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Fatima Whitbread

Fatima Whitbread MBE is a British former javelin thrower. She won the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart, having broken the world record with a throw of 77.44 metres in the qualifying round the previous day. She went on to win the 1987 World Championships in Rome. She is also a two-time Olympic medallist, winning bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Her former world record throw makes her one of only two women in history to have thrown the javelin over 75 metres.


Tessa Sanderson

Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson, is an English former javelin thrower and heptathlete. A six-time Olympian in the javelin (1976–1996), she won the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain, and in 1996 she became the second track and field athlete, after discus thrower Lia Manoliu, to compete at six Olympics. She is one of only five women in history to have thrown the javelin over 73 metres. She is the first black British woman to have won an Olympic gold medal.

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Sofia Sakorafa

Sofia Sakorafa is a Palestinian-Greek politician and former javelin thrower. She is currently an Independent Member of the European Parliament for Greece, having formerly sat for Syriza and before that served, from June 2012 to July 2014, as a Syriza Member of the Hellenic Parliament.


Dana Zátopková

Dana Zátopková is a Czech former javelin thrower. She won the gold medal for javelin in the 1952 Summer Olympics, and the silver medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics. She was the European champion in 1954 and 1958. She also set a world record in 1958 when she was 35, making her the oldest woman to break one in an outdoor athletics event.


Vítězslav Veselý

Vítězslav Veselý is a Czech javelin thrower.


Zahra Bani

Zahra Bani is a Somali-Italian javelin thrower.


Goldie Sayers

Katherine Dinah "Goldie" Sayers, is a former British javelin thrower. She was born in Newmarket, Suffolk, United Kingdom. On 20 May 2007, Sayers set a new British record in the javelin at 65.05 m (213 ft 5 in), thus becoming the first British woman to throw over 65 metres since javelins were redesigned in 1999. Sayers set the record when competing for her university, Loughborough, at the Loughborough International match. She cemented this achievement at the Norwich Union Glasgow Grand Prix on 3 June 2007 where she beat a top-class international field in rainy conditions with a throw of 63.59 m. Defeated rivals included European champion and Olympic silver medallist Steffi Nerius and world champion Barbora Špotáková.


Tiina Lillak

Ilse Kristiina Lillak is a Finnish former javelin thrower. She is the 1983 world champion and 1984 Olympic silver medalist. She also twice broke the world record, with throws of 72.40 metres in 1982 and 74.76 metres in 1983. The latter distance ranks third on the all-time list with the old javelin model.


Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir

Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir is an Icelandic javelin thrower.


Stuart Farquhar

Stuart Farquhar is a male javelin thrower from New Zealand. He was the silver medallist in the men's javelin at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.


Cyrus Hostetler

Cyrus Hostetler is an American javelin thrower who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics.


Oleksandr Pyatnytsya

Oleksandr Sergiyovich Pyatnytsya is a male javelin thrower from Ukraine. His personal best is 86.12 metres, achieved in May 2012 in Kiev, which was a new national record.


Klaus Wolfermann

Klaus Wolfermann is a former West German javelin thrower. He won a gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich and set a world record in 1973.


Matti Järvinen

Matti Henrikki Järvinen was a Finnish javelin thrower. He won the Olympic gold medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics ahead of two other Finns, Matti Sippala and Eino Penttilä, with a throw of 72.71 metres. Four of his other five throws would also have been enough to take gold. The three Finns did not take off their tracksuit trousers during the event.


Anderson Peters

Anderson Peters is a Grenadian javelin thrower. He is a multiple time CARIFTA Games champion at the discipline and in 2016 earned a bronze medal at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, setting a new Grenadian national record and OECS record at the same time.