Twenty Year Medal Table for Throwing Events

Summer Olympics Games 1996 – 2012

Andreas Thorkildsen Pékin 2008

Germany’s throwing dominance is part of a national tradition, which includes an annual meet in Halle for these four events alone. But Poland, the new kid in the throwing circle, could overtake in Rio – it has three world champions, all with a good chance of a repeat.

The javelin is a specialism of its own. All Norwegian medals in this list, all Czech medals but one, and all Finnish medals but one are from this event. And the traditional powers are being joined by some surprising countries. The men’s champion is Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, and his successor could be Team World‘s Julius Yego of Kenya.

This table includes medals reallocated as a result of disqualifications. It does not take into account disqualifications where medals have yet to be reallocated, nor the results of retests of 2008 and 2012 samples, where disqualifications have yet to be confirmed.

G S B
Germany 4 5 5 14
Poland 4 2 0 6
Czech Republic 4 0 1 5
Russia 3 5 3 11
United States 3 4 2 9
Belarus 3 3 6 12
Norway 3 0 1 4
Cuba 2 3 3 8
Hungary 2 1 0 3
Finland 2 0 3 5
Lithuania 2 0 1 3
New Zealand 2 0 0 2
Slovenia 1 1 0 2
Estonia 1 0 2 3
Japan 1 0 1 2
Croatia 1 0 0 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 0 1
Greece 0 3 1 4
China 0 2 2 4
Great Britain 0 2 0 2
Latvia 0 2 0 2
Ukraine 0 1 3 4
Australia 0 1 0 1
Denmark 0 1 0 1
Iran 0 1 0 1
Italy 0 1 0 1
Canada 0 0 1 1
South Africa 0 0 1 1
Spain 0 0 1 1
Turkey 0 0 1 1

Next: Two countries lead the way in distance running but which will edge it on the line?

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