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Javelin Throw, Men

Date2 – 3 September 1972
LocationOlympiastadion, Olympiapark, München
Participants23 from 15 countries

Defending champion Jānis Lūsis was again heavily favored, having won the last four European Championships. Nobody had approached him all year, and he had broken the world record in July. Lūsis led off with 88.88 (291-7¼) in round one to take the lead and held it until round five, with an improvement to 89.54 (293-9¼) in the third round. But in round five, the relatively unheralded German, Klaus Wolfermann threw 90.48 (296-10¼) to take the top spot. In the final round, Lūsis made a supreme effort to hold onto to his title, but came up two centimeters short – 90.46 (296-9½). This did give him a complete set of medals in the javelin, having won bronze in 1964.

1412Klaus WolfermannFRG86.22 (1)90.48 (1)GoldOR
2946Jānis LūsisURS82.92 (2)90.46 (2)Silver
31010Bill SchmidtUSA78.96 (10)84.42 (3)Bronze
4221Hannu SiitonenFIN81.80 (3)84.32 (4)
5679Bjørn GrimnesNOR77.54 (12)83.08 (5)
6209Jorma KinnunenFIN80.10 (7)82.08 (6)
7464Miklós NémethHUN81.78 (4)81.98 (7)
8996Fred LukeUSA81.34 (5)80.06 (8)
9350Manfred StolleGDR80.78 (6)79.32 (9)
101020Milt SonskyUSA79.96 (8)77.94 (10)
11269Lolésio TuitaFRA78.78 (11)76.34 (11)
12452József CsíkHUN79.08 (9)76.14 (12)
13 r1/289Rick DowswellCAN77.42 (13)
14 r1/2460Gergely KulcsárHUN77.24 (14)
15 r1/2834Urs von WartburgSUI76.36 (15)
16 r1/287André ClaudeCAN75.56 (16)
17 r1/2313Dave TravisGBR74.68 (17)
18 r1/2364Günter GlasauerFRG73.12 (18)
19 r1/2114Jacques Abehi AyéCIV72.20 (19)
20 r1/2512Renzo CramerottiITA71.12 (20)
21 r1/2651Don VélezNCA63.74 (21)
22 r1/217Abdul Atif Al-QahtaniKSA53.06 (22)
AC r1/2216Leo PusaFIN– (AC)

Qualifying Round (2 September 1972 — 10:00)

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

1Klaus WolfermannFRG86.22Q
2Jānis LūsisURS82.92Q
3Hannu SiitonenFIN81.80Q
4Miklós NémethHUN81.78Q
5Fred LukeUSA81.34Q
6Manfred StolleGDR80.78Q
7Jorma KinnunenFIN80.10Q
8Milt SonskyUSA79.96q
9József CsíkHUN79.08q
10Bill SchmidtUSA78.96q
11Lolésio TuitaFRA78.78q
12Bjørn GrimnesNOR77.54q
13Rick DowswellCAN77.42
14Gergely KulcsárHUN77.24
15Urs von WartburgSUI76.36
16André ClaudeCAN75.56
17Dave TravisGBR74.68
18Günter GlasauerFRG73.12
19Jacques Abehi AyéCIV72.20
20Renzo CramerottiITA71.12
21Don VélezNCA63.74
22Abdul Atif Al-QahtaniKSA53.06

Qualifying Round, Group A (2 September 1972)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
111Klaus WolfermannFRG86.2286.22--
23Hannu SiitonenFIN81.8081.80--
31Fred LukeUSA81.3481.34--
410Jorma KinnunenFIN80.1080.10--
56Bill SchmidtUSA78.9675.2875.9078.96
62Lolésio TuitaFRA78.7875.3678.7877.34
79Bjørn GrimnesNOR77.54×77.54×
84Gergely KulcsárHUN77.24××77.24
912André ClaudeCAN75.5675.56××
107Renzo CramerottiITA71.1271.12××
118Abdul Atif Al-QahtaniKSA53.06××53.06

Qualifying Round, Group B (2 September 1972)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
14Jānis LūsisURS82.9282.92--
23Miklós NémethHUN81.7870.9081.78-
31Manfred StolleGDR80.7880.78--
49Milt SonskyUSA79.9679.9678.7874.24
58József CsíkHUN79.0879.08××
62Rick DowswellCAN77.4266.5472.5277.42
77Urs von WartburgSUI76.3676.36×76.20
86Dave TravisGBR74.6874.6870.1074.30
910Günter GlasauerFRG73.12××73.12
1012Jacques Abehi AyéCIV72.2072.20××
1111Don VélezNCA63.74×63.74×
AC5Leo PusaFIN×××NM

Final Round (3 September 1972 — 15:30)

17Klaus WolfermannFRG90.4886.6885.14×88.4090.4884.70OR
24Jānis LūsisURS90.4688.88×89.54×81.6690.46
33Bill SchmidtUSA84.4275.9684.42×79.9284.12×
41Hannu SiitonenFIN84.3284.32×××××
58Bjørn GrimnesNOR83.0871.8682.3883.08×××
612Jorma KinnunenFIN82.08×82.0875.76××77.60
75Miklós NémethHUN81.9880.8081.9878.5881.88×81.40
811Fred LukeUSA80.0666.64×80.0679.7071.46×
92Manfred StolleGDR79.32××79.32
109Milt SonskyUSA77.9477.6277.9472.38
116Lolésio TuitaFRA76.3476.34×69.38
1210József CsíkHUN76.1475.5276.14×