Vetter is aiming for success in Berlin after breakthrough season / By European Athletics

The excitement is growing day-by-day ahead of the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships which is part of the inaugural multi-sport European Championships and the four winners at the Golden Tracks in Vilnius, Lithuania will all be aiming for more medals to add to their collections next summer.

Berlin will be staging the athletics programme and European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen was already looking ahead in anticipation to the biennial event which begins in the Olympic Stadium on 7 August.

“We are already waiting to go to Berlin and I can say that on behalf of everyone in the room – Berlin will be fantastic! We have the athletes, we have invited the European world champions and they all said they are going to be in Berlin and that is the most important thing for us – the athletes,” said President Hansen.

Three world champions scooped up four of the main awards on Saturday night including Johannes Vetter, who won the world javelin title in London. Nobody has launched the javelin further than Vetter in the past 21 years and he too cannot wait for Berlin after being named the male European Athlete of the Year.

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World javelin champion Johannes Vetter  (ETSV Offenburg) from Germany has been crowned male European Athlete of the Year at the Golden Tracks in Vilnius!

On Saturday evening, the European Association EAA voted “Light Athletes of the Year” 2017 at the “Golden Tracks Gala” in Vilnius (Lithuania). In the men, the choice fell on javelin World Champion Johannes Vetter, among the women on Ekaterina Stefanidi.

The highly anticipated decision has fallen: the European Association EAA announced on Saturday in Vilnius the winners of the election to “European Athletes of the Year”. In the men javelin world champion Johannes Vetter prevailed. Nominated for the Top Three were also 200-meter world champion Ramil Guliyev (Turkey) and ten-fighter world champion Kevin Mayer (France).

In the case of women, the decision was made without German participation. It won the Pole Vault World Champion Ekaterini Stefanidi (Greece). After the first round of the European Cup, Maria Kuchina (a neutral Russian flag), Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland, Hammerwurf) and Nafissatou Thiam (Belgium, Siebenkampf) were among the top four.

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During the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championship Hungary raised its hand to be a potential organiser of the 2023 IAAF World Athletics Chapionship!

And now, Budapest has emerged as the clear favourite to host the 2023 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships after it was revealed that a country from Africa will wait until 2025 to bid for the sport’s flagship event.

The Hungarian capital had already opened discussions with the IAAF about staging the Championships but there was growing support for Nairobi after the Kenyan capital staged a highly successful IAAF World Under-18 Championships earlier this year.

Budapest two weeks ago introduced the new Athletic Stadium that would be the center stage for the IAAF 2023 event.  A stadium that would serve only the athletes, no soccer!

Lord Sebastian Coe discusses ideas with Márton Gyulai for the 2023 IAAF World Athletics Chapionship

Miklós Németh – Olympic Champion of 1976 Montreal Olympic Games




The next championship will be in Doha in 2019, then  Eugene in 2021 will be the first time consecutive editions of the IAAF World Championships have been held outside Europe.  This year’s event in London was the most successful in the history of the Championships.

More than 700,000 tickets were sold for the Championships – far exceeding the previous attendance record of 417,156 sold for the 2009 event in Berlin.  European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen has been lobbying hard for the Championships to return to Europe in 2023.

BUDAPEST – The most beautiful capital of Central Europe

With returning to the Budapest stadium, the stadium would normally take 15 thousand visitors, that can be raised to a maximum 55 000 seats.  The development would end in 2020, way before the 2023 worldwide event would take place.

Budapest may be the next athletics destination for competitors and fans!




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This week marks the opening of the voting process for the 2017 World Athletes of the Year ahead of the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017 in Monaco on Friday 24 November.

The IAAF is pleased to confirm a list of 10 men and 10 women nominees who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF.

The nominees for 2017 World Athlete of the Year are:

Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT)
Pawel Fajdek (POL)
Mohamed Farah (GBR)
Sam Kendricks (USA)
Elijah Manangoi (KEN)
Luvo Manyonga RSA)
Omar McLeod (JAM)
Christian Taylor (USA)
Wayde van Niekerk (RSA)
Johannes Vetter (GER)

Almaz Ayana (ETH)
Maria Lasitskene (ANA)
Hellen Obiri (KEN)
Sally Pearson (AUS)
Sandra Perkovic (CRO)
Brittney Reese (USA)
Caster Semenya (RSA)
Ekaterini Stefanidi (GRE)
Nafissatou Thiam (BEL)
Anita Wlodarczyk (POL)

A three-way voting process will determine the finalists.

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Lengthening the Rotational Path of the Implement

Closed Shoulders. During the delivery, we wish to lengthen not only the linear path of the implement, but also the rotational path of the implement. For this reason, we begin the throw with the shoulders closed. Closed shoulders means that as delivery begins, the shoulders are directed away from the throwing direction. The degree to which the shoulders are closed varies from event to event. These closed positions provide a greater angle through which the shoulders may turn before reaching their final position, and thus a longer path of the implement and longer force application times.

Separation. As the delivery begins, the shoulders and hips should both be closed and facing away from the throwing direction. However, the shoulders must be closed more than the hips. This difference in alignment between the hips and shoulders is called separation, the term derived from the separation between the hip and shoulder axes.

Delaying the Upper Body Movements

Initially Passive Upper Body. During the early stage of delivery, the thrower’s upper body should remain closed and passive. This allows the lower body to operate first, with the upper body moving only later upon receipt of energy from the lower body.
Torque. The throw is initiated by turning the lower body (the turning of the upper body lags behind). This turning of the lower body, combined with the passiveness of the upper body, creates a twisting of the core of the body called torque. This torque creates stretch reflexes in the torso musculature, enabling greater subsequent acceleration of the implement as the core unwinds. This is the method by which rotational energy of the lower body is fed to the upper body.

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