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  • Women's Javelin as Close to World Record as the Men's

    Many people are excited about the men's javelin, with the recent 90+meter throws. But the women's competition is also having a great year. Let's compare the gaps between this year's world leads and the world records. Johannes Vetter's throw of 94.44 meters, which occurred today (July 11, 2017), is 4.04 meters away from Jan Zelezny's record of 98.48 meters. On the women's side, Sara Kolak's throw of 68.43 meters, which was thrown on July 6, 2017, is only 3.85 meters away from the world record of 72.28 meters, set by Barbora Spotakova. It is still July so we could get longer throws, perhaps a world record or two.

  • #2
    Difference is: Vetter's is the 5th best throw ever, Röhler's was 6th, Kolak's isn't even in the top 30.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by norunner View Post
      Difference is: Vetter's is the 5th best throw ever, Röhler's was 6th, Kolak's isn't even in the top 30.
      I could see all three throw better this year so even Kolak can move up the ladder of best throws. Her throw is not that far off from the world record.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by norunner View Post
        Difference is: Vetter's is the 5th best throw ever, Röhler's was 6th, Kolak's isn't even in the top 30.
        If you're talking performances, you're probably correct.

        But on the list of A-T PERFORMERS, Kolak is 7th!!

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        • #5
          I agree that the men's javelin is exciting right now and the women's has the potential to be exciting. On Sunday, July 16, 2017, the finals of the women's javelin will be held at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, at 7 p.m. local time, or 1 p.m. New York time. Both Sara Kolak and Eda Tugsuz, the Turk who had the 67.21 meter world lead until the Lausanne Diamond League, are on the entry list. Assuming both are in the finals the question is will the competition, especially between them, make them go farther than they thought they would without it. Ms. Tugsuz should use this competition to answer those who think that her 67.21 meter throw was a fluke. It could be an exciting finals.

          If anybody wants to watch it the live stream will be at www.european-athletics.org. It says that it will be streamed worldwide except in Poland, Germany, and Sweden.

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          • #6
            Smaller margin in distance, in % Kolak is roughly 5.3% short of WR and Vetter is 4.5% short.

            Not to mention the female record holder is still active. There's less hype closing in on a fresh record.

            That said, I think it's a great time for all of throwing right now. Female shot put could be the exception, but well, that record is not fair..

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            • #7
              Originally posted by trackk View Post

              Not to mention the female record holder is still active. There's less hype closing in on a fresh record.
              The record is close to being nine years old. Barbora Spotakova is still active but it would be a surprised if she could throw 72+meters again. Kolak has a lot of potential and a lot of time to break the world record.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by trackk View Post
                That said, I think it's a great time for all of throwing right now. Female shot put could be the exception, but well, that record is not fair..
                It's true that the record isn't fair but the measures are quite short right now. You can clearly see it in the USA: many collegians can throw 18+ while the top putters struggle to achieve 19m... and they are professionals... the likes of Smith, Johnson, Stevens are all struggling right now. With Adams and Schwanitz sitting the year there is nothing to be excited. I fear it will take less than 20m to win in London...

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