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Javelin Throw, Men

Date23 July 1952
StatusOlympic
LocationHelsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Participants26 from 16 countries

The event was considered open with no favorite going into Helsinki. The Finns were always formidable, led by Toivo Hyytiäinen, the 1950 European Champion. The United States was surprisingly good, with three medal contenders in Cy Young, Bill Miller, and Franklin )Bud) Held. Held would later set several world records but placed only ninth in Helsinki. But Young and Miller won gold and silver, respectively, pushing Hyytiäinen back to the bronze medal. Young won the gold with his second throw of 73.78 (242-0¾). He was no relation to Cy Young, the baseball pitcher, though both were great throwers.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
11029Cy YoungUSA67.26 (6)73.78 (1)GoldOR
21028Bill MillerUSA64.81 (13)72.46 (2)Silver
3812Toivo HyytiäinenFIN71.29 (1)71.89 (3)Bronze
4458Viktor TsybulenkoURS69.42 (3)71.72 (4)
5336Branko DangubićYUG66.58 (9)70.55 (5)
6456Vladimir KuznetsovURS64.38 (17)70.37 (6)
7705Ragnar EriczonSWE66.68 (10)69.04 (7)
8813Soini NikkinenFIN67.15 (8)68.80 (8)
91027Bud HeldUSA68.62 (4)68.42 (9)
10704Per-Arne BerglundSWE71.28 (2)67.47 (10)
11703Otto BengtssonSWE67.58 (5)65.50 (11)
12748Herbert KoschelGER67.22 (7)64.54 (12)
13457Yury ShcherbakovURS64.39 (16)64.52 (13)
14208Dick MillerGBR65.21 (11)63.75 (14)
1510Ricardo HéberARG64.82 (12)62.82 (15)
16814Eino LeppänenFIN64.47 (15)62.61 (16)
17258Amos MatteucciITA64.50 (14)61.67 (17)
18 r1/2579Janusz SidłoPOL62.16 (18)
19 r1/2207Michael DenleyGBR61.58 (19)
20 r1/2580Zbigniew RadziwonowiczPOL61.56 (20)
21 r1/2926Halil ZıramanTUR61.19 (21)
22 r1/2384Aristidis RoubanisGRE60.55 (22)
23 r1/2953József VárszegiHUN56.82 (23)
24 r1/2535Jalal KhanPAK55.56 (24)
25 r1/2550Reynaldo OliverPUR52.40 (25)
26 r1/2977Brígido IriarteVEN52.13 (26)
DNS102Pedro ApellánizESP– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (23 July 1952 — 10:00)

All those reaching 64.00 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance2nd Best
1Toivo HyytiäinenFIN71.29Q
2Per-Arne BerglundSWE71.28Q
3Viktor TsybulenkoURS69.42Q
4Bud HeldUSA68.62Q
5Otto BengtssonSWE67.58Q
6Cy YoungUSA67.26Q
7Herbert KoschelGER67.22Q
8Soini NikkinenFIN67.15Q
9Branko DangubićYUG66.5853.19Q
10Ragnar EriczonSWE66.68Q
11Dick MillerGBR65.21Q
12Ricardo HéberARG64.82Q
13Bill MillerUSA64.81Q
14Amos MatteucciITA64.50Q
15Eino LeppänenFIN64.47Q
16Yury ShcherbakovURS64.39Q
17Vladimir KuznetsovURS64.38Q
18Janusz SidłoPOL62.16
19Michael DenleyGBR61.58
20Zbigniew RadziwonowiczPOL61.561
21Halil ZıramanTUR61.19
22Aristidis RoubanisGRE60.55
23József VárszegiHUN56.82
24Jalal KhanPAK55.56
25Reynaldo OliverPUR52.40
26Brígido IriarteVEN52.13
DNSPedro ApellánizESP

Qualifying Round, Group A (23 July 1952)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
19Toivo HyytiäinenFIN71.2971.29--
23Per-Arne BerglundSWE71.2871.28--
38Bud HeldUSA68.6260.4268.62-
42Otto BengtssonSWE67.5867.58--
512Herbert KoschelGER67.2267.22--
66Ragnar EriczonSWE66.6866.68--
74Branko DangubićYUG66.5853.1966.58-
87Ricardo HéberARG64.8260.4164.82-
914Eino LeppänenFIN64.4763.3264.47-
1013Vladimir KuznetsovURS64.3863.5064.38-
115Michael DenleyGBR61.58×55.1561.58
1211Jalal KhanPAK55.5653.3451.0055.56
1310Brígido IriarteVEN52.1352.1352.1047.84
DNS1Pedro ApellánizESP

Qualifying Round, Group B (23 July 1952)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
112Viktor TsybulenkoURS69.4269.42--
211Cy YoungUSA67.2658.5267.26-
34Soini NikkinenFIN67.1567.15--
42Dick MillerGBR65.2162.3060.6965.21
53Bill MillerUSA64.8164.81--
61Amos MatteucciITA64.5062.1964.50-
78Yury ShcherbakovURS64.3959.7964.39-
89Janusz SidłoPOL62.1659.5262.1659.33
96Zbigniew RadziwonowiczPOL61.56×61.5656.742
1013Halil ZıramanTUR61.1959.68×61.19
117Aristidis RoubanisGRE60.5560.5540.85-
1210József VárszegiHUN56.8254.1856.5956.82
135Reynaldo OliverPUR52.40××52.40

Final Round (23 July 1952 — 16:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
110Cy YoungUSA73.7868.4573.7872.8065.7371.73×OR
212Bill MillerUSA72.4672.4671.6563.9565.4166.9770.45
35Toivo HyytiäinenFIN71.8971.8971.2470.2570.0069.5571.16
48Viktor TsybulenkoURS71.7271.7270.4466.4871.3766.49×
52Branko DangubićYUG70.5566.2161.0970.5558.94××
63Vladimir KuznetsovURS70.3770.3765.7164.8156.1658.0860.10
716Ragnar EriczonSWE69.0469.0464.5568.02
89Soini NikkinenFIN68.8068.8064.0861.58
94Bud HeldUSA68.4268.42××
1014Per-Arne BerglundSWE67.4758.9367.4764.13
1115Otto BengtssonSWE65.5065.5063.9264.58
1213Herbert KoschelGER64.54×64.5464.06
1317Yury ShcherbakovURS64.5264.5260.0960.79
1411Dick MillerGBR63.75×63.7559.64
157Ricardo HéberARG62.8260.4362.7062.82
166Eino LeppänenFIN62.6158.2862.61×
171Amos MatteucciITA61.6759.7561.6761.38