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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's Javelin Throw



Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (81.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 9)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF    Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Three-time winner Jan Železný, and top American Breaux Greer were missing through injury, leaving Olympic Champion Thorkildsen, and Helsinki-born Pitkämäki as favourites. Reigning champion Makarov led the qualifying round with 85.08 from Pitkämäki (82.21) and Thorkildsen (81.45). Way back at 41.18 was Samoa’s Shaka Sola. He was entered for the shot but missed his flight to Helsinki and arrived too late for his main event. The IAAF gave him the choice of competing instead in the 100m or the Javelin. His mark was a national record and he was cheered wildly by the Finnish fans. Only Makarov, with 80.77, could get over 80m in round one of the final, held in wretched weather. The silvery-haired Russian improved to 83.30 in round two, with only Thorkildsen able to respond by the end of round three, with 83.41. After Pitkämäki finally got over 80m in round four with 81.27, Värnik shocked the crowd with a throw of 87.17.
 Thorkildsen, ever a fiery competitor, replied with 85.71 and 86.18, but the day belonged to the Estonian. Biomechanical analysis of the event showed that Thorkildsen had the fastest arm of the medallists, reaching an inital velocity of 31.87 metres per second with his best throw compared with 30.83 by Värnik and 30.76 by Makarov.
 The Men's Javelin Throw event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 9 and August 10.


Standing records prior to the 2005 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  Tero Pitkämäki (FIN) 91.53 m June 26, 2005 Finland Kuortane, Finland
  Javelin Throw 10 August

Event Report - Men Javelin Throw Final

When the medal presentations for the men's Javelin are made on Thursday, the expected capacity crowd in Helsinki's historic Olympic Stadium will hear a tune familiar to them as their national anthem. But it will not be music to the Finns' ears: for Estonia shares the same music for its national anthem, and the flag raised on the centremost pole above the stadium will be to honour the achievement of Andrus Varnik, thanks to his 87.17-metre fourth-round snatch and grab here tonight.

It marked a remarkable turnaround in form for the Estonian, a silver medallist in Paris two years ago but who more recently, had struggled for form.

He had finished only ninth at the Helsinki Grand Prix here barely 10 days earlier, as this time he beat the Olympic champion, Andreas Thorkildsen, who had led after three rounds and had a best throw of 86.18, and the defending World champion, Russia's Sergei Makarov, whose best 83.54 came in the final round.

And it meant desperate disappointment for the Finnish hosts and their tyro young thrower, Tero Pitkamaki.

Pitkamaki entered the stadium to massive roars from the crowd, clearly the biggest of the week so far. Many of the spectators were waving Finnish flags, some held banners proclaiming "Tero is our Hero".

But with such support also comes the weight of expectation, and this bore down heavily on the 22-year-old Finn, not least because of his 91.53-metre effort earlier in the year, which had placed him sixth on the all-time list.

But in the rain and wind of the first two rounds tonight, Pitkamaki was not even the sixth best thrower in the final.

For while Makarov rushed though his first-round effort, like a commuter in the Moscow rush hour, dashing for his train and avoiding the showers, and still managed to lob his spear out more than 80 metres (the only man to do so in round one), the Finns' favourite looked tight and anxious. An optional foul of less than 75 metres followed his listless first-round 75.44.

After qualifying during Tuesday's rare dry and warm spell, Pitkamaki had expressed a desire for better weather. "I wish tomorrow the wind would calm down," he said ahead of the final. "The wind came from the side and turned the javelin down. Otherwise the throw would have been longer."

He also spoke of the pressure he had felt, adding, "When I got the javelin in my hand I relaxed. This is the thing I do best." There was a hint of that in the third round, with Pitkamaki under pressure to stay in the final in a lowly seventh place, and he produced a 79.64m effort to guarantee himself an extended stay, if not a medal.

That was not the case for his team mate, and 1999 World champion, Aki Parvianinen, who pulled up injured during his third run-up, to end the competition ninth courtesy of his 74.86 in round one.

