The best javelin throwers reach over 90 meters (world record: 98.48 m) for men and approx. 70 meters (world record: 72.28 m) for women. In the 1980s, different spears were common than in the present, with which much greater distances could be achieved (world records: 104.80 m for men, 80.00 m for women). For safety reasons, however, in 1986 (for men) and 1999 (for women) the standards for the nature of the spears were changed (shifting the center of gravity) so that they flew less far.
The javelin was already part of the Olympic Games in antiquity and in modern times it was first introduced into the program of the Olympic Intermediate Games in 1906 as a "freestyle javelin throw" . The javelin throw, which is common today, has been part of the Olympic Games for men since 1908 and for women since 1932 . In addition, two-handed javelins were thrown at the Olympic Games in 1912 .
The spear is the oldest hunting weapon known to man. When for the first time a worked stone tip was attached to a stick used for hunting, is lost in the darkness of prehistory, as is the first occasion when this tool was also used for a sporting test of strength. The oldest fully preserved finds are the Schöninger spears from the Paleolithic , whose age is estimated at 270,000 to 400,000 years.
According to Greek mythology , Heracles was already an excellent spear thrower. The enchanted, dwarf-forged spear of the Norse god Odin is called Gungnir . The Olympic Games of Antiquity v 708th It is said to have been part of the Olympic program for the first time as a pentathlon discipline . However, in the sub- disciplines long and target throw , the javelin was thrown with the help of a sling , the so-called ankyle . It was a string that was wound several times around the spear and at the end tied into a noose into which the thrower inserted two fingers. During the throw it unwound and gave the spear a twist and thus a smoother flight. In fact, modern experiments have shown that inexperienced javelin throwers can achieve greater distances with this technique than without a throwing loop.
Javelin throwing only became known in Germany after the inventor of modern javelin throwing technology, Eric Lemming , demonstrated it in May 1906 at the SC Komet Swedish meeting. The first German record was set by Ernst Mallwitz from Berlin with 37.70 m (world best at that time: Eric Lemming from Sweden, 53.90 m).
While Scandinavian throwers dominated the men's competitions for a long time, the picture was less homogeneous for women. Since the 1970s and 1980s, athletes from the Eastern Bloc have increasingly pushed themselves to the top of the world. As in all Olympic sports, athletes from the GDR were disproportionately represented.
At a top-class international sports festival in Berlin in 1984 , Uwe Hohn from Potsdam exceeded the 100-meter mark with 104.80 m for the first time so clearly that the IAAF changed the regulations and shifted the focus of the javelin. The associated shortening of the widths had become necessary for safety reasons - the stadiums were too small. Hohn's spear got stuck not far from the parallel jumping competitions and the running track.
In 1988 Petra Felke from Jena also set an all-time world record with exactly 80.00 m. In 1999 the IAAF also prescribed a modified spear for women.
Major athletes and advancement
- Mauritz Mexmontan ( FIN ) set the first record of modern times in 1883 with 30.58 m. However, the spear was lighter than 750 grams.
- Eric Lemming ( SWE ) set the first official record in 1899 with 49.32 m and dominated the development for about 15 years. Its 62.32 m from 1912 lasted until 1919.
- With his aluminum hollow spear, Franklin Held ( USA ) set record lengths in series in the 1950s - and for technical regulations. In 1953 he was the first to throw more than 80 meters: 80.41 m.
- With 91.72 m, the Norwegian Terje Pedersen broke the 90-meter barrier in 1964.
But as tangible as it seemed - it was not until the 1970s that the world's best throwers, with standard ranges well over 90 meters, slowly approached. In 1973 the German Klaus Wolfermann threw 94.08 m. Athletes like the Finn Seppo Räty , Steve Backley ( GBR ), Jan Železný (then still TCH ) competed in the 80s with the Germans Klaus Tafelmeier ( FRG ), Uwe Hohn and Detlef Michel ( GDR ) for the best distances. The latter was world champion in 1983 with "only" 89.48 m.
