The world governing body’s flagship event is confirmed as heading to the Hungarian capital
The 2023 IAAF World Championships will take place in Budapest, it has been confirmed.
In the past, the Hungarian capital has held the European Championships in 1966 and 1998 as well as the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 1989 and 2004.
There have also been moves to stage the Olympics in recent years but last year it pulled out of a bid to hold the 2024 Games.
Budapest will follow Doha next year and Eugene in 2021 as the city that will stage the world governing body’s flagship event.
The decision to award the event to Budapest came after a consultation process rather than the previous model of bid campaigns.
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by European Athletics
The fifth edition of the World Javelin Conference took place again in Kuortane, Finland on 15-16 November and featured an excellent line-up of speakers, including leading athletes and coaches.
The World Javelin Conference attracted 120 participants from 22 countries and was the third of five events comprising the European Athletics Coaching Summit Series which came into being in 2008 and has been an important pillar of European Athletics’ coaching strategy.
The programme started with an opening talk from Director of the Kuortane Olympic Training Center Tapio Korjus before the floor was left to European javelin silver medallist Andreas Hofmann and his coach Lutz Klemm. They gave a presentation based on his training principles before giving a demonstration in which they put their knowledge into practice for a fascinated audience.
Another highlight was a presentation from Uwe Hohn entitled: “The story behind 104.80m.” Hohn talked about setting the world record with the old specification javelin and also gave a training demonstration with Australia’s Kathryn Mitchell, who won the Commonwealth javelin title in Gold Coast in April.
The programme also included a presentation and a practical demonstration from leading Finnish javelin thrower Oliver Helander and his coach Glen Lignell. Helander, 21, improved his lifetime best to 88.02m this season and is very much one of the country’s future hopes in the event.
As well as talks and demonstrations from leading athletes and coaches, there were also presentations on the topics of strength training, biomechanics and field test results and functional mobility screening for throwers. There was also a presentation from CEO of Nordic Sport Dennis Osterberg on their latest javelin models.
The European Athletics Coaching Summit Series concludes on 4-6 January 2019 with the International Festival of Athletics Coaching.
A collection of statistical comparisons showing how much U.S. male javelin throwers need to improve before challenging for medals on the world stage, with suggestions as to how this may be accomplished.
By Don Babbitt, University of Georgia
The United States has had a moderate level of success in the men’s javelin throw at major championships such as the Olympic Games and World Championships over the past 35 years, dating back to the first IAAF Championships back in 1983. However, in more recent times, this success has dropped off and it is now a rare occasion that a U.S. men’s javelin thrower will even qualify for the final in a major championship (see Table 1). For a country of 326 million inhabitants with a strong sporting culture, especially with regard to throwing things, it is quite an underwhelming performance. It is obvious there must be some issues within the developmental system that are not allowing the U.S. to keep up with the other javelin throwing powers in producing world class javelin throwers. The purpose of this article will be to examine and discuss four critical elements that are thought to be part of this current state of affairs:
1. Characterize the development structure and recent trends within the U.S. men’s javelin system.
2. Identify what levels of performance are needed to be competitive at the international level and the major championships.
3. Identify factors within the U.S. men’s javelin development system that could be holding back greater development.
4. Offer potential solutions to meet these performance targets.