Makarov had extended his lead in round two to 83.30, and was joined in the 80-plus category by Thorkildesen, with 81.52.

Since winning in Athens last year, the Norwegian had not been seen throwing in public wearing his trademark woolly hat. Maybe he felt he needed a confidence boost, or maybe, like the rest of us, he was just feeling cold: on came the hat for round three, and along came the lead: 83.41.

But it was round four when the competition took off, thanks to Varnik's huge effort. Next Pitkamaki gained respectability with 81.27, but Makarov re-took second place with 83.48 before he was trumped by the Norwegian (this time with his tracksuit bottoms off, so it must have been serious), who threw 85.71.

With the rain easing, the conditions ought to have helped the throwers in the final two rounds, but 23-year-old Thorkildsen was the only thrower to make an improvement in the penultimate round, with 86.18 to consolidate his second place.

Varnik's final throw was short and out of the sector. Now it was up to the others, their fate in their own hands. Pitkamaki hurled himself almost as much as the spear with his last throw, and it arced through the night sky to land close to the 75-metre mark. The hosts were denied their dream result.

Makarov was the next of the contenders to throw. After a series which had already included four 80-metre-plus throws, the defending champion produced his best of the night, 83.54, but not good enough for more than the bronze.

And then Thorkildsen stepped up, threw, and once he saw the result, stepped over the line. The gold was Varnik's.

1 Andrus Värnik EST 27 Sep 77 87.17
2 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 1 Apr 82 86.18
3 Sergey Makarov RUS 19 Mar 73 83.54
4 Tero Pitkämäki FIN 19 Dec 82 81.27
5 Aleksandr Ivanov RUS 25 May 82 79.14
6 Ēriks Rags LAT 1 Jun 75 78.77
7 Ainārs Kovals LAT 21 Nov 81 77.61
8 Mark Frank GER 21 Jun 77 77.56
9 Aki Parviainen FIN 26 Oct 74 74.86
10 Guillermo Martínez CUB 28 Jun 81 72.68
11 Tomas Intas LTU 18 Sep 81 70.11
12 Scott Russell CAN 16 Jan 79 68.59
Final 20:20h Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Andrus Varnik EST 87.17m 79.06 X 76.47 87.17 85.29 X
2 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 86.18m 78.36 81.52 83.41 85.71 86.18 X
3 Sergey Makarov RUS 83.54m 80.77 83.30 79.95 83.48 82.55 83.54
4 Tero Pitkamaki FIN 81.27m 75.44 X 79.64 81.27 X X
5 Alexandr Ivanov RUS 79.14m 77.93 79.14 X X X 77.12
6 Eriks Rags LAT 78.77m 73.12 78.77 X X X 77.34
7 Ainars Kovals LAT 77.61m 74.05 X 77.61 X X X
8 Mark Frank GER 77.56m 75.82 73.19 71.17 X 77.56 X
9 Aki Parviainen FIN 74.86m 74.86 70.88 X
10 Guillermo Martinez CUB 72.68m 72.68 69.42 X
11 Tomas Intas LTU 70.11m X X 70.11
12 Scott Russell CAN 68.59m 62.33 X 68.59
  Qualification 9 August

Event Report - Men Javelin Throw Qualification

Pitkamaki sets up thrills for the Finnish

Day Four of the championships dawned fine, the sun was shining, and the queues to buy tickets even for the morning session went around the block: today was Javelin day in Helsinki.

Some of the Finns in what looked to be a near-capacity crowd for the morning session had paid more than €300 to see one throw, less than two seconds' worth of action, as the host nation's best chance of a title, Tero Pitkamaki, was centre stage. He did not disappoint them.

Even as Pitkamaki stood at the end of the runway ahead of his first throw, the roar begun to rumble around the bowl of the Olympic Stadium. The runners lined up nearby for a 200 metres heat, including the 100m champion, Justin Gatlin, sensed that they would not be starting their race too soon.

