Thursday, 13 July 2017 10:15

A German Man Will Probably Break The Javelin World Record This Year

Johannes Vetter, the unenviable fourth-placer in the Olympic javelin competition in Rio last summer, caused a ruckus on track and field Twitter on Tuesday by improving his best from 89.68m to 94.44m at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The 24-year-old German is now the No. 2-ranked man in world history in the javelin, and his performance ranks No. 6 all-time, as the top five throws are all owned by world-record holder Jan Železny of the Czech Republic, who threw his world-beater of 98.48m in 1996.

But it wasn't just one magic throw that has the world aghast. Vetter's progression in the event saw him throw over 90.00m four consecutive times: 90.75m, 91.06m, 93.06m, and then, his winning mark of 94.44m. A fatigued Vetter then closed the competition with a throw of 89.50m. Remember, prior to the competition in Lucerne, he had never thrown over 90.00m before.

Only Železny himself has thrown over 90.00m four or more times in one series, in 1995 and 1997.

The runner-up in the competition was reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler, also of Germany, who mustered 89.45m on the day. Vetter's compatriot had stunned the world earlier this year in Doha, where he heaved a tremendous personal best of 93.90m to land the No. 7 mark in world history and take over the No. 2 all-time performer position.

Now, of course, he'll have to settle for third and also relinquish his national record to Vetter.

"I had a lot of adrenaline after the first two attempts," Vetter told the IAAF. "The first throw over 90 meters pushed me. I achieved my goal of this season and set the German record. I am without words. It's incredible that I produced four throws over 90 meters two days after winning the German title.

"The reason for German success is that we have a good team. We are good friends and we have good coaches. After the warm-up I expected to throw 90 meters, but 94.44 in incredible. I need some days for it to sink it in. The javelin throw will be one of the greatest highlights of the World Championships in London."

 

94,44m! German-Record! Second best throw ever! Four times over 90m... Speechless! ?#coach #boris #and #me #are #speechless

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The duo have created a thrilling rivalry this season for athletics fans, as Rohler won their first five contests in 2017--including the Diamond League meetings in Doha and Rome--while Vetter has captured wins in their last three head-to-head battles at the German national championships, the Paris Diamond League and, on Tuesday, in Lucerne.

Rohler left a foreboding message on social media. "The WR hunt is on for team germany javelin," he captioned a video of himself throwing for second place in Switzerland.


Hughes, Williams named to British World Champs squad

Two Racers Track Club athletes, Zharnel Hughes and Delano Williams, have been included in Great Britain's 78-member squad for the IAAF World Championships in London.

Hughes finished third at the British trials earlier this month in a time of 20.42, and has been chosen for the men's 200 metres.

Hughes, 22, a former Kingston College athlete, has a personal best of 20.02 over the 200 metres, and has also been selected as part of Great Britian's 4x100-metre relay pool.

He was born in the British territory of Anguilla, and has completed internationally for Britain since 2015.

Hughes holds the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships record for the 100 metres, with a time of 10.12 seconds, having taken the record from Yohan Blake.

Hughes placed fifth in the 200m at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China.

Williams is part of the men's 4x400-metre pool.

Williams, 24, originated from the British Overseas Territory of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.

A former Munro College competitor, Williams won the 100 and 200 metres at the 2012 Jamaican Boys' Championships, to become the first non-national to do so.

He represented the Turks and Caicos Islands at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Barcelona, Spain, where he won a gold medal in the 200 metres.


If Mo Farah cares about his sport there are questions he must answer

By Martin Samuel - Sport for the Daily Mail

  • Hackers released files which claimed Mo Farah was under suspicion of doping
  • Farah was among a number of athletes classed as 'likely doping' by the IAAF
  • Another document from 2016 suggested Farah was no longer under suspicion
  • Olympic champion promised at the weekend: 'I will never, ever fail a drugs test'

The details were not ancient history. The test dated from November 23, 2015, so less than two years ago. The information was not fake.

