| Event type

Javelin Throw, Freestyle, Men

Date26 April 1906 — 15:00
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants22 from 8 countries
FormatFinal only.

This was the first international javelin event, and the Scandinavian countries wasted no time in establishing their dominance of the event, taking the first four places. Eric Lemming won by a laughable margin, setting a new world record with 53.90 metres, surpassing the mark of 53.79 which he had set in Stockholm on 31 May 1903. He would repeat this championship at the 1908 and 1912 Olympics. Overall, Lemming would eventually win six Olympic medals, four in javelin events (1906 [1], 1908 [1], 1908 freestyle [1], 1912 [1]), and in the 1906 shot put and pentathlon. Lemming competed in the era before the IAAF (International Amateur Athletic Federation) began to officially ratify world records, but he is credited with 13 or 14 world records, and his mark of 62.32 set at the 1912 Olympics was the first world javelin record officially ratified by the IAAF.

In the very narrow Panathenaic stadium, with long straightaways and sharp turns, there was very little room to throw the javelin. The athletes had difficulty keeping their throws on the field and not have them land on the track. Fortunately no running events were conducted at the same time which would have put the runners at grave danger (is there any other kind?).

1Eric LemmingSWE53.90049.660 (NP)53.900 (NP)GoldWR
2Knut LindbergSWE45.17044.860 (NP)45.170 (NP)Silver
3Bruno SöderströmSWE44.92044.920 (NP)Bronze
4Hjalmar MellanderSWE44.300
5Verner JärvinenFIN44.250
6Heikki ÅhlmanFIN44.000
7Arne HalseNOR43.600
8Conrad CarlsrudNOR
9Uno HäggmanFIN43.250
10František SoučekBOH39.000
11Pál VarghaHUN38.750
ACKarl KaltenbachGER
ACPaul WeinsteinGER
ACVasilios PapageorgiouGRE
ACAndreas TsoliasGRE
ACE. ParousisGRE
ACStavros AntoniadisGRE
ACEpaminonas AnezakisCRT
ACMihály DávidHUN
ACIstván MudinHUN
ACGyörgy LuntzerHUN
ACGyula StrauszHUN
DNSErik GranfeltSWE
DNSThorbjørn WangenNOR
DNSArthur MallwitzGER
DNSNikolaos GeorgantasGRE
DNSJohn FalchenbergNOR
DNSOtto NilssonSWE
DNSWilly DörrGER
DNSPatestos PatestidisGRE
DNSG. SolidakisGRE