Golden Asia or a massive attack in London. The spear has held the Czech Republic for years, it still matters today

Ondrej Zoubek

08/25/2023 5:44 p.m.

Javelin throwing is by far the most successful Czech discipline in the history of the World Athletics Championships and this year again considerable attention is being paid to it. Jakub Vadlejch passed the qualification on Friday without complications and will fight for the coveted gold on Sunday. Out of eighteen world championships, Czech javelin throwers have only returned without a medal seven times. Browse the preview.

Jan Železný at the 1993 World Athletics Championships in Stuttgart.

Jan Železný’s golden throw at the 1993 World Championship in Stuttgart. | Video:

Jan Železný – 1987, 1993, 1995

Jan Železný started the Czech (Czechoslovakian) medal streak in the javelin at the World Athletics Championships 36 years ago in Rome. His first major medal was bronze.

Six years later, Železný, then already an Olympic champion, won the world champion title at the Stuttgart championship.

The performance of 85.98 meters also marked a new world record.

In 1995, the Mladá Boleslav native defended the world record. In Gothenburg, he already threw 90 meters in qualifying and completely mastered the final with a performance of 89.58. He therefore further improved the championship maximum.

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