Jan Zelezny, WR holder, Javelin Throw, Ostrava, 2006, photo courtesy of PhotoRun.net.
I can think of several records that I might put with Zelezny: Bolt’s 100 meters, or 200 meters, men’s 10,000 meters, but the statisticians come up with one of our sport’s greats: the javelin throws of one Jan Zelezny. Just under 5-10, Zelezny, in his prime, was a sight to behold. His speed alone was unbelievable, but the final steps, his release, and the whole crowd was on board, willing that spear farther and farther!
What I like about the javelin is it’s ancient roots. Something primal, something awesome, something inspiring about doing
an event that connects one with athletic ancestors nearly five thousand years ago! Congrats to Jan Zelezny!
CASTRO VALLEY (USA): Statistician Dale Harder says the best menâ€˜s world record is the one from Jan Zelezny in the javelin throw. He explains that based on empirical results Zeleznyâ€˜s throw of 98.48m is aÂ better mark then Usain Boltâ€˜s 9.58 and 19.19. Nobody has managed to come within 5% of the world javelin record, while over 150 sprinters have been able to come within 5% of the Usainâ€˜s 100m world record writes trackandfieldnews.com.