March 11, 2018, Leira, Portugal

What and incredible throw!  World Champion in Javelin Throw Johannes Vetter just had another fantastic day in the European Throwing Cup in Leira!

Offenburg’s#1 thrower extended his world-leading mark out to 92.70m!  That means Johannes is less then 6 meters away from Jan Zelezny’s world record of 98.48m!  And, it’s still March!! At the end of February, Vetter threw the training camp at Potchefstroom South Africa to finish 91.22.   Johannes can’t wait to celebrate with his hometown friend in Offenburg in June 2nd when the II. Usapharm Speerwurf-Meeting 2018. will take place.

Results LINK


  1. Vetter, Johannes GER X 85,57 88,28 84,29 92,70 82,80 92,70
  2. Seifert, Bernhard GER X 71,92 80,62 X X 80,11 80,62
  3. Seifert, Bernhard GER X 71,92 80,62 X X 80,11 80,62


1 197 Borge, Sigrid 03/12/1995 NOR 53,27 57,30 x 62,42 55,59 x 62,42
2 118 Hussong, Christin 17/04/1994 GER 58,38 58,78 56,56 60,02 59,19 57,13 60,02
3 121 Molitor, Katharina 08/11/1983 GER 53,29 54,36 54,71 56,45 54,73 59,80 59,80
4 240 Ratej, Martina 02/11/1981 SLO 59,28 56,78 57,57 57,76 x x 59,28
5 168 Bani, Zahra 31/12/1979 ITA 52,42 x 55,18 54,75 54,61 56,48 56,48
6 298 Hatsko‐Fedusova, Hanna 03/10/1990 UKR x 49,04 x 50,17 x 54,35 54,35
7 155 Dorozhon, Margaryta 04/09/1987 ISR 52,86 52,89 x 51,43 x x 52,89
8 25 Yarmakova, Viktoriya 18/01/1995 BLR 50,82 x 51,67 x 51,59 x 51,67
9 243 Mirković, Tatjana 10/08/1990 SRB 49,95 46,00 50,28 x 45,72 48,45 50,28


1.Novac, Alexandru ROU 73,94 75,16 X 73,90 73,52 80,73 80,73

2.Rivasz-Tóth, Norbert HUN 80,26 X X X X 77,81 80,26

J. Vetter and B. Seifert

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Record-breaking Mitchell in career-best form with javelin

Kathryn Mitchell has set an Australian javelin record for the second time in a month.

The Ballarat Olympian exceeded her own national women’s mark by throwing 68.57 metres at the Victoriuan Track and Field Championships in Melbourne on Saturday.

Mitchell early last month threw 67.58m at a Ringwood meet – passing Kim Mickle’s 66.83 set in 2014.

Mitchell’s career-best form comes as she prepares for her fourth Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast next month.

She has never been better placed to medal at the Commonwealth Games.

The 35-year-old finished sixth in in Melbourne in 2006, fifth in 2010 and fourth in 2014.

She is also a two-time Olympian, having been ninth in London in 2012 and sixth in Rio de Janierro two years ago.

Her other accolades include being a four-time Ballarat Sportswoman of the Year.

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91.22 meters – Johannes Vetter already in world-class form

| Potchefstroom / by Alexandra Dersch

World Champion Johannes Vetter already teaches fear to the competition at the end of February. At a competition during his training camp in Potchefstroom the Offenburger threw the javelin on Tuesday evening at 91.22 meters.  Not one javelin thrower has ever thrown a javelin in February.

91.22 meters are the third best result in the javelin career so far by Johannes Vetter (LG Offenburg). A video of this impressive throw has the 24-year-old published on his Instagram channel.

Only the four-time European champion Steve Backley has thrown in the history of the javelin earlier than the German record holder (94.44 m): On January 25, 1992, a litter of the British in Auckland (New Zealand) with 91.46 meters measured.

The Potsdamer Bernhard Seifert entered the season in the same competition as Vetter in Potchefstroom with 81.45 meters.

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European Winter Throwing Cup 2018.

One month to go – European Throwing Cup / by European Athletics

It is one of the most anticipated events of the early part of the year and the 18th edition of the European Throwing Cup is now just one month away.

On the weekend of 10-11 March, the Portuguese city of Leiria will host the competition for the third time having staged it in 2014 and 2015.

As some of the world’s best throwers prepare to put into practice all those months of hard training, the event could be graced by one of the best of them all. On the back of his amazing 2017 season, Germany’s Johannes Vetter has indicated this competition slots into his schedule as he looks set to put in motion his javelin plans for what could be another extraordinary year for him.

Twelve months ago when this competition took place in Las Palmas, another German thrower took the plaudits in an event in which they have such strength in depth with Julian Weber winning with an early season world-lead of 85.85m.

But Vetter dominated the event during a memorable summer in which he moved to second on the world all-time lists with 94.44m in Lucerne in July before winning his first major title at the IAAF World Championships in London. Vetter was then duly anointed male European Athlete of the Year at the Golden Track award ceremony in Vilnius, Lithuania – the first German man to claim the accolade.

The European Throwing Cup is one of the great weekends of throwing – with 16 events being held, with men and women competing in senior and U23 competitions in the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin.

The men’s U23 hammer showed the standard of competition as Germany’s Alexej Mikhailov won with a personal best of 71.56m from Hungary’s Bence Halasz (71.51m). A few months later at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Bydgoszcz, the tide was turned as Halasz was crowned champion (73.30m) with Mikhailov (70.60m) in bronze.

Halasz’s teammate Anita Marton maintained her brilliant level of consistency, winning the European Throwing Cup with 18.05m ahead of a silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in London.

France’s discus star Melina Robert-Michon was another who went from winning at the European Throwing Cup to making the podium in London where she claimed a bronze medal while Croatia’s Olympic javelin champion Sara Kolak claimed the U23 title in Las Palmas with 61.01m before winning the European U23 title in Bydgoszcz.

This is proof enough that preparing for this competition in March can lead to glory later in the year with the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships edging closer all the time.

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Kathryn Mitchell 67.58m – a new Australian javelin throw record!


Kathryn Mitchell (Vic) is the new Australian record holder in women’s javelin, throwing 67.58m at a meet in Ringwood, Victoria on Sunday afternoon.

It was an emotional moment for Mitchell in the wake of the death of Australian men’s record holder, Jarrod Bannister on Friday. The pair shared a coach in former East German world record holder Uwe Hohn until 2010.

“To be honest it has been a shock this week,” said Mitchell. “The record drips in irony.

“Most people’s heart and spirit would have been heavy about the loss. I can only image what the family are feeling about the loss.”

The previous national mark of 66.83m was set by Kim Mickle in 2014.

Mitchell, fouled on her first attempt at the Athletics Victoria throws meet before launching a booming 67.58m. It improved her world lead set late last month of 66.73m, just 10 centimetres short of the national record.

Kathryn with Uwe Hohn

The two-time Olympian then followed with 65.89m, a foul, 65.56m, and finally 64.47m.

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