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Javelin Throw, Women

Date5 – 6 August 1984
LocationLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Participants24 from 16 countries
Olympic Record 68.40 / María Colón CUB / 25 July 1980

This was one women’s throwing event that was not completely devalued by the Soviet-led boycott. The 1983 World Champion had been Finland’s Tiina Lillak, who had won in front of her home country fans. Two British throwers, Fatima Whitbread and Tessa Sanderson, were also among the world’s top javelinists. Whitbread was the runner-up in 1983 at Helsinki, while the bronze medalist at the Worlds was another woman competing in Los Angeles, Anna Verouli of Greece, who had also won the 1982 European Championships. In round one, Sanderson took the lead with 69.56 (228-2¾) and that would hold up for the gold medal. Lillak recorded 69.00 (226-4½) in the second round despite a foot injury that caused her to pass her last four throws, but that was good enough for silver.

1172Tessa SandersonGBR61.58 (5)69.56 (1)GoldOR
297Tiina LillakFIN63.30 (2)69.00 (2)Silver
3181Fatima WhitbreadGBR65.30 (1)67.14 (3)Bronze
495Tuula LaaksaloFIN60.42 (10)66.40 (4)
5288Trine SolbergNOR62.68 (3)64.52 (5)
6140Ingrid ThyssenFRG60.86 (9)63.26 (6)
7131Beate PetersFRG61.56 (6)62.34 (7)
8395Karin SmithUSA61.38 (7)62.06 (8)
9157Sharon GibsonGBR60.88 (8)59.66 (9)
10397Cathy SulinskiUSA59.00 (12)58.38 (10)
1196Helena LaineFIN61.80 (4)58.18 (11)
1218Petra RiversAUS59.12 (11)56.20 (12)
13 r1/2192Regula EggerSUI57.88 (13)
14 r1/2255Emi MatsuiJPN57.72 (14)
15 r1/2233Fausta QuintavallaITA57.66 (15)
16 r1/2325Minori MoriJPN56.60 (16)
17 r1/286Agnès TchuintéCMR55.94 (17)
18 r1/2398Lynda Hughes SutfinUSA55.92 (18)
19 r1/2256Zhu HongyangCHN53.18 (19)
20 r1/281Sonia SmithBER52.74 (20)
21 r1/2345Lee Hui-ChengTPE52.46 (21)
22 r1/2221Íris GrönfeldtISL48.70 (22)
23 r1/2277Jennifer PaceMLT47.92 (23)
AC r1/233Anna VerouliGRE58.62 (AC)
DNS284Iammogapi LaunaPNG– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (5 August 1984 — 9:30)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 60.00 metres advanced to the final.

1Fatima WhitbreadGBR65.30Q
2Tiina LillakFIN63.30Q
3Trine SolbergNOR62.68Q
4Helena LaineFIN61.80Q
5Tessa SandersonGBR61.58Q
6Beate PetersFRG61.56Q
7Karin SmithUSA61.38Q
8Sharon GibsonGBR60.88Q
9Ingrid ThyssenFRG60.86Q
10Tuula LaaksaloFIN60.42Q
11Petra RiversAUS59.12q
12Cathy SulinskiUSA59.00q
13Regula EggerSUI57.88
14Emi MatsuiJPN57.72
15Fausta QuintavallaITA57.66
16Minori MoriJPN56.60
17Agnès TchuintéCMR55.94
18Lynda Hughes SutfinUSA55.92
19Zhu HongyangCHN53.18
20Sonia SmithBER52.74
21Lee Hui-ChengTPE52.46
22Íris GrönfeldtISL48.70
23Jennifer PaceMLT47.92
ACAnna VerouliGRE58.62DQ1
DNSIammogapi LaunaPNG

Qualifying Round, Group A (5 August 1984)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
111Fatima WhitbreadGBR65.3065.30--
210Tiina LillakFIN63.3063.30--
32Karin SmithUSA61.3861.38--
46Ingrid ThyssenFRG60.8660.86--
55Tuula LaaksaloFIN60.4259.6460.42-
613Petra RiversAUS59.1254.2959.12×
78Emi MatsuiJPN57.7255.9257.7255.94
87Fausta QuintavallaITA57.6656.4857.6655.66
91Agnès TchuintéCMR55.9455.94×51.86
103Lynda Hughes SutfinUSA55.9255.7051.3655.92
1112Lee Hui-ChengTPE52.4651.1852.4649.54
124Íris GrönfeldtISL48.7047.3448.7048.16
139Jennifer PaceMLT47.9247.92×47.68

Qualifying Round, Group B (5 August 1984)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
13Trine SolbergNOR62.6862.68--
27Helena LaineFIN61.80×61.80-
31Tessa SandersonGBR61.5861.58--
42Beate PetersFRG61.5661.56--
59Sharon GibsonGBR60.8860.88--
68Cathy SulinskiUSA59.0054.32×59.00
75Regula EggerSUI57.8856.3257.8057.88
84Minori MoriJPN56.6046.8856.60-
911Zhu HongyangCHN53.1853.1850.98-
106Sonia SmithBER52.7451.48×52.74
AC10Anna VerouliGRE58.6257.72×58.62DQ2
DNS12Iammogapi LaunaPNG

Final Round (6 August 1984 — 18:15)

18Tessa SandersonGBR69.5669.5666.5663.6864.8466.8664.10OR
212Tiina LillakFIN69.0061.1469.00----
37Fatima WhitbreadGBR67.1464.5265.42×65.8267.14×
411Tuula LaaksaloFIN66.4058.4261.38×66.4059.6465.72
52Trine SolbergNOR64.5264.5260.90××××
610Ingrid ThyssenFRG63.2661.1263.2655.8455.9860.4258.26
71Beate PetersFRG62.3461.8459.90×61.2457.9862.34
85Karin SmithUSA62.0660.54×55.9259.14×62.06
94Sharon GibsonGBR59.6654.96×59.66
106Cathy SulinskiUSA58.3854.2658.38×
113Helena LaineFIN58.18××58.18
129Petra RiversAUS56.2055.8856.20×