Tom Petranoff - U.S.A. - Javelin World Reecord in 1983. Second at World Championships.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 06 July 1984

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      Tuesday, 08 April 1958
      Aurora, Illinois, U.S.A.
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Tom PETRANOFF - U.S.A. - Javelin World Reecord in 1983. Second at World Championships.

Tom Petranoff is seen here competing in Great Britain the year after he set his World

Javelin Record of 99.72 metres (327'2"). Tom Petranoff's world record added precisely three

meters to the previous global standard of 96.72, set in 1980 by Hungary's Ferenc Paragi. 

At the 1987 World Championships he finished 4th. (81.28m)


A native of Illinois, Petranoff later became a citizen of South Africa and competed for that

country in various international competitions, including the 1993 World Championships

where he finished 22nd. 85.26m.


A new model was introduced in 1986, and all records started fresh. 

By then, East German Uwe Hohn had shattered Petranoff's mark with an incredible throw of 104.80 meters.  


Men's Javelin Final.

World Athletics Championships 1983

1. Detlef Michel   GDR   89.48m.
2. Tom PETRANOFF   USA   85.60m.
3. Dainis Kula   URS   85.58m.
4. Heino Puuste   URS   84.56m.
5. Per Erling Olsen   NOR   83.54m.
6. Kenth Eldebrink   SWE   83.28m.
7. Zdenek Adamec   TCH   81.30m.
8. Klaus Tafelmeier   FRG   80.42m.