Robert OOSTHUIZEN

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    23 JAN 1987
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    192149
John Robert Oosthuizen of South Africa competes in the men's javelin throw qualification round during day six  (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Javelin Throw 86.80 Oudtshoorn (RSA) 01 MAR 2008

Legend

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Latest Active Season: 2014

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Javelin Throw 79.57 Pretoria (RSA) 26 APR 2014

Outdoor

Javelin Throw

Performance Place Date
2014 79.57 Pretoria (RSA) 26 APR 2014
2013 81.97 Potchefstroom (RSA) 20 APR 2013
2012 77.18 Göteborg (SWE) 14 JUN 2012
2011 84.38 Doha (QAT) 06 MAY 2011
2010 82.96 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 19 FEB 2010
2009 81.18 Ostrava (CZE) 17 JUN 2009
2008 86.80 Oudtshoorn (RSA) 01 MAR 2008
2007 84.52 Osaka (JPN) 02 SEP 2007
2006 83.07 Beijing (CHN) 19 AUG 2006
2005 75.94 Tunis (TUN) 03 SEP 2005

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. Javelin Throw 84.52 Osaka (JPN) 02 SEP 2007

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 83.07 Beijing (CHN) 19 AUG 2006

Honours - African Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Javelin Throw 77.81 Marrakesh (MAR) 14 AUG 2014
7. Javelin Throw 62.13 Porto Novo (BEN) 01 JUL 2012

Honours - All-African Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 78.05 Algiers (ALG) 22 JUL 2007

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Javelin Throw 78.32 Melbourne (AUS) 25 MAR 2006

Honours - World University Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Javelin Throw 81.63 Kazan (RUS) 10 JUL 2013

Honours - African U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 75.94 Tunis (TUN) 03 SEP 2005

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Javelin Throw 78.80 Pretoria (RSA) 11 APR 2014
1. Javelin Throw 76.41 Stellenbosch (RSA) 12 APR 2013
1. Javelin Throw 76.32 Port Elizabeth (RSA) 13 APR 2012
1. Javelin Throw 81.18 Durban (RSA) 10 APR 2011
1. Javelin Throw 80.70 Stellenbosch (RSA) 14 MAR 2009
1. Javelin Throw 72.13 Stellenbosch (RSA) 15 MAR 2008
1. Javelin Throw 81.24 Durban (RSA) 17 MAR 2007
Results in:

Javelin Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
15 MAR 2014 Stellenbosch Boland Ch. RSARSA F F 1. 72.76
11 APR 2014 Pretoria South African Ch. RSARSA B F 1. 78.80
26 APR 2014 Pretoria South African University Ch. RSARSA F F 1. 79.57
14 AUG 2014 Marrakesh African Championships MARMAR GL F 3. 77.81


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Updated 27 July 2008

Robert OOSTHUIZEN, South Africa (Javelin) 

Born 23 January 1987, Bloemfontein
1.88m / 101kg  
Matie Athletics Club, Stellenbosch
Coach: Johan Oosthuizen (father)

With spectacular improvement every year, Robert Oosthuizen is considered a genuine world star in the making. His career has been something of a fairytale since his first global exposure at the 2003 World Youth Championships, in Sherbrooke, Canada, where he led until the last round when Brazilian Júlio César de Oliveira snatched the gold medal by a mere 9cm.    

Oosthuizen underwent elbow surgery in 2004 that held him back for some time but he came into his own at the 2006 World Junior Championships, in Beijing, with a brilliant victory. In so doing he recorded 83.07, a South African junior, African junior, and Championship record.

Progress really began in 2005. Oosthuizen’s first ever throw with the 800gm javelin was at a schools meeting at his home town of Malmesbury, where he started with 69 metres.   At the national senior championships, shortly afterwards, he recorded 71.48 for a bronze medal.  He missed the national juniors that year but, in September, he went to the African Junior Championships, in Radès, Tunisia, where he threw 75.94, winning easily.    

Five months later, an impressive second place at the national senior championships and trials for the Commonwealth Games followed, with an improvement to 79.43 that earned a berth in the South Africa team for Melbourne. There he finished fifth (78.32). After a warm-up meeting in Windhoek, for the World Juniors in July, which he won with 77.36, his next stop was his first visit to Beijing. And there, in China, he became the third South African since 1994 to win the global junior gold medal as well as the world’s third best junior of all time.

The other two South African winners were Marius Corbett (1994), who became World senior champion in 1997, and Hardus Pienaar (2000). Prior to Osaka (2007) Oosthuizen won the All Africa Games title, in Algiers, and more brilliance followed in Japan. There he finished sixth with the second longest throw on the All Time lists by a South African-born athlete.  It was achieved in the opening round when he slightly twisted his ankle with a throw of 84.52 that made him the early leader.      

The 2008 Olympic year started in style, with another personal best of 86.80, but a further minor setback occurred when he had to have a small growth removed from his left ankle, which led to him missing the African Championships. He joined the European circuit in the Rome Golden League event with a solid 81.54 but then encountered some technique problems.  

Oosthuizen’s father and coach, Johan, will accompany him to a pre-OIympic training camp in Korea and both are confident that he will be ready in China.

In 1990, shortly after the current javelin was introduced, Johan became the second South African to surpass 80m with a throw of 80.92.  Robert’s younger brother Albert (19) is also a javelin thrower and mother, Jeanne, a loyal and dedicated supporter.       

Robert, enrolled as an external a Bachelor of Commerce student, is a keen angler but he hopes to continue with athletics for many years to come.  His main aim is to continue improving his distances as many times as possible.      


Personal Best

Javelin: 86.80 (2008) 


Yearly Progression

Javelin: 2005 - 75.94; 2006 - 83.07; 2007 - 84.52; 2008 - 86.80.      


Career Highlights

2003  2nd  World Youth Championships
2005  1st   African Junior Championships
2006  1st   World Junior Championships
2007  1st   All Africa Games
2007  6th  World Championships

  
Prepared by Gert le Roux for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

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