Germany’s 2017 world champion Johannes Vetter again ensured that the attention on the javelin on the first day of the European Athletics Team Championships Super League in Silesia on Saturday, May 29, 2021, was more than justified as he launched the spear 96.29m.
Vetter back in the stadium where he threw 97.76m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial last September, achieved another incredible mark – the third-best ever in history behind his own PB and the world record of 98.48m set by Jan Zelezny 25 years ago.
The 28-year-old opening throw was also impressive as he started with 94.24m to add four centimetres to his own world lead and break the championship record. He added another two metres on to that in the second round before retiring from the competition due to some discomfort in his adductor.
He won the competition by more than 11 metres, with Poland’s Marcin Krukowski throwing 85.12m to finish second and Odei Jainaga breaking the Spanish record with 84.80m in third.