Vítězslav Veselý

Vítězslav Veselý (Czech pronunciation: [ˈviːcɛslav ˈvɛsɛliː]) (born 27 February 1983) is a Czech javelin thrower.

Vítězslav Veselý
Vítězslav Veselý 2010 Arena Games.jpg
Personal information
NationalityCzech
Born (1983-02-27) 27 February 1983 (age 37)
Hodonín, Czechoslovakia
ResidencePrague, Czech Republic
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight94 kg (207 lb; 14.8 st)
Sport
CountryCzech Republic
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
ClubDukla Praha
Turned pro2002–
Coached byJan Železný
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Javelin throw: 88.34 (2012)

CareerEdit

He finished ninth at the 2002 World Junior Championships. He threw a personal best throw of 81.20 metres during the qualifying round at the 2008 Olympic Games and finished twelfth in the final. He was less successful at his first World Championships in Athletics the following year, failing to make the final with a throw of 75.76 m.

Veselý improved his personal best by more than five metres at a meeting in Olomouc in May 2010, throwing a world leading mark of 86.45 m.[1] He was ninth at the 2010 European Athletics Championships that year. He came close to a major medal with a fourth-place finish at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. He had his second best ever throw at the Shanghai 2012 Diamond League meet, winning with a mark of 85.40 m.[2] At the 2012 Olympic Games, Veselý threw a new personal best of 88.34 m to improve his world lead;[3] in the final, however, his last throw of 83.34 m was only good enough for 4th place.[4] In 2017, following the disqualification of Oleksandr Pyatnytsya due to doping, Veselý was awarded the bronze medal.[5]

In 2013 Veselý won the World Championships with a mark of 87.17 meters, only 10 cm ahead of Tero Pitkämäki. With this result he became the second Czech world champion in men's javelin throw beside Jan Železný.

During 2014 he wasn't able to defend his title at the Europeans: Veselý finished second with 84.79 m behind Antti Ruuskanen, who was in his best form in the final, reaching 88.01 m at the third round.

AchievementsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 9th 68.76 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 12th 76.76 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 28th (q) 75.76 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 9th 77.83 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 4th 84.11 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 83.72 m
Olympic Games London, Great Britain 3rd 83.34 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 87.17 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 2nd 84.79 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 8th 83.13 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 2nd 83.59 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th 82.51 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 26th (q) 75.50 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar DNS

Seasonal bests by yearEdit

  • 2002 – 73.22
  • 2006 – 75.98
  • 2007 – 79.45
  • 2008 – 81.20
  • 2009 – 80.35
  • 2010 – 86.45
  • 2011 – 84.11
  • 2012 – 88.34
  • 2013 – 87.58
  • 2014 – 87.38
  • 2015 – 88.18
  • 2016 – 84.82
  • 2017 – 82.29
  • 2018 – 82.30
  • 2019 – 82.85

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ World leads for Vesely and Müller. European Athletics (2010-05-09). Retrieved on 2010-05-22.
  2. ^ Johnson, Len (2012-05-19). Liu Xiang and G. Dibaba the standouts in rainy Shanghai – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-05-20.
  3. ^ Turner, Chris (2012-08-08). London 2012 – Event Report – Men's Javelin Throw Qualification. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-09-03.
  4. ^ Turner, Chris (2012-08-08). London 2012 – Event Report – Men's Javelin Throw Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-09-03.
  5. ^ "Veselý se dočkal olympijské medaile. Asi skončí u babičky, usmál se".

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