- Uwe Hohn finally shocked the competition in 1984. Spectators and officials at the Olympic Day in Berlin stared in amazement at the display board, which showed 4.80 m - it was only prepared for double-digit widths. The officials then decided to shift the focus forward. The new regulation came into force in 1986.
- Klaus Tafelmeier ( FRG ) set the first world record with the new device in September 1986: 85.74 m, but was only able to look forward to it for a few months.
- With 87.66 m, Jan Železný set a new record with the new spears in May 1987. The Czech - the most successful javelin thrower in history with three Olympic victories and three world championship titles - continuously raised the record to the value of 98.48 m that is still valid today until 1996. Always on his heels until the end of the 1990s, the old masters Räty and Backley remained.
- The first recorded record for women comes from the Czech Božena Šrámková in 1922. She carried the 600 gram device to a width of 25.01 m.
- In 1928 Guschi Hargus threw 38.39 m, in the previous year, at the age of 18, at the international women's competitions in Berlin, she improved the world best in the javelin thrown by Lonta from Poland and became the youngest world record holder, and established a long tradition of successful German throwers, which she followed u. a. Ellen Braumüller , who in 1930 was the first to reach over 40 meters (40.27 m) and Annelie Steinheuer (47.24 m).
- The next two decades after World War II saw an overwhelming dominance of Soviet female athletes. Natalja Smimitskaja exceeded Steinheuer's 1942 record by more than 6 meters and clearly conquered the 50 mark: 53.41 m.
- In the following years, almost exclusively Soviet female throwers drove the record towards 60 meters. At 62.40 m, it was Jelena Gorchakova who broke this barrier in 1964.
- Ruth Fuchs from the GDR continued the German tradition in the 1970s and helped shape the top of the world for around a decade. She improved the world record twice in a row. There were eight years in between. Nevertheless, it was not granted to her to break the next sound barrier. At 69.96 m in 1980, she missed this by four centimeters. In the same year Tatyana Birjulina threw the spear to 70.08 m and once again set a historic record for the Soviet Union.
- But Fuchs' worthy successor for the GDR was already at the start. The fight between Petra Felke and the Finn Tiina Lillak for the top of the world determined the 80s. The Briton Fatima Whitbread , world champion in 1987 , also intervened. Felke first took the intermediate hurdle at 75.40 m in 1985 with a huge 5-meter step on Birjulina's mark, took 78.90 m in 1987 and set a barrier with a precisely fitting 80.00 m in 1988 that has never been reached again. With the Olympic victory in 1988 she crowned her career (width: 74.68 m).
- Since the 1990s there has been no getting around the Norwegian Trine Hattestad . The world champion from 1993 and 1997 still had to hand over the Olympic victory to the Finn Heli Rantanen in 1996 and be satisfied with bronze. The Germans Silke Renk and Karen Forkel first came over from Petra Felke and won among other international medals at the Olympic Games 1992 gold and bronze, respectively, but were able to compete in the long term nor with the exceptional Norwegian later Steffi Nerius and Tanja Damaske .
- In 1999, the International Athletics Federation also prescribed a modified javelin for women and thus moved Felke's record into an almost unattainable distance. The double world champion Osleidys Menéndez (Cuba) dominated the scene since her world record of 71.54 m in 2001 to 2005, when she was able to improve it to 71.70 m at the World Championships . After her European records in 2005 and 2007, the German Christina Obergföll seemed to be the next dominant thrower, but was already defeated at the 2007 World Championships by the Czech Barbora Špotáková , who not only achieved the Olympic victory in 2008 , but also the European record with 71.42 m and finally also the world record with 72.28 m.
If the strict doping controls enforced by all international associations since the 1990s are maintained and there are no drastic changes in materials and in the regulations, the historical records of Felke and Hohn are likely to last for many years to come.
Another world record development
After Uwe Hohn's record throw , the spear was modified to limit the rapidly growing distances that occurred due to new materials and improved flight characteristics. The changes were controversial, as they make it difficult to compare the record development and after a few years each would achieve distances of the same order of magnitude.