And by the time the 22-year-old launched the spear, the noise was deafening. It transformed into universal applause, too, as the javelin was clearly destine to land beyond the 81-metre automatic qualifying mark, and landed at 82.21. Job done, and Pitkamaki duly packed his bag and headed off for an early lunch, leaving the others in his second qualifying group to struggle with the pernicious, swirling wind.

Andrus Varnik, Estonia's Olympic silver medallist, for instance, clearly managed to send his second throw beyond 81 metres - but a gust of wind forced the spear out of the sector. This might have been all the more galling for Varnik after the third round, when his effort fell but 3cm short of the automatic qualifying distance.

In the event, only three athletes managed 81 metres, with Sergei Makarov, the defending champion, who ambled up to deliver the javelin 85.08 metres and Norway's Olympic gold medallist Andreas Thorkildsen (81.45) coming from the first pool.

In fact, 77.08m, from Tomas Intas, proved good enough to qualify for Wednesday's final.

"I just wanted to make sure I did it with my first throw," Pitkamaki said. "The conditions were challenging. I hope the wind calms down for tomorrow."

Makarov knows that he will be in for a battle. "The stands were almost full this morning," he said, "which is evidence that the javelin throw is almost a national event in Finland.

"I'm sure there are not going to be any free seats tomorrow for the final."

  Group A
1 Sergey Makarov RUS 19 Mar 73 85.08 Q
2 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 1 Apr 82 81.45 Q
3 Aki Parviainen FIN 26 Oct 74 79.48 q
4 Ēriks Rags LAT 1 Jun 75 78.79 q
5 Guillermo Martínez CUB 28 Jun 81 78.37 q
6 Mark Frank GER 21 Jun 77 77.87 q
7 Tomas Intas LTU 18 Sep 81 77.08 q
8 Nick Nieland GBR 31 Jan 72 76.71
9 Stefan Müller SUI 20 Sep 79 76.30
10 Marián Bokor SVK 17 Apr 77 74.81
11 Firass Zaal Al-Mohamed SYR 8 Jun 75 72.63
12 Gergely Horváth HUN 5 Jun 75 72.33
13 Francesco Pignata ITA 14 Feb 78 72.17
14 Gabriel Wallin SWE 14 Oct 81 72.04
15 Oleh Statsenko UKR 22 Oct 80 64.44
16 Shaka Sola SAM 14 Mar 77 41.18
  Group B
1 Tero Pitkämäki FIN 19 Dec 82 82.21 Q
2 Andrus Värnik EST 27 Sep 77 80.97 q
3 Ainārs Kovals LAT 21 Nov 81 80.80 q
4 Aleksandr Ivanov RUS 25 May 82 79.65 q
5 Scott Russell CAN 16 Jan 79 79.45 q
6 Christian Nicolay GER 4 Mar 76 76.68
7 Vadims Vasiļevskis LAT 5 Jan 82 76.16
8 Lohan Rautenbach RSA 6 Feb 86 75.94
9 Li Rongxiang CHN 8 Jan 72 74.95
10 Esko Mikkola FIN 14 Feb 75 72.54
11 John Hetzendorf USA 27 Jan 77 70.49
12 Ronny Nilsen NOR 7 May 71 70.07
13 Yukifumi Murakami JPN 23 Dec 79 68.31
14 Vadim Bavikin ISR 4 Oct 70 66.74
15 Dejan Angelovski MKD 1 Mar 76 58.23
Group A 11:45h Team Dist. 1 2 3
Sergey Makarov RUS 85.08m 85.08
Andreas Thorkildsen NOR 81.45m 81.45
Aki Parviainen FIN 79.48m 79.48 X -
Eriks Rags LAT 78.79m 78.79 X X
Guillermo Martinez CUB 78.37m 75.28 78.37 X
Mark Frank GER 77.87m 76.76 73.08 77.87
Tomas Intas LTU 77.08m 77.08 X X
Nick Nieland GBR 76.71m 74.61 76.62 76.71
Stefan Muller SUI 76.30m 76.30 71.54 69.93
Marian Bokor SVK 74.81m 74.27 74.70 74.81
Firas Al-Mohamed SYR 72.63m 72.63 X X
Gergely Horvath HUN 72.33m 67.04 72.33 71.81
Francesco Pignata ITA 72.17m 71.13 72.17 66.96
Gabriel Wallin SWE 72.04m 68.72 63.50 72.04
Oleg Statsenko UKR 64.44m X X 64.44
Shaka Sola SAM 41.18m 38.31 41.18
Group B 13:20h Team Dist. 1 2 3
Tero Pitkamaki FIN 82.21m 82.21
Andrus Varnik EST 80.97m 74.83 X 80.97
Ainars Kovals LAT 80.80m X 80.80 78.05
Alexandr Ivanov RUS 79.65m 79.65 76.00 -
Scott Russell CAN 79.45m 79.45 77.11 X
Christian Nicolay GER 76.68m 76.68 X 72.35
Vadims Vasilevskis LAT 76.16m 75.76 X 76.16
Lohan Rautenbach RSA 75.94m X 75.94 X
Rongxiang Li CHN 74.95m 74.95 X X
Esko Mikkola FIN 72.54m 71.87 72.54 71.50
John Hetzendorf USA 70.49m X 70.16 70.49
Ronny Nilsen NOR 70.07m 70.07 - -
Yukifumi Murakami JPN 68.31m X 67.84 68.31
Vadim Bavikin ISR 66.74m 66.03 66.74 X
Dejan Angelovski MKD 58.23m 56.66 58.23 55.83

