The 2020 Summer Olympics javelin throw competition for men was held in the Japan National Stadium on August 4th and 7th, 2021. For more information continue reading below Athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men’s Javelin Throw.
About 35 competitors competed, with the actual number depending on how many countries sent athletes in via universality places in addition to the 32 who qualified automatically via distance or ranking (one universality place was used in 2016).
Athletics at the 2020 Summer Olympics – Men’s Javelin Throw
On August 4, 5, and 7, 2021, in the Tokyo Olympic Stadium, the men’s javelin throw competed in the Athletics 2020 event of the 2020 Summer Olympics. There were 32 athletes competing, and Neeraj Chopra of India came out on top.
His compatriots Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely both of the Czech Republic won silver and bronze, respectively.
There are two stages to the competition. Each athlete will have three opportunities to throw the javelin as far as possible during qualification. There will be a total of 24 competitors, and the top 12 after three attempts will qualify for the final.
In the championship round, just like in qualifying, the qualified athletes will have three opportunities to go as far as they can; but, in contrast to qualification, the top eight finishers will receive an additional three attempts. The competition is won by the competitor who throws the furthest distance.
There will be 32 competitors in the competition, and one of the favourites is Johannes Vetter. After placing fourth in 2016 and winning gold at the 2017 world championships, the German athlete settled for bronze in 2019.
Keshorn Walcott and Neeraj Chopra were in shape with large throws leading up to the Olympics, but the competition also included Cheng Chao-tsun, ranked third in the world, and Anderson Peters, ranked fifth, giving the event a lot of potential medalists.
Challengers to the 2013 World Champion Vitezslav Vesely were Julian Weber, Gatis Cakss, and Alexandru Mihaita Novac.