16 JUL 2004 General News

Men's Javelin Throw Final

Aleksey Tovarnov of Russia set a new World leading mark of 79.38 metres to win a superb competition in the men’s Javelin Throw final.

Fourth in the World Junior lists before Grosseto, the Russian improved his personal best of 73.74m three times to take the first Javelin gold for Russia in the history of the World Junior Championships - just eleven month after Sergey Makarov finally clinched gold in Paris!

South Africa’s Lohan Rautenbach took silver with a new personal best of 74.42 while World Youth champion Julio Cesar de Oliveira was third with a best mark of 73.86m.

Already after round one the positions for gold and silver were decided as Tovarnov threw an excellent 75.84 with Rautenbach who was throwing last responding with a pb of 74.28m.

No other competitor would surpass these marks.

The South African improved to 74.42 in his second round effort while de Oliveira moved up a spot in third position for the first time today with a 72.19m throw leaving Joshua Johnson of Australia - the second best in the world before Grosseto - temporarily in fourth.

Pursuing a great Greek tradition in the Javelin Throw, Yervasios Filippidis saw his spear land at a new personal best of 73.37m which put him in bronze medal position just before the order of throwers was inverted.

The bronze medal was decided in round five as first Robbinson improved to 73.76m and then de Oliveira throwing 73.86m just minutes later. The Brazilian took bronze leaving the Australian in the most unfortunate fourth position and Filippidis in fifth.

Tovarnov and Rautenbach were the only protagonists of round six as the South African managed to put together his longest throw of the day only to see the red flag risen as his foot stepped on the line. The Javelin landed past the 75 metres line which may have been near the Russian’s leading mark of 75.84m but throwing last Tovarnov put an end to all speculation with a brilliant final effort of 79.38m.

Sebastian Jachimowicz of Poland who was the World leader coming into the championships could only finish seventh.