Group A 09 AUG 2005 11:30

1 379 Mark Frank GER GER 83.24 82.38
2 364 Nick Nieland GBR GBR 85.09 79.56
3 840 Shaka Sola SAM SAM    
4 870 Stefan Müller SUI SUI 78.98 78.98
5 817 Sergey Makarov RUS RUS 92.61 90.33
6 873 Marián Bokor SVK SVK 83.38 77.79
7 698 Andreas Thorkildsen NOR NOR 87.66 87.66
8 483 Francesco Pignata ITA ITA 81.67 81.67
9 896 Gabriel Wallin SWE SWE 80.71 80.31
10 301 Aki Parviainen FIN FIN 93.09 83.79
11 950 Oleh Statsenko UKR UKR 80.50 80.50
12 180 Guillermo Martínez CUB CUB 84.06 84.06
13 611 Tomas Intas LTU LTU 82.94 82.04
14 899 Firas Al Mahamid SYR SYR 80.50  
15 602 Eriks Rags LAT LAT 86.47 82.35
16 434 Gergely Horváth HUN HUN 81.55 80.91

Group B 09 AUG 2005 13:05

1 536 Yukifumi Murakami JPN JPN 81.71 79.79
2 450 Vadim Bavikin ISR ISR 81.94 77.57
3 603 Vadims Vasilevskis LAT LAT 84.95 81.30
4 652 Dejan Angelovski MKD MKD 76.50  
5 694 Ronny Nilsen NOR NOR 84.73 78.93
6 303 Tero Pitkämäki FIN FIN 91.53 91.53
7 810 Aleksandr Ivanov RUS RUS 88.90 84.24
8 597 Ainars Kovals LAT LAT 82.22 82.22
9 138 Scott Russell CAN CAN 84.41 84.41
10 1060 John Hetzendorf USA USA 78.23 78.23
11 297 Esko Mikkola FIN FIN 84.27 82.14
12 400 Christian Nicolay GER GER 84.54 83.20
13 793 Lohan Rautenbach RSA RSA 80.03 80.03
14 145 Rongxiang Li CHN CHN 84.29 81.61
15 260 Andrus Värnik EST EST 87.83 87.19




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