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Javelin Throw, Men

Date26 – 28 August 2004
LocationOlympiako Stadio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants33 from 23 countries

American Breaux Greer led the qualifying with 87.25 (286-3) but injured his always sensitive knee in the process and would finish last in the final. The favorites were Ján Železný and Steve Backley again, along with Russian Sergey Makarov, the 2003 World Champion. Železný and Backley had had great careers but were now past their prime, Železný finishing ninth and Backley fourth, never in the medals. Makarov also did not have his best day, only able to get the bronze medal. In round two, Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen took the lead with 86.50 (283-9½) and that would be good enough for the gold medal. Nobody else could get over 85 metres. He had no major international credentials, although in 2001 he had set the world junior record with 83.87 (275-2). Track & Field News quoted Thorkildsen as saying, “If you had said the words ‘Olympic champion’ to me yesterday, I wouldn’t have believed you. But now it sounds great.”

12626Andreas ThorkildsenNOR81.74 (8)86.50 (1)Gold
22429Vadims VasiļevskisLAT84.43 (3)84.95 (2)Silver
32911Sergey MakarovRUS86.08 (2)84.84 (3)Bronze
41788Steve BackleyGBR80.68 (12)84.13 (4)
52883Aleksandr IvanovRUS82.18 (6)83.31 (5)
61651Andrus VärnikEST83.25 (5)83.25 (6)
72427Ēriks RagsLAT80.84 (11)83.14 (7)
81705Tero PitkämäkiFIN82.04 (7)83.01 (8)
91524Jan ŽeleznýCZE81.18 (9)80.59 (9)
101702Matti NärhiFIN81.06 (10)80.28 (10)
111699Esko MikkolaFIN83.64 (4)79.43 (11)
123269Breaux GreerUSA87.25 (1)74.36 (12)
13 r1/21464Isbel LuacesCUB80.07 (13)
14 r1/22832Hardus PienaarRSA79.95 (14)
15 r1/21356Li RongxiangCHN79.94 (15)
16 r1/21917Christian NicolayGER79.77 (16)
17 r1/22422Voldemārs LūsisLAT79.27 (17)
18 r1/22277Yukifumi MurakamiJPN78.59 (18)
19 r1/21059Oliver DziubakAUS78.53 (19)
20 r1/21876Peter EsenweinGER78.41 (20)
21 r1/21063William Hamlyn-HarrisAUS77.43 (21)
22 r1/23024Peter ZupancSLO77.34 (22)
23 r1/21494Miroslav GuzdekCZE76.45 (23)
24 r1/23387Sergey VoynovUZB74.68 (24)
25 r1/22633Stuart FarquharNZL74.63 (25)
26 r1/22072Gergely HorváthHUN73.95 (26)
27 r1/22621Ronny NilsenNOR73.46 (27)
28 r1/21826Nick NielandGBR72.79 (28)
29 r1/22391Park Jae-MyeongKOR72.70 (29)
30 r1/23393Manuel FuenmayorVEN72.26 (30)
31 r1/21724David BrisseaultFRA71.86 (31)
32 r1/23057Marián BokorSVK71.74 (32)
33 r1/21436Edi PonošCRO71.43 (33)
DNS1890Boris HenryGER– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (26 August 2004)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 81.00 metres advanced to the final.

