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Javelin Throw, Men

Date15 – 16 October 1968
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants27 from 18 countries

Jānis Lūsis was an overwhelming favorite in a usually difficult to predict event. He had won the 1962 and 1966 European Championships, was the world record holder, and had 15 of the best 16 marks in 1968. Finland’s Jorma Kinnunen led in round one with 86.30 (283-1¾), but Lūsis threw 86.34 (283-3¼) in round two to take over. In round four the 1964 silver medalist, Gergely Kulcsár (HUN) threw 87.06 (285-7¾) to take the lead. That held up until the final round. Lūsis opened that round with the gold medal winner, 90.10 (295-7¼), and Kinnunen also bettered Kulcsár with 88.58 (290-7½) to win the silver medal.

1814Jānis LūsisURS83.68 (2)90.10 (1)GoldOR
2335Jorma KinnunenFIN83.16 (3)88.58 (2)SilverOR
3465Gergely KulcsárHUN81.56 (6)87.06 (3)BronzeOR
4675Władysław NikiciukPOL81.00 (8)85.70 (4)
590Manfred StolleGDR81.88 (5)84.42 (5)
6737Åke NilssonSWE84.74 (1)83.48 (6)
7681Janusz SidłoPOL80.12 (10)80.58 (7)
8756Urs von WartburgSUI80.66 (9)80.56 (8)
9291Mark MurroUSA81.14 (7)80.08 (9)
10120Walter PektorAUT82.16 (4)77.40 (10)
11204Aurelio JanetCUB80.10 (11)74.88 (11)
1241Hermann SalomonFRG79.48 (12)73.50 (12)
13 r1/217Rolf HeringsFRG79.08 (13)
14 r1/2338Pauli NevalaFIN77.90 (14)
15 r1/2820Mart PaamaURS77.26 (15)
16 r1/255Klaus WolfermannFRG75.78 (16)
17 r1/2468Miklós NémethHUN75.50 (17)
18 r1/2431Dave TravisGBR74.36 (18)
19 r1/2146Lode WynsBEL73.68 (19)
20 r1/2309Gary StenlundUSA73.52 (20)
21 r1/2265Frank CovelliUSA73.04 (21)
22 r1/2170Bill HeikkilaCAN71.20 (22)
23 r1/2590Nashatar Singh SidhuMAS70.70 (23)
24 r1/2226Rolf HoppeCHI68.32 (24)
25 r1/2331Viliame LigaFIJ62.32 (25)
26 r1/2633Don VélezNCA61.32 (26)
27 r1/2740Rolf BühlerSUI61.06 (27)
DNS440Khristos PierrakosGRE– (DNS)
DNS596Lahcen Samsam AkkaMAR– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (15 October 1968 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 80.00 metres advanced to the final.

1Åke NilssonSWE84.74Q
2Jānis LūsisURS83.68Q
3Jorma KinnunenFIN83.16Q
4Walter PektorAUT82.16Q
5Manfred StolleGDR81.88Q
6Gergely KulcsárHUN81.56Q
7Mark MurroUSA81.14Q
8Władysław NikiciukPOL81.00Q
9Urs von WartburgSUI80.66Q
10Janusz SidłoPOL80.12Q
11Aurelio JanetCUB80.10Q
12Hermann SalomonFRG79.48q
13Rolf HeringsFRG79.08
14Pauli NevalaFIN77.90
15Mart PaamaURS77.26
16Klaus WolfermannFRG75.78
17Miklós NémethHUN75.50
18Dave TravisGBR74.36
19Lode WynsBEL73.68
20Gary StenlundUSA73.52
21Frank CovelliUSA73.04
22Bill HeikkilaCAN71.20
23Nashatar Singh SidhuMAS70.70
24Rolf HoppeCHI68.32
25Viliame LigaFIJ62.32
26Don VélezNCA61.32
27Rolf BühlerSUI61.06
DNSKhristos PierrakosGRE
DNSLahcen Samsam AkkaMAR

Qualifying Round, Group A (15 October 1968)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
18Åke NilssonSWE84.74××84.74
29Jānis LūsisURS83.6883.68--
35Jorma KinnunenFIN83.16×74.1683.16
41Manfred StolleGDR81.8881.88--
53Gergely KulcsárHUN81.5681.56--
62Mark MurroUSA81.1474.1481.14-
714Władysław NikiciukPOL81.0074.1678.2281.00
813Urs von WartburgSUI80.6676.5880.66-
910Janusz SidłoPOL80.1274.9080.12-
1011Hermann SalomonFRG79.4879.48×76.50
117Rolf HeringsFRG79.0879.0877.0078.70
126Pauli NevalaFIN77.90×77.90×
134Mart PaamaURS77.2674.1877.2674.64
1412Frank CovelliUSA73.0470.30×73.04

Qualifying Round, Group B (15 October 1968)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
19Walter PektorAUT82.1682.16--
212Aurelio JanetCUB80.1080.10--
313Klaus WolfermannFRG75.7875.7871.4075.02
41Miklós NémethHUN75.5074.5674.8275.50
514Dave TravisGBR74.3674.2474.3670.84
610Lode WynsBEL73.6873.68××
711Gary StenlundUSA73.5273.5268.8871.44
82Bill HeikkilaCAN71.2070.1071.2070.78
97Nashatar Singh SidhuMAS70.70×63.5870.70
106Rolf HoppeCHI68.3268.3265.8265.86
1115Viliame LigaFIJ62.32×61.6262.32
124Don VélezNCA61.3248.92×61.32
133Rolf BühlerSUI61.0661.06××
DNS8Khristos PierrakosGRE
DNS5Lahcen Samsam AkkaMAR

Final Round (16 October 1968 — 15:00)

11Jānis LūsisURS90.1081.7486.3482.6684.40×90.10OR
25Jorma KinnunenFIN88.5886.30××79.0085.8288.58OR
37Gergely KulcsárHUN87.0683.10×83.8287.0685.1483.40OR
49Władysław NikiciukPOL85.70×85.7082.24×82.3280.44
53Manfred StolleGDR84.42×76.8681.5284.42×79.72
68Åke NilssonSWE83.4883.48×××76.7479.76
712Janusz SidłoPOL80.5880.0076.3680.5875.5077.8676.46
810Urs von WartburgSUI80.5680.5677.0677.22×××
96Mark MurroUSA80.0880.0680.08×
1011Walter PektorAUT77.4075.6477.40×
114Aurelio JanetCUB74.88×74.88×
122Hermann SalomonFRG73.50×71.6473.50