World record anytime soon?

Back in 1996 the current javelin world record was set at a remarkable 98,48m. It was set by the most well known javelin thrower–an athlete that will most likely always be in your personal all-time top-10.

Jan Zelezny (Czech Republic) is most known for throwing the current men's javelin world record, he was such an remarkable athlete with 53 of the total 99 throws over 90 meters, Zelezny turning pro back in 1986 at the same time that the javelin specifications were changing, from the old rules javelin to the current rules javelin, Zelezny committed every moment of every day training for the event he loved so much and was a true dedicated athlete.

but since Zelezny retirement back in 2006 and finally ending his long and remarkable career, there has not been an athlete that has throwing close to the javelin world record.
Please take into account there are MANY other remarkable javelin throwers that we all love watching, but for this topic of conversation I am talking about the top 3

Now I'm sure most of you are saying Julius Yego right now, "Mr YouTube man" is another remarkable thrower with the wake up throw of 92.72 meters that he threw in 2015 at the Beijing world championships, that shocked the javelin community, the longest throw since 2006. Yego is so far the closest to that world record!

The only other athlete to get close to the WR was Aki Parviainen from Finland who threw a personal best of 93.09 back in 1999



But the question on most people minds is can he break it?

From a personal point of view, I have very much enjoyed watching Yego and writing articles about him, and I am in no way am saying he in incapable of getting  close to the WR but I personally think that the current 98.48 world record will not be broke any time soon.

Im sure Yego is capable of throwing 93m+ and I very much hope he will, along with the rest of the throwers, more 90m+ throws this year would be amazing but the distance and power, speed, flexibility, etc needed to launch a throw to beyond 98m would be massive.

But never say never because it could well happen this year, but from a personal view I don't see the WR going anytime soon.




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  • There is not currently an athlete capable of reaching Zelezny's record, in my opinion. There are many wonderful throwers today, and many great "fights" among them for the next few years (good for us!!) but none come close to the all round top abilities Zelezny had: speed being the most difficult to control when you need it and that was Jan's best weapon. He made 93m seem like a "bad" throw! Personally, I think this ear's guys can hit 95m but the next 3.5m will take someone very special. I sure hope I live to see it!!!

  • Fully Agree, I didn't want to sound as if I was knocking all the other top throwers because I'm not, I respect and look up to all the other amazing throwers. I just hear a lot of people saying that Yego could break the world record, and I'm sure is no easy throw to get over 98.48.

  • You cant compare Jan Zelezny's throws with the throws from Yego. I think this new nordic javelin makes more improvement than the actual thrower. If you compare the back view from Jan Zelezny and Julius Yego and spot the diffrence in the fibration of the javelin, you can clearly see the diffrence is huuuge ( Carbon - Steel ).


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    Look at this javelin. Zelezny threw 2 times 95m with this spaghetti javelin.

  • Do you think there was something else that might have helped Zelezny on the special day he set the world record? I mean, 98.48 is so far ahead of anything else even he threw. The record was set on May 25 in Jena, Germany. The film that day shows the weather was warm, as the women were in short sleeves, but also cloudy, which makes me think the barometric pressure was low that day. Munich Germany recorded a high of 70 degrees that day, and a low of 50, with .14 inch of precipitation.


    I think the barometric pressure may have aided him somewhat that day in his superhuman achievement.

  • Zelezny threw 100+ in boleslav during training. Condition normal

  • Hey guys, a little off topic - does anyone know Zelezny's series from the Jena 1996 WR day? I haven't been able to find any info on that.

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