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Jan ?elezný
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Personal information
Nationality Czech
Born (1966-06-16) 16 June 1966 (age 51)
Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 87 kg (192 lb; 13.7 st)
Country Czechoslovakia (1987-1992)
Czech Republic (1993-2006)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Javelin Throw
Turned pro 1986
Retired 2006
Now coaching Vít?zslav Veselý
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) WR 98.48 m (1996)
Updated on 6 July 2012.

Jan ?elezný (Czech pronunciation: [jan 'l?zni:]; born 16 June 1966) is a retired Czech track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He was a World and Olympic Champion and holds the world record with a throw of 98.48 m. Widely considered to be the greatest javelin thrower of the modern era, he also has the second, third and fourth best performances of all time.[1]


?elezný was born in Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia. He won the gold at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympic Games and silver in the 1988 Olympics as well as three World Championship titles; in 1993, 1995 and 2001.

?elezný holds the world record, at 98.48 metres (323 ft 1 in) set in 1996, and the World Championships record of 92.80 m, set in 2001. On 26 March 1997 in Stellenbosch, South Africa ?elezný threw 5 times over the 90m barrier in a single meeting. ?elezný is also the only athlete to throw more than 95 meters with the new type of javelin, something he achieved three times.[1]

During his career he has had many great battles against the likes of Steve Backley, Sergey Makarov, Boris Henry, Seppo Räty, Raymond Hecht and Aki Parviainen.

He planned to retire after the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg, where he won the bronze with a throw of 85.92 m. He took leave of his career on 19 September 2006 on exhibition in Mladá Boleslav, the place where he started with athletics.

He coaches Vít?zslav Veselý,[2] and he used to coach Barbora ?potáková.[3]

International competitions

  • 2001 - 92.80
  • 2002 - 87.77
  • 2003 - 89.06
  • 2004 - 86.12
  • 2005 - 83.98
  • 2006 - 86.07

See also


External links

Preceded by
Steve Backley
Men's javelin world record holder
6 April 1993 - present
Succeeded by
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Robert Zm?lík
Dominik Ha?ek
Tomá? Dvo?ák
Czech Athlete of the Year
2000, 2011
Succeeded by
Dominik Ha?ek
Martin Doktor
Ale? Valenta
Preceded by
Jonathan Edwards
Tomá? Dvo?ák
Men's European Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Wilson Kipketer
André Bucher
Preceded by
Michael Johnson
IAAF World Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Hicham El Guerrouj

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