The IAAF confirmed that, while the material had been hacked, it was theirs and it was genuine. And the wording was plain as day. 
'Likely doping,' the notation read. 'Passport suspicious: further data is required.'

So, it wasn't, as Mo Farah would have us believe, 'something out of nothing'. 'Likely doping' isn't nothing. 'Likely doping' is very much something. 
And, yes, a follow-up note in April 2016 stated that Farah's blood passport was 'now flagged as normal' by the IAAF. Yet if we believe the good news, what of the rest of it?

The IAAF cannot be lauded when they find nothing wrong, and dismissed when they are suspicious, just as the media cannot be there simply to wave pom-poms and cheer British athletes to their next gong at Buckingham Palace. 
Farah has questions to answer and, if he cares for his sport as well as for himself, he should be happy to answer them.

Yet, like so many athletes, he seems oblivious to the crisis engulfing track and field. It is a matter of trust.

As long as the London Stadium is full for the World Championships this summer, Farah will continue to presume all is right in his world — yet the trials in Birmingham recently attracted a crowd no bigger than is found at Leyton Orient.
Before the next Olympics, many of the most consistent medal winners will bow out, too. Farah from the arena at least, plus Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg Rutherford and Christine Ohuruogu. 
The global star name, Usain Bolt, is also departing. These are not high times for the sport.

We now know a lot of what we saw in 2012 was false. The Russians corrupted the London Olympics and, in a cynical attempt at diversion, are attempting to poison the discussion that has followed. 
The Fancy Bears hack that has cast doubt on Farah did the same on Sir Bradley Wiggins and British Cycling.
It is Russia's attempt at equivalency. They organised a state sponsored doping programme, athletes in other countries utilised Therapeutic Use Exemptions.

What's the difference? Quite a lot, actually. One is pure evil, the other within the rules. But that doesn't mean we can only investigate what suits us.
For every time a phrase such as 'likely doping' appears next to a big name like Farah, a little bit of trust is eroded. The next generation of athletes — Laura Muir, Katarina Johnson-Thompson — are coming to the fore in an era where the instinctive reaction is doubt.
We think our scepticism is healthy, but it isn't really. It means all the good, clean athletes are distrusted, too. And that must be very frustrating.

Yet each time one of the heroes of Britain's golden Olympic era responds to reasonable questioning with contempt, rather than concern, he betrays that legacy and makes it harder for the next generation to achieve credibility. 
Why is it an affront that Farah is required to shed light on issues with his blood passport? Why shouldn't we ask what is meant by 'likely doping'?
It does not help that Farah is so strongly allied to a coach, Alberto Salazar, who remains under suspicion, or that he trains in regions whose sporting regimes are equally doubted.

'I will never, ever fail a drugs test,' he promised at the weekend and that is good to hear. Yet cheats such as Lance Armstrong and Marion Jones have undermined our trust in the strident counter-offensive, too.
That is what Farah fails to understand. Even when there is nothing, we can no longer get something out of our minds.


Farah leads British challenge at world championships

LONDON (Reuters) - Mo Farah will defend his 5,000 and 10,000 metres world titles on home soil next month after being named on Tuesday in Britain's team for the world athletics championships.

The double Olympic champion in both events, who has not been defeated at either distance in a major championship since 2011, is the leading draw among 78 British athletes chosen for the event which begins on Aug. 4.

Long-jumper Greg Rutherford will also defend his crown in the same stadium where he won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, despite an ankle injury suffered last month.

Laura Muir will hope to build on her double success at the European indoor championships in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres. Promising sprinter Adam Gemili misses out on the 200 metres and will feature only in the 4x100m relay squad.

Britain won seven medals in athletics at the Olympics in Rio last year, the same number they won at the world championships in Beijing in 2015.

"This feels bigger for us than Rio," said Neil Black, the performance director for British Athletics.

"We've selected some incredibly talented athletes, and in many events there have been some close calls. It's now up to them to grasp this opportunity and produce performances that will make the whole nation proud."

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge, editing by Ed Osmond)