Only 48 hours after improving his European lead with 87.36m at the German Championships, Johannes Vetter added nearly four metres to the world lead with his longest throw in two years at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku on Tuesday (11), a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Meeting.

Vetter had effectively sealed the win in the first round of the competition with the German’s spear landing at a brilliant 91.49m, by far the longest throw in the world this year. He also displaced Olympic champion Thomas Rohler’s meeting record of 91.28m.

Vetter’s next three marks – 87.59m, 88.57m and 86.42m – all would have won the competition from his compatriot Andreas Hofmann who set a season’s best of 85.24m, a significant improvement on his yearly debut at the German Championships in Braunschweig where Hoffman was limited to a modest 77.35m. Both Vetter and Hoffman will be in action in Leverkusen on Sunday. 

“I really did not expect this,” said Vetter. “We had the German Championships a few days ago and then I was in top shape and felt that I had an 87-88 meter throw in my body. I definitely have a few more meters in my body. The technique was not perfect today either, so I can still improve.”

As demonstrated by his performance at the German Championships, Vetter can still produce high calibre performances without spectators but the 2017 world champion thoroughly enjoyed throwing in front of an audience who were well-known for their love of the javelin.

“To hear the audience when you release the spear and then notice how they become more and more loud when the spear flies over 80, 85 meters – it is good,” said Vetter.

Full results here.

More to follow…

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