In 1992 the Briton Steve Backley threw the "new" javelin again over 91 meters. The exceptional Czech athlete Jan Železný , who was already among the best in the world in Hohn's time, improved the world record in series since 1993 up to the still current record of 98.48 m in 1996. Four female athletes have more than 70 Meters thrown, the first was the Cuban Osleidys Menéndez 2001 with 71.54 m, then Christina Obergföll, the current world record holder Barbora Špotáková with 72.28 m and the Russian Marija Abakumowa.
Technology and rules
The javelin is one of the most technically demanding disciplines. In contrast to other throwing disciplines, a short run-up is permitted, from which the phases of swinging and throwing are synchronized with each other.
The spear is a slim stick made of wood, metal, carbon or a combination of these, tapering at both ends. The length is in the men up in the ladies up . The mass of the spears is , respectively . All spears have a metal tip that is long or long. In the middle, at the grip point, there is a textile wrapping, including the diameter of which is no more than that of the men and women. The spears used in the youth and senior sector are lighter and, accordingly, shorter.
The throwing area is a sector of a circle with an opening angle of 29 ° and a length of . It is limited at the drop point by a long, arched drop bar, which the thrower must not touch or cross. For a valid throw, the inrun may only be left when the spear has touched the ground in the sector.
According to the regulations, the javelin must be held in the middle and the tip must point in the direction of the throw when it is thrown. In the 1950s, the Spaniard Félix Erausquin showed that this cannot be taken for granted with a turning technique that enabled distances of up to . It must hit head first and within the sector, but it need not get stuck. The measurement is made from the point of the first impression to the inside edge of the beam.
All throwers initially complete three throws in the competition. The eight best have three more attempts and determine the top positions among themselves.
There are several types of grip. What these slightly different types of grip have in common is that two fingers enclose the grip at the rear end and ensure contact during the throw. The most common type of grip is the thumb-forefinger grip . Here the thumb and forefinger lie behind the textile winding of the spear. All other fingers are on the binding. At the time of the throw, the use of this type of grip can make it easier for the spear to move sideways. Other types of grip are the thumb-middle finger grip and the pincer grip . In contrast to the thumb-index finger grip, the wrapping of the spear is grasped from behind with the thumb and middle finger. The index finger stabilizes the spear by resting it slightly stretched below the coil. With pincer grips, the index and middle fingers form the point of contact with the handle. Here the thumb is used to stabilize the handle on the side.
The use of resin or magnesia is allowed to improve the contact between the fingers and the winding .
Approach and return of the spear
The run-up is an escalation run. In order to prepare the throwing display, the javelin position is changed during the approach; at first the spear is carried loosely above the head. Then the spear is led up and back before the last five steps in order to achieve the greatest possible twisting of the body.
This process ( usually over two to four steps) is called spear withdrawal . There are two common procedures here: the Finnish (arching from top-front over bottom to top-back) and the Swedish withdrawal (straight-line return next to the head).
The last three steps (impulse step and caulking step - left / right / left for the right thrower) are very important and form the basis for good bow tension and a powerful throw.
Physics of the javelin throw
The trajectory that the spear travels during a throw is subject to the laws of physics . There are two effects to consider:
- The trajectory parabola : If the air resistance is neglected, the spear describes a parabola as a flight path. This is slightly asymmetrical because the drop point is slightly higher (approx. Shoulder height of the athlete) than the point of impact. Therefore, at a given speed, the maximum possible throw is achieved with a throw angle of just under 45 °.
- center of gravity of the form , which in this case coincides with the geometric center point (i.e. the bisecting point of the spear). The more the axis of the spear deviates from the direction of flight, the greater the force. In order to keep the lift smaller, the center of gravity of the new spears was placed further in front of the center of the spear (about 2 cm). As a result, the spear tips down faster with the tip during flight and experiences less lift.
