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Javelin Throw, Men

Date 6 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants25 from 7 countries

Javelin throwing in 1912 was immensely popular in Scandanavia, and there was little doubt that an athlete from that region would win. Of the 24 competitors in this event, 17 were from Scandanavia (3 Germans, 2 Russians, 1 Austrian, 1 Hungarian), and 14 of the top 15 places went to Scandanavian athletes. The world record at the time of the Olympics was 61.45, set on 25 May 1912 by Finland’s Julius Saaristo. Saaristo was likely the co-favorite with the defending champion, Sweden’s Eric Lemming.

But Lemming dominated the event. He defeated Saaristo in both the qualifying and the final, winning by two metres. It was his fourth, and final, javelin gold medal at the Olympics. In 1906 he had won the event at Athens, while at London in 1908, he won both the conventional and freestyle javelin events.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1Eric LemmingSWE57.42 (1)60.64 (1)GoldOR
2Julius SaaristoFIN55.37 (2)58.66 (2)Silver
3Miklós KovácsHUN54.99 (3)55.50 (3)Bronze
4Juho HalmeFIN54.65 (4)
5Väinö SiikaniemiFIN52.43 (5)
6Richard ÅbrinkSWE52.20 (6)
7Arne HalseNOR51.98 (7)
8Jonni MyyräFIN51.33 (8)
9Urho PeltonenFIN49.20 (9)
10Otto NilssonSWE49.18 (10)
11Hilding SonneSWE47.85 (11)
12Daniel JohansenNOR47.61 (12)
13Svante OlssonSWE46.94 (13)
14William KrigsmanSWE46.71 (14)
15Janne DahlSWE45.67 (15)
16Arvid OhrlingSWE45.32 (16)
17Nikolay NeklepayevRUS44.98 (17)
18Emil KukkoFIN44.66 (18)
19Josef WaitzerGER43.71 (19)
20Nikolajs ŠvedrēvicsRUS43.21 (20)
21Algot LarssonSWE43.18 (21)
22Karl von HaltGER41.99 (22)
23Paul WillführGER41.05 (23)
ACGustav KrojerAUT– (NP)NM
ACEskil FalkSWE– (NP)NM
DNSHarry LottUSA
DNSOlaf IngebrigtsenNOR
DNSHugo AhrénSWE
DNSJørgen Kornerup-BangDEN
DNSCesare FrassineITA
DNSBruno BroddUSA
DNSThomas LundUSA
DNSMikhail NomikosGRE
DNSMáté SzákallHUN
DNSUrho AaltonenFIN
DNSGustave LemassonFRA
DNSGiulio AlvisiITA
DNSColombo ZevolaITA
DNSFurio BiniITA
DNSUbaldo BianchiITA
DNSJim MitchelUSA
DNSPierre FailliotFRA
DNSCharles LagardeFRA
DNSRaoul PaoliFRA
DNSAndré TisonFRA
DNSKostas TsiklitirasGRE
DNSIstván MudinHUN
DNSRezső UjlakiHUN
DNSManlio LegatITA
DNSMarcel PelletierLUX
DNSFerdinand BieNOR
DNSJulius WagnerSUI
DNSHugo WieslanderSWE
DNSMkrtich MkryanTUR
DNSPlatt AdamsUSA
DNSSam BellahUSA
DNSDick ByrdUSA
DNSLarry WhitneyUSA
DNSAndré DésfargesFRA

Qualifying Round (6 July 1912 — 13:00)

Qualifiers were seperated into four groups. Top three throwers qualified for the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Eric LemmingSWE57.42QOR
2Julius SaaristoFIN55.37QOR
3Miklós KovácsHUN54.99Q
4Juho HalmeFIN54.65
5Väinö SiikaniemiFIN52.43
6Richard ÅbrinkSWE52.20
7Arne HalseNOR51.98
8Jonni MyyräFIN51.33
9Urho PeltonenFIN49.20
10Otto NilssonSWE49.18
11Hilding SonneSWE47.85
12Daniel JohansenNOR47.61
13Svante OlssonSWE46.94
14William KrigsmanSWE46.71
15Janne DahlSWE45.67
16Arvid OhrlingSWE45.32
17Nikolay NeklepayevRUS44.98
18Emil KukkoFIN44.66
19Josef WaitzerGER43.71
20Nikolajs ŠvedrēvicsRUS43.21
21Algot LarssonSWE43.18
22Karl von HaltGER41.99
23Paul WillführGER41.05
NPGustav KrojerAUT
NPEskil FalkSWE

Qualifying Round, Group A (6 July 1912 — 13:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
1Eric LemmingSWE57.4253.0254.7857.42OR
2Julius SaaristoFIN55.3754.7555.37×
3Juho HalmeFIN54.6553.8154.65×
4Urho PeltonenFIN49.2049.20××
5Otto NilssonSWE49.1847.5948.0149.18
6Hilding SonneSWE47.85×47.85×
7Svante OlssonSWE46.9446.94××
8Arvid OhrlingSWE45.3245.0045.32×
9Josef WaitzerGER43.7141.9943.2043.71

Qualifying Round, Group B (6 July 1912 — 13:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
1Jonni MyyräFIN51.3348.7751.33×
2Nikolay NeklepayevRUS44.98×44.7844.98
3Emil KukkoFIN44.6644.50×44.66
4Nikolajs ŠvedrēvicsRUS43.21×43.21×
5Karl von HaltGER41.99×41.99×
6Paul WillführGER41.0541.05××

Qualifying Round, Group C (6 July 1912 — 13:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup C Round OneGroup C Round TwoGroup C Round Three
1Miklós KovácsHUN54.9954.06×54.99
2Richard ÅbrinkSWE52.2046.5648.2552.20
3Arne HalseNOR51.9851.98××
4William KrigsmanSWE46.7145.1445.4846.71
5Algot LarssonSWE43.1843.18××
ACGustav KrojerAUT×××NM

Qualifying Round, Group D (6 July 1912 — 13:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup D Round OneGroup D Round TwoGroup D Round Three
1Väinö SiikaniemiFIN52.4352.19×52.43
2Daniel JohansenNOR47.6146.1846.8747.61
3Janne DahlSWE45.67×44.0945.67
ACEskil FalkSWE×××NM

Final Round (6 July 1912 — 15:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
1Eric LemmingSWE60.6460.64×59.00estOR
2Julius SaaristoFIN58.6656.21×58.66
3Miklós KovácsHUN55.50××55.50