Javier Cienfuegos of Spain held the World Junior Record for 3 years, until last year when Ashraf Amgad Elseify of Qatar threw 85.57 meters (280’6) at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. In 2009 he threw 82.97m (272’1) with the 6kg hammer and thus claimed the World Junior Record as his own. Even though breaking a World Junior Record creates a lot of attention and expectations, Javier knows that the road to competing with the Senior Men on a World Class level is something that takes time, patience and training.
Throwholics caught up with the young Hammer Thrower and asked him everything from his World Junior Record, to his first Olympic experience, to his goals for this year. Here is the Q&A interview:
Q: Breaking the World Junior Record must have been a great moment in your young career. Do you feel that that accomplishment increased your expectations for the future or was there added pressure after that moment?
A: “The record throw helped my body learn what sensations a far throw feels like, and above all it helps keep me motivated when physically I’m not in the best shape. It reminds me of all the work we have done and the things we have already accomplished, so as not to give up.”
Last year, on May 5th, Javier bettered his Personal Best and Spanish National Record to 76.21m (249’9). At only 22, This throw qualified him for his first Olympics. With a third round throw of 73.73m (241’8) in Qualifying, Cienfuegos finished 16th, only 69 centimeters (2’2) from finishing in the top 12 and passing to the finals.
Q: What feelings were you left with after London? Did the expectations hold up to reality? Surely you were happy with the results from your first Olympics, but did it leave you hungry for more?
A: “The London Olympics were incredible, they are a very special event for any athlete. I think what I lived at the Olympics is enough to keep me motivated these next four years until the following games in Rio.”
Javier threw 72.42m (237’5) in his first competition of 2013.
Q: What are your goals for this year? Improve the Spanish National Record and Qualify for your third World Championships?
A: “My main objective this year is to add on a meter and a half (4’9) to my Personal Best. This would allow me to take the next step and to be able to access important finals and to be competing with the best. We have been working towards this step for the last few years but have not been able to break through with the results yet. This year my Coach, Raul Jimeno (a 1984 Olympian for Spain) and I are confident in the work we have done, so now all we have to do is wait for the competitive year to gear up and give it everything we have this summer. Starting the year with 72.42m (237’5) gives me confidence and a feeling of security in the ring. Moscow is this years main goal, and being in the final would be the icing on the cake of a great year.”
Hope all the Throwholics readers have enjoyed reading, just as I have enjoyed writing about this up and coming young talent! Throwholics wishes Javier the best for this upcoming season, we expect to see far throws and big things from him!