Olympic Games medalist
Freestyle Javelin Throw, Men (1906, 1908)
|year||gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|1906||Eric Lemming||Knut Lindberg||Bruno Söderström|
|1908||Eric Lemming||Michalis Dorizas||Arne Halse|
Two-handed javelin throw, men (1912)
|year||gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|1912||Juho Saaristo||Väinö Siikaniemi||Urho Peltonen|
World Championships medalist
- Olympic medalist
- Medalist at world championships
- Olympic medalists
- Medal winners at world championships
World record development
|Old spear (type required before 1986)|
|62.32||Eric Lemming||September 29, 1912||Stockholm|
|66.10||Jonni Myyra||August 24, 1919||Stockholm|
|66.62||Gunnar Lindström||December 12, 1924||Eksjö|
|69.88||Eino Penttila||October 1, 1927||Viipuri|
|71.01||Erik Lundqvist||August 15, 1928||Stockholm|
|71.57||Matti Järvinen||August 8, 1930||Viipuri|
|71.70||Matti Järvinen||17th August 1930||Tampere|
|71.88||Matti Järvinen||August 31, 1930||Vaasa|
|72.93||Matti Järvinen||September 14, 1930||Viipuri|
|74.02||Matti Järvinen||June 27, 1932||Turku|
|74.28||Matti Järvinen||May 25, 1933||Mikkeli|
|74.61||Matti Järvinen||June 7, 1933||Vaasa|
|76.10||Matti Järvinen||July 15, 1933||Helsinki|
|76.66||Matti Järvinen||September 7, 1933||Turin|
|77.23||Matti Järvinen||June 18, 1934||Helsinki|
|77.87||Yrjö Nikkanen||August 25, 1938||Karhula|
|78.70||Yrjö Nikkanen||October 16, 1938||Kotka|
|80.41||Bud hero||August 8, 1953||Pasadena|
|81.75||Bud hero||May 21, 1955||Modesto|
|83.56||Soini Nikkinen||June 24, 1956||Cow mines|
|83.66||Janusz Sidło||June 30, 1956||Milan|
|85.71||Egil Danielsen||November 26, 1956||Melbourne|
|86.04||Al Cantello||5th June 1959||Compton|
|86.74||Carlo Lievore||June 1, 1961||Milan|
|87.12||Terje Pedersen||July 1, 1964||Oslo|
|91.72||Terje Pedersen||2nd September 1964||Oslo|
|91.98||Jānis Lūsis||July 23, 1968||Saarijärvi|
|92.70||Jorma Kinnunen||June 18, 1969||Tampere|
|93.80||Jānis Lūsis||July 6, 1972||Stockholm|
|94.08||Klaus Wolfermann||May 5th 1973||Leverkusen|
|94.58||Miklós Németh||July 26, 1976||Montreal|
|96.72||Ferenc Paragi||April 23, 1980||Tata|
|99.72||Tom Petranoff||May 15, 1983||los Angeles|
|104.80||Uwe Mockery||July 20, 1984||Berlin|
|New spear (mandatory design since 1986)|
|85.74||Klaus Tafelmeier||September 20, 1986||Como|
|87.66||Jan Železný||May 31, 1987||Nitra|
|89.10||Patrik Bodén||March 24, 1990||Austin|
|89.58||Steve Backley||2nd July 1990||Stockholm|
|91.46||Steve Backley||January 25, 1992||Auckland|
|95.54||Jan Železný||April 6, 1993||Pietersburg|
|95.66||Jan Železný||August 29, 1993||Sheffield|
|98.48||Jan Železný||May 25, 1996||Jena|
