Javelin Throw in History

Events in Sport

  • 1984-07-20 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m
  • 1987-07-23 Petra Felke (E Ger) throws javelin 78.89 m (women's record)
  • 1991-05-06 Seppo Raty of Finland sets javelin record to 301' 9"
  • 1991-06-02 Seppo Raty of Finland improves his world javelin record to 318' 1"

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1909-02-18 Matti Jarvinen, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1910-08-05 Nan Gindele, US javelin thrower (World Record 1932-38)
  • 1911-07-28 Gerhard Stoeck, Germany, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1915-01-23 Herma Bauma, Austria, javelin thrower (Oly-gold-1948)
  • 1922-09-19 Dana Zatopek, Czechoslavakia, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1927-10-25 Franklin "Bud" Held, javelin world champ (1949, 51, 53-55)
  • 1939-10-08 Elvira Ozolina, USSR, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1946-10-23 Miklos Nemeth, Hungary, javelin thrower (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1946-12-14 Ruth Fuchs, German DR, javelin thrower (Oly-2 gold-72, 76)
  • 1953-12-29 Kate Schmidt, US javelin thrower (Olympic-bronze-1972)
  • 1956-03-14 Tessa Sanderson, British javelin thrower (Oly-gold-84), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1958-03-25 Maria Caridad Colón, Cuba, javelin thrower, (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1959-07-30 Petra Felke, German DR, javelin thrower (world record 1988)
  • 1960-06-20 Donna Mayhew, Taylor Penn, javelin thrower
  • 1961-04-15 Tiina Lillak, Finland, javelin thrower (Olympic-silver-1984)
  • 1966-06-16 Jan Zelezny, Czech, javelin thrower (Olympics-2 gold-92, 96)
  • 1967-10-21 Gavin Brian Lovegrove, javelin (Olympics-96), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1968-03-26 Edward Kaminski, KC Kansas, javelin thrower
  • 1968-05-28 Tomas P Pukstys, javelin thrower (Olympics-8th-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-01-24 Louise McPaul, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-silver-92, 96)
  • 1970-10-24 Todd Riech, Polson Montana, javelin thrower
  • 1971-02-07 Andrew Currey, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-10-04 Joanna Stone, Australian javelin thrower (Olympics-96)
  • 1976-05-10 Aggeliki Tsiolakoudi, Greek javelin thrower
  • 1976-12-21 Mirela Manjani, Greek javelin thrower
  • 1977-09-27 Andrus Värnik, Estonian javelin thrower
  • 1982-12-19 Tero Pitkamaki, Finnish javelin thrower

Deaths in Sport

  • 1956-09-27 Babe Didrikson-Zaharias, American Hall of Fame athlete, dies of colon cancer at 45