Only two German javelin throwers have ever thrown further the new javelin from 1986. Thomas Röhler just threw the 800gr implement to 89.27m in Kuortane, Finland and becomes a valid candidate for the medals at the World Championship!
Before today’s competitio Thomas Röhler was ranked 5th on the all time top list with a house record of 87.63m. Today Röhler improved his personal best top make the top three all time list. The German champion threw the 800 grams heavy implement to oustanding 89.27m. Since 1997 there was no other German who had thrown further. Borig Obergföll, current national head coach, threw the implement 90.44m in Linz, Austria. The German record is held by Raymond Hecht who threw 92.60m.
With this high class performance, Thomas Röhler also provided a good sign for the medals at the world championships. In Kuortane Röhler put all Finish throwers behind him. Olympic bronze medalist Antii Russkaanen placed 2nd with 87.46m, Vice world champion Tero Pitkämäki 85.84m for the 3rd place and Ari Mannio 82.61m which was only enough for the 4th place. Only two athletes have thrown further in 2015. Julius Yego threw the 800gr implement to a world leading mark of 91.39m and the Olympic Champion Keshorn Walcott to 90.16m.
“No words needed” – so the first reaction of the 23-year-old Thomas Röhler on Facebook. He also shows a video of the cast – and huge cheers then.
Sanni Utriannen throws a new personal best of 63.03m to take the victory in the women’s javelin event. Oona Sormunen, also from Finland became 2nd with 57.93m and Kim Hamilton 3rd with 56.48m
Source: leichtathletik.de by Silke Morrissey