**: World best at the beginning of the introduction of the new spear design in 1999, not an official world record
|Old spear (type required before 1999)|
|25.01 *||Božena Šrámková||August 6, 1922||Prague|
|25.325 *||Božena Šrámková||August 13, 1922||Prague|
|27.24 *||Marie Janderová||May 25, 1924||Ostrava|
|37.575 *||Guschi Hargus||June 12, 1927||Berlin|
|38.39 *||Guschi Hargus||August 18, 1928||Berlin|
|40.27 *||Ellen Braumüller||July 12, 1930||Berlin|
|42.28 *||Elisabeth Schumann||August 2, 1931||Magdeburg|
|44.64 *||Elisabeth Schumann||June 12, 1932||Berlin|
|46.745||Nan Gindele||June 18, 1932||Chicago|
|47.24||Anneliese Steinheuer||June 21, 1942||Frankfurt am Main|
|48.21||Herma Bauma||June 29, 1947||Vienna|
|48.63||Herma Bauma||September 12, 1948||Vienna|
|49.59||Natalia Smirnitskaya||July 25, 1949||Moscow|
|53.41||Natalia Smirnitskaya||August 5, 1949||Moscow|
|53.56||Nadezhda Konjayeva||5th February 1954||Leningrad|
|55.11||Nadezhda Konjayeva||May 22, 1954||Kiev|
|55.48||Nadezhda Konjayeva||August 6, 1954||Kiev|
|55.73||Dana Zátopková||June 1, 1958||Prague|
|57.40||Anna Pazera||July 24, 1958||Cardiff|
|57.49||Birutė Zalogaitytė||October 30, 1958||Tbilisi|
|57.92||Elvīra Ozoliņa||May 3, 1960||Leselidse|
|59.55||Elvīra Ozoliņa||June 4th 1960||Bucharest|
|59.78||Elvīra Ozoliņa||3rd July 1963||Moscow|
|62.40||Jelena Gorchakova||October 16, 1964||Tokyo|
|62.70||Ewa Gryziecka||June 11, 1972||Bucharest|
|65.06||Ruth Fuchs||June 11, 1972||Potsdam|
|66.11||Ruth Fuchs||7th September 1973||Edinburgh|
|67.22||Ruth Fuchs||3rd October 1974||Rome|
|69.12||Ruth Fuchs||July 10, 1976||Berlin|
|69.32||Kate Schmidt||September 11, 1977||Fuerth|
|69.52||Ruth Fuchs||June 13, 1979||Dresden|
|70.80||Tatyana Birjulina||July 12, 1980||Podolsk|
|71.88||Antoaneta Todorova||August 15, 1981||Zagreb|
|72.40||Tiina Lillak||July 29, 1982||Helsinki|
|74.20||Sofia Sakorafa||September 26, 1982||Chania|
|74.76||Tiina Lillak||June 13, 1983||Tampere|
|75.26||Petra Felke||June 4th 1985||Schwerin|
|75.40||Petra Felke||June 4th 1985||Schwerin|
|77.44||Fatima Whitbread||August 28, 1986||Stuttgart|
|78.90||Petra Felke||July 29, 1987||Leipzig|
|80.00||Petra Felke-Meier||September 9, 1988||Potsdam|
|New spear (mandatory design since 1999)|
|68.19 **||Trine Solberg-Hattestad||July 28, 1999||Fana|
|68.22 **||Trine Solberg-Hattestad||June 30, 2000||Rome|
|69.48 **||Trine Solberg-Hattestad||July 28, 2000||Oslo|
|71.54||Osleidys Menéndez||July 1, 2001||Rethymno|
|71.70||Osleidys Menéndez||August 14, 2005||Helsinki|
|72.28||Barbora Špotáková||September 13, 2008||Stuttgart|
World best list
All javelin throwers with a distance of or more (the list only includes throws with the "new" competition javelin, which has been mandatory since 1986). A = width achieved under altitude conditions.
