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ROAD TO RIO

IN A CONTINUING SERIES, STEVE SMYTHE LOOKS AT THE HISTORY OF EVENTS AT THE OLYMPICS, THIS WEEK FOCUSING ON THE MEN’S JAVELIN
Andreas Thorkildsen: first in both 2004 and 2008

OLYMPIC RECORD

90.57m Andreas Thorkildsen

Multiple champions: Eric Lemming 1908/1912, Jonni Myyra 1920/1924, Jan Zelezny 1992/1996/2000, Andreas Thorkildsen 2004/2008

MEN’S JAVELIN – RIO FORM GUIDE

THE anticipated favourite based on 2015 form is world champion Julius Yego.

The Kenyan was only 12th in London 2012, but won his title in Beijing with a 92.72m throw and was a greatly improved athlete last year.

Miklos Nemeth: world record victory in 1976

Defending champion Keshorn Walcott set a four-metre PB last year and went over 90 metres but he has failed to qualify for the last two world finals after his shock London victory.

Germany’s Thomas Rohler was fourth in Beijing and has been on the upward curve for the last six years.

Jakub Vadlejch is the April world leader this year with 85.54m, but has never previously qualified for a global final.

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