Olympics
List of all Olympics Men's Javelin Throw winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Men's Javelin Throw

Javelin throw for men has been the part and parcel of Olympics schedule since the 1908 London Summer Games.

Javelin
Javelin is a spear like object made of metal or fibre glass. Weight of the men's javelin is determined to 800 grams.

Rules and Regulations
Rules and regulations for the javelin throw are determined by the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF. Experts of the IAAF oversee the event in the Olympics.
  • Players are not permitted to get out of the competition area without the consent of the judge.
  • Body movement of the athletes during and post show is governed by the IAAF rules and regulations.
  • Specifications of the weight and the length of the javelin used are set by the IAAF.
  • Every athlete gets several chances to throw the event.
  • For determining the medalists of the competition, the best throw of the athletes are measured.
  • If the javelin lands flat, the distance is measured from the back of the javelin.
  • The throw is not counted if the tail of the javelin lands first.
  • If two athletes have tied, the second best throw is taken to determine the winner.
  • The throw is marked from the point where the javelin touches the ground.
Competition
All athletes participating take three throws after which the top eight take another three. The winner is the individual with the longest legal javelin throw.

Techniques
Physical power is passed on to javelin to enhance its velocity. Stretching and sprint training are used to increase the speed of the athlete at the time of release. The speed of the javelin also increases subsequently.

Top Performers
Men athletes who have excelled in javelin throw events at the Olympics are Andreas Thorkildsen, Seppo Raty, Tapio Rautavaara, Uwe Hohn, Breaux Greer, Egil Danielsen, Steve Backley, Boris Henry, Konstadinos Gatsioudis, Tero Pitkamaki, Jan Zelezny, Eric Lemming, Vadims Vasilevskis, Andrus Varnik, Tom Petranoff, Aki Parviainen, Miklos Nemeth, Jonni Myyra, Sergey Makarov, Janis Lusis, Gergely Kulcsar, Dainis Kula, Tapio Korjus, Matti Jarvinen and Arto Harkonen.

Men's Javelin Throw Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1908 Eric Lemming
Sweden
Arne Halse
Norway
Otto Nilsson
Sweden
1912 Eric Lemming
Sweden
Juho Saaristo
Finland
Mór Kóczán
Hungary
1920 Jonni Myyrä
Finland
Urho Pellervo Peltonen
Finland
Paavo Jaale-Johansson
Finland
1924 Jonni Myyrä
Finland
Gunnar Lindström
Sweden
Eugene Oberst
United States
1928 Erik Lundqvist
Sweden
Béla Szepes
Hungary
Olav Sunde
Norway
1932 Matti Järvinen
Finland
Matti Sippala
Finland
Eino Penttilä
Finland
1936 Gerhard Stöck
Germany
Yrjö NIKKANEN
Finland
Kalervo TOIVONEN
Finland
1948 Tapio RAUTAVAARA
Finland
Steve Seymour
United States
József Várszegi
Hungary
1952 Cy Young
United States
Bill Miller
United States
Toivo HYYTIÄINEN
Finland
1956 Egil DANIELSEN
Norway
Janusz Sidlo
Poland
Viktor Tsybulenko
Soviet Union
1960 Viktor Tsybulenko
Soviet Union
Walter KRÜGER
United Team Of Germany
Gergely Kulcsár
Hungary
1964 Pauli Nevala
Finland
Gergely Kulcsár
Hungary
Yanis Lusis
Soviet Union
1968 Yanis Lusis
Soviet Union
Jorma Kinnunen
Finland
Gergely Kulcsár
Hungary
1972 Klaus Wolfermann
West Germany
Janis Lusis
Soviet Union
Bill Schmidt
United States
1976 Miklós Németh
Hungary
Hannu Siitonen
Finland
Gheorghe Megelea
Romania
1980 Dainis Kula
Soviet Union
Aleksandr Makarov
Soviet Union
Wolfgang Hanisch
East Germany
1984 Arto Härkönen
Finland
David Ottley
Great Britain
Kenth Eldebrink
Sweden
1988 Tapio Korjus
Finland
Jan Železný
Czechoslovakia
Seppo Räty
Finland
1992 Jan Železný
Czechoslovakia
Seppo Räty
Finland
Steve Backley
Great Britain
1996 Jan Železný
Czech Republic
Steve Backley
Great Britain
Seppo Räty
Finland
2000 Jan Železný
Czech Republic
Steve Backley
Great Britain
Sergey Makarov
Russia
2004 Andreas Thorkildsen
Norway
Vadims Vasilevskis
Latvia
Sergey Makarov
Russia
2008 Andreas Thorkildsen
Norway
Ainars Kovals
Latvia
Tero Pitkämäki
Finland
2012 Keshorn Walcott
Trinidad and Tobago
Oleksandr Pyatnytsya
Ukraine
Antti Ruuskanen
Finland
2016 Thomas Röhler
Germany
Julius Yego
Kenya
Keshorn Walcott
Trinidad and Tobago