Last change: April 27, 2020
- 98.48 m Jan Železný , Jena , May 25, 1996
- 94.44 m Johannes Vetter , Lucerne , July 11, 2017 ( German record )
- 93.90 m Thomas Röhler , Doha , May 5, 2017
- 93.09 m Aki Parviainen , Kuortane , June 26, 1999
- 92.72 m Julius Yego , Beijing , August 26, 2015
- 92.61 m Sergei Makarow , Sheffield , June 30, 2002
- 92.60 m Raymond Hecht , Oslo , July 21, 1995
- 92.06 m Andreas Hofmann , Offenburg , June 2, 2018
- 91.69 m Konstadinós Gatsioúdis , Kuortane , June 24, 2000
- 91.59 m Andreas Thorkildsen , Oslo , June 2, 2006
- 91.53 m Tero Pitkämäki , Kuortane , June 26, 2005
- 91.46 m Steve Backley , Auckland , January 25, 1992
- 91.36 m Cheng Chao-tsun , Taipei , August 26, 2017
- 31.29m Breaux Greer , Indianapolis , June 21, 2007
- 90.73 m Vadims Vasiļevskis , Tallinn , July 23, 2007
- 90.61 m Magnus Kirt , Kuortane , June 22, 2019
- 90.60 m Seppo Räty , Nurmijärvi , July 20, 1992
- 90.44 m Boris Henry , Linz , July 9, 1997
- 90.16 m Keshorn Walcott , Lausanne , July 9, 2015
- 89.73 m Jakub Vadlejch , London , 12 August 2017
- 89.21 m Ihab Abdelrahman , Shanghai , May 18, 2014
- 89.17 m Edis Matusevičius , Palanga , July 27, 2019
- 89.16 m A Tom Petranoff , Potchefstroom , March 1, 1991
- 89.15 m Zhao Qinggang , Incheon , October 2, 2014
- 89.10 m Patrik Bodén , Austin , March 24, 1990
- 89.06 m Bernhard Seifert , Offenburg , May 26, 2019
- 89.02 m Jarrod Bannister , Brisbane , February 29, 2008
- 88.98 m Antti Ruuskanen , Pori , August 2, 2015
- 88.90 m Aleksandr Ivanov , Tula , June 7, 2003
- 88.84 m Dmitri Tarabin , Moscow , July 24, 2013
- 88.75 m Marius Corbett , Kuala Lumpur , September 21, 1998
- 88.70 m Peter Blank , Stuttgart , June 30, 2001
- 88.36 m Matthias de Zordo , Brussels , September 16, 2011
- 88.34 m Vítězslav Veselý , London , 8 August 2012
- 88.32m Petr Frydrych , London , 12th August 2017
- 88.29 m Julian Weber (athlete) , Berlin , September 3, 2016
- 88.24 m Matti Närhi , Soini , July 27, 1997
- 88.22 m Juha Laukkanen , Kuortane , June 20, 1992
- 88.20 m Gavin Lovegrove , Oslo , July 5, 1996
- 88.09 m Marcin Krukowski , Bialystok , July 21, 2017
- 88.06 m Neeraj Chopra , Jakarta , August 27, 2018
- 88.02 m Oliver Helander , Pietarsaari , 7 July 2018
- 88.01m Ioannis Kiriazis , Austin , April 1, 2017
- 88.00 m Vladimir Ovchinnikow , Togliatti , May 14, 1995
- 87.83 m Andrus Värnik , Valga , August 19, 2003
- 87.82 m Harri Hakkarainen , Kuortane , June 24, 1995
- 87.60 m Kazuhiro Mizoguchi , San José , May 27, 1989
- 87.40 m Uladzimir Sassimowitsch , Kuortane , June 24, 1995
- 87.34 m Andrei Morujew , Birmingham , June 25, 1994
- 87.23 m Teemu Wirkkala , Joensuu , July 22, 2009
- Austrian record: Gregor Högler - 84.03 m on July 17, 1999 in Kapfenberg
- Swiss record: Stefan Müller - 82.07 m on September 16, 2006 in Bern
All throwers with a performance of or more (the list only contains throws with the competition javelin, which has been prescribed since 1999).
