Most insane world record? Certainly men's javelin!
March 26th, 1997 in Jena. What the spectators just seen is widely considered as one of the greatest performances in history of Athletics (or Track and Field). I respectfully disagree! I believe it is the very greatest performance in history of our sport!
Zelezny was wearing symbolic number 100 and it was not too far from breaking this barrier. There were ideal conditions that day. Warm weather around 25 degrees of Celsius, nice tail wind which was coming from right. However Zelezny was not very satisfied with the throw.
"I didn't like the throw. I didn't think it was anything special," Zelezny remembers.
"If it had the form of the throw from Sheffield(the world record of that time) and I was physically prepared as I was at the beginning of that season, it would certainly be a very different distance."
Additionally Zelezny was throwing with an aluminium javelin which is softer than carbon javelins which are mostly used today. Nevertheless an outstanding performance was bord that day.
"The fact that Jan's world record hold's for 20 years already is probably no surprise." Says Barbora Spotakova, woman javelin throw world record holder. "I believe this record will last for a very long time. Never say never, but Jan was so exceptional I think we will see this record will have a 50 years anniversary one day." It
It is more than 20 years now and nobody came significantly close to challenge this mark. The current dream of Zelezny is to see his athletes succeed in the upcoming years
- Major international competitions:
- 1983 - European Junior Championships - Schwechat, Austria - 6th - Javelin (old) - 71.26 m
- 1985 - European Junior Championships - Cottbus, East Germany - 4th - Javelin (old) - 75.10 m
- 1986 - European Championships - Stuttgart, West Germany 18th (q) - - Javelin - 75.90 m
- 1987 - World Championships - Rome, Italy - 3rd - Javelin - 82.20 m
- 1988 - Olympic Games - Seoul, South Korea - 2nd - Javelin - 84.12 m
- 1990 - European Championships - Split, Yugoslavia - 13th (q) - Javelin - 77.64 m
- 1991 - World Championships - Tokyo, Japan - 18th (q) - Javelin - 76.26 m
- 1992 - Olympic Games - Barcelona, Spain - 1st - Javelin - 89.66 m
- 1993 - World Championships - Stuttgart, Germany - 1st - Javelin - 85.98 m
- 1994 - European Championships - Helsinki, Finland - 3rd - Javelin - 82.58 m
- 1995 - World Championships - Gothenburg, Sweden - 1st - Javelin - 89.58 m
- 1996 - Olympic Games - Atlanta, United States - 1st - Javelin - 88.16 m
- 1997 - World Championships - Athens, Greece - 9th - Javelin - 82.04 m
- 1999 - World Championships - Seville, Spain - 3rd - Javelin - 87.67 m
- 2000 - Olympic Games - Sydney, Australia - 1st - Javelin - 90.17 m
- 2001 - World Championships - Edmonton, Canada - 1st - Javelin - 92.80 m
- 2002 - European Championships - Munich, Germany - 11th - Javelin - NM
- 2003 - World Championships - Paris, France - 4th - Javelin - 84.09 m
- 2004 - Olympic Games - Athens, Greece - 9th - Javelin - 80.59 m
- 2006 - European Championships - Gothenburg, Sweden - 3rd - Javelin - 85.92 m
Quite a list right!