067.68
1814Hafez El-HusseinSYR63.3463.3463.3463.30
196Abdul Azim Al-AliwatKSA56.3256.3253.3249.48

Final Round (25 September 1988 — 12:00)

112Tapio KorjusFIN84.2882.7476.26--×84.28
24Jan ŽeleznýTCH84.12×82.3281.6083.4677.8884.12
31Seppo RätyFIN83.2680.0076.2683.2678.7480.6680.44
410Klaus TafelmeierFRG82.7280.1478.7278.28×77.7682.72
59Viktor YevsyukovURS82.3281.4282.32×80.3881.4279.52
63Gerald WeißGDR81.3080.6681.3079.9477.2677.8078.28
78Vladimir OvchinnikovURS79.1276.4876.5879.12×77.3274.64
86Dag WennlundSWE78.3076.8875.6278.30×76.60×
911Peter BorglundSWE78.2278.1678.2274.76
105Kimmo KinnunenFIN78.0475.6277.7878.04
112Dave OttleyGBR76.9674.5275.7076.96
127Sejad KrdžalićYUG73.2872.1273.28×