1Breaux GreerUSA87.25Q
2Sergey MakarovRUS86.08Q
3Vadims VasiļevskisLAT84.43Q
4Esko MikkolaFIN83.64Q
5Andrus VärnikEST83.25Q
6Aleksandr IvanovRUS82.18Q
7Tero PitkämäkiFIN82.04Q
8Andreas ThorkildsenNOR81.74Q
9Jan ŽeleznýCZE81.18Q
10Matti NärhiFIN81.06Q
11Ēriks RagsLAT80.84q
12Steve BackleyGBR80.68q
13Isbel LuacesCUB80.07
14Hardus PienaarRSA79.95
15Li RongxiangCHN79.94
16Christian NicolayGER79.77
17Voldemārs LūsisLAT79.27
18Yukifumi MurakamiJPN78.59
19Oliver DziubakAUS78.53
20Peter EsenweinGER78.41
21William Hamlyn-HarrisAUS77.43
22Peter ZupancSLO77.34
23Miroslav GuzdekCZE76.45
24Sergey VoynovUZB74.68
25Stuart FarquharNZL74.63
26Gergely HorváthHUN73.95
27Ronny NilsenNOR73.46
28Nick NielandGBR72.79
29Park Jae-MyeongKOR72.70
30Manuel FuenmayorVEN72.26
31David BrisseaultFRA71.86
32Marián BokorSVK71.74
33Edi PonošCRO71.43
DNSBoris HenryGER

Qualifying Round, Group A (26 August 2004 — 20:05)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
113Breaux GreerUSA87.2587.25--
210Sergey MakarovRUS86.0886.08--
39Esko MikkolaFIN83.6483.64--
44Andrus VärnikEST83.2583.25--
517Matti NärhiFIN81.0681.06--
614Steve BackleyGBR80.6880.6080.6880.39
75Hardus PienaarRSA79.9579.9574.6979.56
88Christian NicolayGER79.7779.77×78.50
916Voldemārs LūsisLAT79.2779.27××
106William Hamlyn-HarrisAUS77.4369.6474.3477.43
1112Peter ZupancSLO77.3474.1172.4277.34
1211Miroslav GuzdekCZE76.4576.4575.3675.75
133Gergely HorváthHUN73.9573.4573.9572.05
142Ronny NilsenNOR73.46×73.46×
151Manuel FuenmayorVEN72.2672.2668.7272.14
167David BrisseaultFRA71.8668.7071.8669.58
1715Marián BokorSVK71.7468.2171.7467.73

Qualifying Round, Group B1 (26 August 2004 — 21:50)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
110Vadims VasiļevskisLAT84.4384.43--
217Aleksandr IvanovRUS82.1882.18--
315Tero PitkämäkiFIN82.0482.04--
48Andreas ThorkildsenNOR81.7481.74--
57Jan ŽeleznýCZE81.1881.18--
611Ēriks RagsLAT80.8477.9280.84×
716Isbel LuacesCUB80.0780.0777.5379.07
814Li RongxiangCHN79.9479.73×79.94
92Yukifumi MurakamiJPN78.5977.2577.6078.59
105Oliver DziubakAUS78.5377.2178.5375.57
116Peter EsenweinGER78.4175.1873.7678.41
1213Sergey VoynovUZB74.6874.6874.0872.71
1312Stuart FarquharNZL74.6374.2473.0774.63
141Nick NielandGBR72.7968.8671.3172.79
153Park Jae-MyeongKOR72.7063.0167.6072.70
164Edi PonošCRO71.4366.73×71.43
DNS9Boris HenryGER

Final Round (28 August 2004 — 20:40)

11/8Andreas ThorkildsenNOR86.5084.8286.5080.96×--
28/7Vadims VasiļevskisLAT84.9584.9583.95××79.0780.91
35/6Sergey MakarovRUS84.8484.84×77.5978.0082.5184.32
412/5Steve BackleyGBR84.1379.6281.4884.1383.02×81.62
54/4Aleksandr IvanovRUS83.3183.3182.7681.3680.2878.0779.99
610/3Andrus VärnikEST83.2583.2582.72××-76.41
72/2Ēriks RagsLAT83.1477.1383.1481.69××78.63
811/1Tero PitkämäkiFIN83.0180.3883.01××81.19×
96Jan ŽeleznýCZE80.5976.7779.9880.59
107Matti NärhiFIN80.28×80.2878.73
119Esko MikkolaFIN79.4376.2079.4376.23
123Breaux GreerUSA74.3674.36××