Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's javelin throw
|Men's javelin throw|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Men's javelin throw victory ceremony
|Competitors||44 from 31 nations|
Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If fewer than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.
Seven athletes hit the automatic qualifying mark, two on their first attempt. 80.39 was the last qualifier. Julius Yego set a new national record for Kenya. With his one throw, Vítězslav Veselý improved his 2012 world lead to 88.34.
In the first round of the final, 19-year-old world junior champion Keshorn Walcott, only the 10th place qualifier, took the lead with an 83.51 national record for Trinidad and Tobago. Spiridon Lebesis was the only other competitor over 80 m in that round. In the second round Walcott improved his record out to 84.58m (277 feet 10 inches). 2007 World Champion Tero Pitkämäki moved into second place and two-time defending champion Andreas Thorkildsen (Norway) moved into third, but that was to be his best throw. In the third round Oleksandr Pyatnytsya threw 84.51, just 7 cm out of Walcott's lead. Nobody made a move in the fourth round. In the fifth round Antti Ruuskanen threw 84.12 to move into third place. In the final round Vesely put out his best throw of the competition, but his 83.34 was only good enough for 4th place, exactly 5 meters behind his lone throw in the qualifying round the day before. Walcott's mark of 84.58 was the shortest winning throw since the 1988 Seoul Olympics - the first with the [then] new, re-balanced javelin - when Tapio Korjus (Finland) won with 84.28m.
On August 9, 2016, Oleksandr Pyatnytsya was disqualified after his anti-doping test sample was reanalyzed and found positive (dehydrochlormethyltestosterone). On February 24, 2017 Antti Ruuskanen received the silver medal in Finland. Vítězslav Veselý received the bronze medal during Golden Spike Ostrava on 28 June 2017.
|Wednesday, 8 August 2012||19:05||Qualifications|
|Saturday, 11 August 2012||19:20||Finals|
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows:
|World record||Jan Železný (CZE)||98.48 m||Jena, Germany||25 May 1996|
|Olympic record||Andreas Thorkildsen (NOR)||90.57 m||Beijing, China||23 August 2008|
|2012 World leading||Vítězslav Veselý (CZE)||88.11 m||Oslo, Norway||7 June 2012|
|Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics|
|2012 World leading||Vítězslav Veselý (CZE)||88.34 m||London, United Kingdom||8 August 2012|
The Following new National records were set during this competition
|Kenya national record||Julius Yego (KEN)||81.81 m|
|Trinidad and Tobago national record||Keshorn Walcott (TRI)||84.58 m|
Qual. rule: qualification standard 82.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|1||B||Vitezslav Vesely||Czech Republic||88.34||–||–||88.34||Q, WL, PB|
|6||A||Stuart Farquhar||New Zealand||82.32||–||–||82.32||Q|
|7||B||Roderick Genki Dean||Japan||71.58||82.07||–||82.07||Q|
|9||B||Julius Yego||Kenya||79.10||79.33||81.81||81.81||q, NR|
|10||B||Keshorn Walcott||Trinidad and Tobago||78.91||76.44||81.75||81.75||q|
|23||B||Craig Kinsley||United States||72.80||71.47||78.18||78.18|
|25||B||Jakub Vadlejch||Czech Republic||x||77.61||x||77.61|
|29||A||Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed||Egypt||72.93||77.35||75.19||77.35|
|31||B||Jung Sangjin||South Korea||76.37||74.77||x||76.37|
|32||A||Cyrus Hostetler||United States||70.62||75.76||75.00||75.76|
|34||A||Petr Frydrych||Czech Republic||69.54||70.44||75.46||75.46|
|35||B||Mervyn Luckwell||Great Britain||74.09||x||x||74.09|
|37||B||Sean Furey||United States||x||72.81||71.86||72.81|
|–||B||Matthias De Zordo||Germany||x||x||x||NM|
|Keshorn Walcott||Trinidad and Tobago||83.51||84.58||x||80.64||x||–||84.58||NR|
|Vítězslav Veselý||Czech Republic||x||81.69||81.80||x||80.32||83.34||83.34|
|8||Stuart Farquhar||New Zealand||76.80||76.64||80.22||–||–||–||80.22|
|9||Roderick Genki Dean||Japan||x||79.95||x||–||–||–||79.95|
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