| Event type

Javelin Throw, Men

Date26 – 27 July 1980
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants18 from 11 countries

The favorite was Hungary’s Ferenc Paragi but he did not perform well, finishing 10th. East German Detlef Michel was also highly considered but did not even make the final. There were few other big names left in the final. The best Soviet thrower was the Latvian Dainis Kūla but in the final he opened with two fouls. On his third throw he got off a big toss, but it quite obviously landed flat and was a foul. However, the official waved the white flag, indicating a fair throw, and they measured it – at 88.88 (291-7¼) he was now in the lead. Writing in Track & Field News Jim Dunaway noted, )’Incompetent officiating’ is the kind of explanation one can make. ‘Cheating’ is the word many people used. Judge for yourself.) In the next round Kūla hit 91.20 (299-2½) which would win him the gold medal. His teammate, Aleksandr Makarov improved in the final round to 89.64 (294-1¼), which earned him silver. Dunaway concluded, )The competition should be voided by the IAAF and either held again at some future date, or removed from the Olympic records.)

1710Dainis KūlaURS85.76 (3)91.20 (1)Gold
2716Aleksandr MakarovURS83.32 (6)89.64 (2)Silver
3307Wolfgang HanischGDR85.82 (2)86.72 (3)Bronze
4727Heino PuusteURS82.96 (7)86.10 (4)
5213Antero PuranenFIN84.02 (5)85.12 (5)
6216Pentti SinersaariFIN80.30 (10)84.34 (6)
7303Detlef FuhrmannGDR78.80 (11)83.50 (7)
8380Miklós NémethHUN84.84 (4)82.40 (8)
9194Aimo AhoFIN82.12 (9)80.58 (9)
10382Ferenc ParagiHUN88.76 (1)79.52 (10)
1198Stefan StoykovBUL78.74 (12)79.04 (11)
12679Justin AropUGA82.68 (8)77.34 (12)
13 r1/2318Detlef MichelGDR78.34 (13)
14 r1/2278Dave OttleyGBR77.20 (14)
15 r1/2526Dariusz AdamusPOL76.82 (15)
16 r1/2645Zakayo MalekwaTAN71.58 (16)
17 r1/259Inoussa DangouBEN63.56 (17)
18 r1/2172Milkessa ChalchisaETH51.04 (18)

Qualifying Round (26 July 1980 — 12:25)

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

15Ferenc ParagiHUN88.76×72.6088.76Q
26Wolfgang HanischGDR85.8275.2485.82-Q
31Dainis KūlaURS85.7685.76--Q
411Miklós NémethHUN84.8484.84--Q
516Antero PuranenFIN84.0274.7884.02-Q
613Aleksandr MakarovURS83.3283.32--Q
72Heino PuusteURS82.9682.96--Q
817Justin AropUGA82.6863.0276.6482.68Q
99Aimo AhoFIN82.1270.8478.5082.12Q
1015Pentti SinersaariFIN80.30×80.30×Q
1114Detlef FuhrmannGDR78.8072.12×78.80q
124Stefan StoykovBUL78.7470.6278.7471.00q
138Detlef MichelGDR78.3473.3078.50×
147Dave OttleyGBR77.20×77.2071.94
1512Dariusz AdamusPOL76.8269.6875.7276.82
163Zakayo MalekwaTAN71.5871.58×61.66
1710Inoussa DangouBEN63.5654.2063.56×
1818Milkessa ChalchisaETH51.04×51.0447.68

Final Round (27 July 1980 — 17:15)

112Dainis KūlaURS91.20××88.8891.20××
27Aleksandr MakarovURS89.6485.8483.48×84.4088.0489.64
32Wolfgang HanischGDR86.7286.7273.7484.04×××
410Heino PuusteURS86.1086.10×-×-×
56Antero PuranenFIN85.1285.12××78.14×82.94
611Pentti SinersaariFIN84.3475.0884.3482.86×××
74Detlef FuhrmannGDR83.5068.4481.0281.4483.5080.4280.96
85Miklós NémethHUN82.4076.6074.0681.4681.3882.4076.22
91Aimo AhoFIN80.5875.8280.5878.86
109Ferenc ParagiHUN79.52×75.4679.52
118Stefan StoykovBUL79.0477.3274.3879.04
123Justin AropUGA77.3453.5677.34×