Todays javelin event was quite surprising for a lot of track and field fans. The results were quite impressive on the one hand and on the other some throwers throw as far as expected. The final was clearly in Finnish hands while being 3 out of the top 4 positions by Finnish javelin throwers. Antti Ruuskanen was the one who takes gold home with an amazing effort and new personal best of 88,01m. He was followed by the Czech thrower Vitezslav Vesely 84,79m and Tero Pitkämäki 84,40m.
The European top list for the men’s javelin event was quite tight. Vesely was ahead with 87,38m, followed by the German Thomas Röhler 86,99m and Tero Pitkämäki. But not one of the top three managed to get gold. It was the one listed 7th in the European top list for 2014. Antti Ruuskanen who improved his personal best by almost three meters to grab the gold medal.
The two Germans, Thomas Röhler and Andreas Hofmann, who both increased their personal bests over 86m this year did not start the competition well. They faced some difficulties with the tartan and did not manage to throw a distance to get to the final 8 for additional three rounds. Andreas Hofmann ended up with the 9th place and 77,42m and Thomas Röhler even worse with the 12th place and 70,31m. Both said that they did not expect that to happen and it will change during the next competitions. They are still quite young and surely capable of big throws in the near future.
During the first round Antti Ruuskanen opened big with a massive lead of 83,81m to impressive his contenders and to underline what he might be capable off tonight. Risto Mätas, Dmitriy Tarabin and Tero Pitkämäki were the only other throwers who managed to throw over the 80m mark during the first round. It seemed some were too impressed by the throw of Ruuskanen and some just struggled.
Tero Pitkämäki made a massive improvement during the second attempt to get in the silver position. His second round throw was measured 84,16m which was enough to stay in the second place until the fifth round. Vesely was steadily improving during the upcoming attempts with throws of 81,98m, 81,68, 82,62 and his silver medal throw of 84,79m. Tero tried to get back on track to grab the silver medal in the last round but he did not make it. He improved his second attempt by a few centimeters but was still short of Vesely’s throw. His last attempt was measured 84,40m.
To round up the “Finnish” javelin fina,l the third one, Lassi Etelätalo, who was in third place until Vesely’s 5th round placed 4th after all. His best attempt was measured 83,16m. Dmitriy Tarabin ended up with 81,24m and the fifth place and Risto Mätas’ season best of 80,73m was enough to place 6th.
I was lucky today. It was a good competition for me. My technique worked out well. Normally my throws are quite low. Today, they were higher and this gave me a lot of meters.
I knew that I was well prepared but still I was doing little mistakes in the end of the run up. Usually, my run is a bit longer so I was still thinking about how much it affects me. My coach Zelezny kept telling me to push it in the last phase with the hand and stop on the ground, what used to be also his style when he was competing. I did it in the fifth attempts because I was suddenly 4th and that did not make me very happy. I started the engine and I had a little black out while falling on the ground. I am glad it worked out well and the throw was enough for the silver.
I had problems during this competition: I lost a toe nail and after this I hurt my right thigh. Antti and me are roommates, so I knew that Antti would be strong. I tried to go for silver but it did not work out for me today.