Jan Železný (Czech pronunciation: [jan ˈʒɛlɛzniː] (listen); 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.
|Born||16 June 1966|
Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (192 lb; 13.7 st)|
Czech Republic (1993–2006)
|Sport||Track and field|
|Now coaching||Vítězslav Veselý|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||WR 98.48 m (1996)|
|Updated on 6 July 2012.|
Železný 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.
Železný 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 Železný threw 5 times over the 90m barrier in a single meeting. Železný is also the only athlete to throw more than 95 meters with the new type of javelin, something he achieved three times.
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.
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- Špotáková končí spolupráci s trenérem Železným Retrieved 4 August 2012.
| Men's javelin world record holder
6 April 1993 – present
|Awards and achievements|
| Czech Athlete of the Year
| Men's European Athlete of the Year
| IAAF World Athlete of the Year
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