Last change: January 10, 2020
- 72.28 m Barbora Špotáková , Stuttgart , September 13, 2008
- 71.70 m Osleidys Menéndez , Helsinki , August 14, 2005
- 70.53 m Marija Abakumowa , Berlin , September 1, 2013
- 70.20 m Christina Obergföll , Munich , June 23, 2007 ( German record )
- 69.48 m Trine Hattestad , Oslo , July 28, 2000
- 69.35 m Sunette Viljoen , New York , June 9th 2012
- 68.92 m Kathryn Mitchell , Gold Coast , April 11, 2018
- 68.43 m Sara Kolak , Lausanne , July 6, 2017
- 68.34 m Steffi Nerius , Elstal , August 31, 2008
- 67.98 m Lü Huihui , Shenyang , August 2, 2019
- 67.90 m Christin Hussong , Berlin , August 10, 2018
- 67.70 m Kelsey-Lee Barber , Lucerne , July 9, 2019
- 67.69 m Katharina Molitor , Beijing , August 30, 2015
- 67.67 m Sonia Bisset , Salamanca , July 6, 2005
- 67.51 m Mirela Maniani , Sydney , September 30, 2000
- 67.47 m Tazzjana Chaladowitsch , Oslo , June 7, 2018
- 67.40 m Nikola Ogrodníková , Offenburg , May 26, 2019
- 67.32 m Linda Stahl , New York City , June 14, 2014
- 67.30 m Wira Rebryk , Adler , February 19, 2016
- 67.29 m Hanna Hazko-Fedussowa , Kirovohrad , July 26, 2014
- 67.21 m Eda Tuğsuz , Baku , May 18, 2017
- 67.20 m Tatjana Schikolenko , Monaco , August 18, 2000
- 67.16 m Martina Ratej , Doha , May 14, 2010
- 67.12 m Liu Shiying , Osaka , May 20, 2018
- 67.11 m Maria Andrejczyk , Rio de Janeiro , August 16, 2016
- 66.91 m Tanja Damaske , Erfurt , July 4th 1999
- 66.83 m Kimberley Mickle , Melbourne , March 22, 2014
- 66.80 m Louise Currey , Runaway Bay , August 5, 2000
- 66.67m Kara Winger , Des Moines , June 25, 2010
- 66.53 m Marcelina Witek , Białogard , May 5, 2018
- 66.25m Li Lingwei , London , 8th August 2017
- 66.18 m Madara Palameika , Brussels , 9 September 2016
- 66.17m Goldie Sayers , London , July 14th 2012
- 66.00 m Haruka Kitaguchi , Kitakyushu , October 27, 2019
- 65.91 m Nikola Brejchová , Linz , August 2, 2004
- 65.47 m Zhang Li , Incheon , October 1, 2014
- 65.30 m Claudia Coslovich , Ljubljana , June 10, 2000
- 65.29 m Xiomara Rivero , Santiago de Cuba , March 17, 2001
- 65.17 m Karen Forkel , Erfurt , July 4th 1999
- 65.08 m Ana Mirela Țermure , Bucharest , June 10, 2001
- 64.90 m Paula Tarvainen , Helsinki , 10 August 2003
- 64.89 m Jekaterina Iwakina , Oslo , July 28, 2000
- 64.87m Kelly Morgan , Birmingham , July 14, 2002
- 64.87 m Līna Mūze , Shanghai , May 18, 2019
- 64.83 m Christina Scherwin , Stuttgart , September 9, 2006
- 64.83 m Elizabeth Gleadle , Kawasaki , May 10, 2015
- 64.75m Brittany Borman , Kawasaki , May 10, 2015
- 64.62 m Joanna Stone-Nixon , Runaway Bay , August 5, 2000
- 64.62 m Nikolett Szabó , Patras , July 22, 2001
- 64.61 m Oxana Makarowa , Paris , June 19, 1999
- Austrian record: Elisabeth Pauer - 61.43 m on July 10, 2010 in Villach
- Swiss record: Géraldine Ruckstuhl - 58.31 m on May 28, 2017 in Götzis
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- Javelin Throw All Time - Eternal world best list of the IAAF, javelin throw women
- Progression of World best performances and official IAAF World Records. 2003 edition. Monaco, 2003, pp. 201 ff. And 330 ff. (English)