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Andrus Värnik (born 27 September 1977) is a retired Estonian track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He is a World Champion, having won gold in 2005. His personal best throw of 87.83 m, set in 2003, was the Estonian record for 15 years.

Andrus Värnik
Andrus Varnik.jpg
Värnik in 2004
Personal information
Born27 September 1977 (1977-09-27) (age 41)
Antsla, Estonia
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight97 kg (214 lb)
Sport
Country Estonia
SportAthletics
Event(s)Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)NR 87.83 m (2003)

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CareerEdit

Värnik won his first international medal, a silver medal, in the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, throwing 85.17 m. The next year he finished sixth in the javelin contest at the Olympic Games with the result 83.25 m.

With 87.17 m he won a surprise gold medal at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, ahead of Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen, defending World Champion Sergey Makarov and home favorite Tero Pitkämäki.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2007, Värnik participated as a celebrity contestant on the second season of Tantsud tähtedega, an Estonian version of Strictly Come Dancing. His professional dancing partner was Kaisa Oja.

On 16 January 2010, Värnik was caught drunk driving in Tallinn. He was banned from driving for 4 months and fined 12,000 kroons.[1]

AchievementsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Estonia
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 23rd (q) 56.94 m
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 14th 63.04 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 15th 81.34 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 21st 75.66 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 2nd 85.17 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens Olympic Stadium, Greece 6th 83.25 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland 1st 87.17 m

Seasonal bests by yearEdit

  • 2000 – 82.16
  • 2001 – 80.83
  • 2002 – 85.47
  • 2003 – 87.83
  • 2004 – 87.58
  • 2005 – 87.19
  • 2006 – 84.85
  • 2007 – 75.96
  • 2008 – 81.11
  • 2009 – 82.00
  • 2010 – 74.50
  • 2011 – 76.20

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Andrus Värnik purupurjus autoroolis" (in Estonian). Elu24.ee. Retrieved 11 May 2010.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Andrus Veerpalu
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Jüri Jaanson
Preceded by
Jüri Jaanson
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Andrus Veerpalu