The Estonian leader in the men´s javelin throw Risto Mätas won the BIGBANK Kuldliiga held in Jõgeva. His winning throw was 79.68m. His season´s best is 80.41m and lifetime best 80.53m since 2006.
Mätas has been consistent over 79m this year but hit the line just once when he threw his season´s best.
The second was Ioannis Smalios of Greece who managed to throw 76.56m. Nobody got close today to Mätas as more distinguished Latvian Eriks Rags threw 75.84m which gave him the third place.
The Estonian leader for the past few years Mihkel Kukk was only the sixth with 72.56m which is way under his potential as his lifetime best stands on 81.77m
The former World Championships Gold medalist (2005) and silver (2003) Andrus Värnik got 8th place with 67.58m (SB 76.20m) which left him out of three extra throws. At the BIGBANK Kuldliiga meets only six best throwers get another 3 attempts.
Värnik has been struggeling for the past 5 years. His effort at the competitions are often way below his training throws which make speculators talk about the end of his career. Always the underdog, Värnik has been able to grab two medals from the major championships.
In 2003 Värnik broke the Estonian javelin record with 87.83m in Valga. His previous season´s best then was just 81.20m which was also his only throw over 80m that year. After breaking the record Värnik released several over 80m throws and won silver at the World Championships held in Paris (France), he then threw 85.17m.
A year later in 2004 he expected the Gold medal from the Olympic Games held in Athens therefore, just a few weeks before the Olympics he threw 87.58m in Tallinn. During the celebration of his mighty throw he damaged his leg so badly that he could barely walk. It was because of the Värnik´s famous somersault he performed during the celebration. At the Olympics in Athens, despite of his serious injury, he threw 83.25m in the qualification round and repeated that in the final releasing the javelin 4 meters before the line. Speculators say that this throw would have greanted him the victory. The winner was Andreas Thorkildsen, with 86.50m.
In 2005, as most of people remember, the men´s javelin was held during the heavy rain which affected most of the events on the
stadium. However, Värnik managed to throw 87.17m and was awarded with a Gold. He then performed his famous somersault again, without hurting himself.
These two cases make people believe he is the javelin legend of Estonia.
Full results of the men´s javelin throw: