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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: Qualifying round (81.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 29)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
Železný made history by becoming the first athlete to compete at eight World Championships, but he was out of the medals this time even though the distances thrown were unspectacular. Each of the first seven throws in the final produced a new leader, and ultimately all the medalwinning throws came in the first round; first Henry 84.74, then Värnik 85.17 and Makarov 85.44. Železný moved from sixth to fourth with 84.09 in the third. The angle of the winning throw was measured at 39.8°, the steepest of Makarov’s six tries. His father Aleksandr Makarov was the silver medallist in the 1980 Olympic javelin, while his wife Oksana was herself a world finalist in 1997 and 1999.
 These are the official results of the Men's Javelin Throw event at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 21 participating athletes, with the final held on Sunday 31 August 2003.

Records

Standing records prior to the 2003 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Jan Železný (CZE) 98.48 m May 25, 1996 Germany Jena, Germany
Event Record  Jan Železný (CZE) 92.80 m August 12, 2001 Canada Edmonton, Canada
Season Best  Sergey Makarov (RUS) 90.11 m May 30, 2003 Germany Dessau, Germany
 
  Javelin Throw 31 August
  Final

Event Report Men Javelin Throw Final

After the men's Javelin qualification yesterday had been of the lowest quality in the history of World Championships, today's final actually started much better. With the qualification performed in rain, the final had good conditions.
 
Aki PARVIAINEN (FIN), the silver medallist from Edmonton in 2001, threw 83.05m, very close to his season's best in round one. In fact, round one saw eight of the 12 throwers get their best mark in the competition. Boris HENRY (GER) threw right after Parviainen and immediately moved to the lead with 84.74m.
 
However, the biggest surprise of the competition came from the next thrower, Andrus VÄRNIK (EST). Värnik unleashed an 85.17m throw to take the lead. Sergey MAKAROV (RUS), the world's leading thrower this season, was next in line and produced 85.44m for the competition to see yet another leader.
 
World record holder Jan ZELEZNY (CZE) opened his throwing with the javelin landing at 82.98m. At this time Steve BACKLEY (GBR), the four time European Champion, was the only one of the favourites under 80m with his 79.35m performance.
 
During round two nothing happened at the top of the rankings, only two athletes, Miroslav GUZDEK (CZE) with 81.40m and Christian NICOLAY (GER) 81.77m, were able to improve their results. Zelezny provided the only major news in round three, moving towards the medals to fourth. His throw was measured at 84.09m. Backley also had his best of 80.13m in this round, but was ninth and accordingly didn't get three more throws.
 
This was effectively the end of the competition, none of the eight throwers left could better their marks. Makarov, who had another throw over 85 metres in round six, 85.31m, finally got the major championship win he has been longing for. Surprise silver medallist was Värnik with 85.17m and Henry took the bronze with his first round effort of 84.74m. All three medallists had their best throws in round one. Zelezny was finally fourth throwing 84.09m with Parviainen, in fifth place with 83.05m.
1 Sergey Makarov RUS 19 Mar 73 85.44
2 Andrus Värnik EST 27 Sep 77 85.17
3 Boris Henry GER 14 Dec 73 84.74
4 Jan Železný CZE 16 Jun 66 84.09
5 Aki Parviainen FIN 26 Oct 74 83.05
6 Christian Nicolay GER 4 Mar 76 81.77
7 Miroslav Guzdek CZE 3 Aug 75 81.40
8 Peter Blank GER 10 Apr 62 80.34
9 Steve Backley GBR 12 Feb 69 80.13
10 Li Rongxiang CHN 8 Jan 72 78.24
11 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 1 Apr 82 77.75
12 Aleksandr Ivanov RUS 25 May 82 77.32
Final 16.50h Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Sergey Makarov RUS 85.44m 85.44 X X 82.72 82.11 85.31
2 Andrus Varnik EST 85.17m 85.17 X X 81.98 X 80.51
3 Boris Henry GER 84.74m 84.74 82.41 83.32 X 82.14 83.44
4 Jan Zelezny CZE 84.09m 82.98 X 84.09 X X 81.24
5 Aki Parviainen FIN 83.05m 83.05 76.63 79.90 75.79 X 77.78
6 Christian Nicolay GER 81.77m 80.85 81.77 X 80.60 X 81.26
7 Miroslav Guzdek CZE 81.40m 77.99 81.40 X 75.67 77.32 78.54
8 Peter Blank GER 80.34m 80.34 X 76.29 X 79.39 78.43
9 Steve Backley GBR 80.13m 79.35 79.90 80.13
10 Rongxiang Li CHN 78.24m 78.24 X 77.02
11 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 77.75m 77.75 X X
12 Alexandr Ivanov RUS 77.32m 77.32 X X
  Qualification 29 August

Event Report Men Javelin Throw Qualification

The men's Javelin qualification saw difficult conditions with rain pouring down. The wet track did not help the throwers and this resulted in the lowest ever qualifying mark for the top 12. 12th athlete, Miroslav GUZDEK (CZE) only managed 77.24m, but still got his place in the final.
 
Since the new javelin was used for the first time in World Championships in Rome in 1987, only that year did the 12th qualifier throw under 78m - Dag WENNLUND (SWE) then qualified as the last athlete throwing 77.78m.
 
There were no real surpises in this low quality competition; of the world rankings top names only Eriks RAGS (LAT) did not qualify. However, Rags' 75.72m was not a real surprise as he had been throwing poorly in the lead up to the World Championships.
 
All the clearest medal contenders progressed easily with their first attempts. Boris HENRY (GER), topped the rankings with his 83.43m. World leading thrower Sergey MAKAROV (RUS) didn't worry about the rain either, he unleashed a 82.22m throw. With those two qualifying from Group A, the world record-holder Jan ZELEZNY (CZE), topped Group B with 82.88m.
 
There were two more athletes over the qualifying limit of 81.00m to make it a total of five. LI Rongxiang (CHN) bettered his seasonal best with 81.76m and Andrus VÄRNIK (EST) threw an unbelievably high throw which looked technically very bad, but still hit the ground at 81.11m at an angle of almost 90 degrees.
 
Steve Backley (GBR), who has won four consecutive European Championships, including Munich 2002, had to use all his three throws to get a best of 80.23m from round two. However, he did qualify for the final, as did 2001 World Championships silver medallist Aki PARVIAINEN (FIN). Parviainen, the 1999 world champion, only managed to throw 78.91m, but is known to have trouble throwing on a wet surface.
 
Other qualifiers were Christian NICOLAY (GER) 80.54m, Andreas THORKILDSEN (NOR) 79.44m, Aleksandr IVANOV (RUS) 79.26m and Peter BLANK (GER) 78.48m.
  Group A
1 Boris Henry GER 14 Dec 73 83.43 Q
2 Sergey Makarov RUS 19 Mar 73 82.22 Q
3 Li Rongxiang CHN 8 Jan 72 81.76 Q
4 Andrus Värnik EST 27 Sep 77 81.11 Q
5 Steve Backley GBR 12 Feb 69 80.23 q
6 Aki Parviainen FIN 26 Oct 74 78.91 q
7 Miroslav Guzdek CZE 3 Aug 75 77.24 q
8 Voldemārs Lūsis LAT 7 Dec 74 75.15
9 Gergely Horváth HUN 5 Jun 75 74.76
10 Isbel Luaces CUB 20 Jul 75 74.07
11 Nery Kennedy PAR 28 May 73 68.83
  Group B
1 Jan Železný CZE 16 Jun 66 82.88 Q
2 Christian Nicolay GER 4 Mar 76 80.54 q
3 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 1 Apr 82 79.44 q
4 Aleksandr Ivanov RUS 25 May 82 79.26 q
5 Peter Blank GER 10 Apr 62 78.48 q
6 Vadim Bavikin ISR 4 Oct 70 77.06
7 Breaux Greer USA 19 Oct 76 76.82
8 Sergey Voynov UZB 26 Feb 77 76.66
9 Emeterio González CUB 11 Apr 73 76.18
10 Ēriks Rags LAT 1 Jun 75 75.72
 
Group A 18.30h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Boris Henry GER 83.43m 83.43
2 Sergey Makarov RUS 82.22m 82.22
3 Rongxiang Li CHN 81.76m 79.76 79.01 81.76
4 Andrus Varnik EST 81.11m 81.11
5 Steve Backley GBR 80.23m 79.27 80.23 X
6 Aki Parviainen FIN 78.91m X 78.91 X
7 Miroslav Guzdek CZE 77.24m 71.96 74.71 77.24
8 Voldemars Lusis LAT 75.15m 71.72 X 75.15
9 Gergely Horvath HUN 74.76m X 74.76 72.03
10 Isbel Luaces CUB 74.07m 74.07 X 72.67
11 Nery Kennedy PAR 68.83m 67.62 X 68.83
Group B 20.25h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Jan Zelezny CZE 82.88m 82.88
2 Christian Nicolay GER 80.54m 80.54 X X
3 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 79.44m 75.75 76.67 79.44
4 Alexandr Ivanov RUS 79.26m 79.26 X X
5 Peter Blank GER 78.48m 73.19 74.56 78.48
6 Vadim Bavikin ISR 77.06m 71.77 77.06 X
7 Breaux Greer USA 76.82m 76.82 74.21 74.50
8 Sergey Voynov UZB 76.66m 76.66 72.78 76.31
9 Emeterio Gonzalez CUB 76.18m X 76.18 72.40
10 Eriks Rags LAT 75.72m 70.19 X 75.72

Group A 29 AUG 2003 18:30

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 1063 Nery Kennedy PAR PAR 81.28 75.53
2 509 Steve Backley GBR GBR 91.46 85.69
3 866 Voldemars Lusis LAT LAT 84.19 84.19
4 1174 Sergey Makarov RUS RUS 92.61 90.11
5 243 Rongxiang Li CHN CHN 84.29 77.61
6 642 Gergely Horváth HUN HUN 81.55 81.55
7 326 Miroslav Guzdek CZE CZE 85.74 83.71
8 570 Boris Henry GER GER 90.44 88.10
9 307 Isbel Luaces CUB CUB 83.63 81.66
10 417 Andrus Värnik EST EST 87.83 87.83
11 449 Aki Parviainen FIN FIN 93.09 83.30

Group B 29 AUG 2003 20:25

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 338 Jan Zelezný CZE CZE 98.48 89.06
2 550 Peter Blank GER GER 88.70 84.08
3 678 Vadim Bavikin ISR ISR 81.68 80.95
4 304 Emeterio González CUB CUB 87.12 81.72
5 576 Christian Nicolay GER GER 84.54 84.54
6 1458 Sergey Voynov UZB UZB 84.80 79.06
7 1031 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR NOR 85.72 85.72
8 1398 Breaux Greer USA USA 87.00 82.10
9 868 Eriks Rags LAT LAT 86.47 86.32
10 1170 Aleksandr Ivanov RUS RUS 88.90 88.90
 
 
 

 

 

 

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