Jan Železný – The Youth Years

The life story of one of the best Czech athletes in history did not start very well. Jan Železný was born on June 16, 1966, in the seventh month of pregnancy weighing 2.3 kilograms, and the left foot unnaturally retracted because of the shortened tendons. In his childhood, he was miserable for a variety of injuries, often sick and difficult to cope with his elder brother Peter. Thanks to the sad detour, he learned to overcome the complex obstacles, which later led him to the world’s Javelin Throw throne.

Few cities in the world can boast a native, a triple Olympic champion and triple world champion. Mladá Boleslav is such a town because Jan Železný was born here, grew up here and was honored – he became his honorary citizen. He is an athlete whose performance even changed the rules of the javelin when he sought to overcome the hundred-meter limit. He himself said once: “If there was an optimal interplay of all the circumstances, it would now be possible to overcome this limit.” But that would probably have to change the rules again ..


Both Honza’s parents were excellent athletes (mother and father Jaroslav threw the javelin), but their second son enrolled in the “normal” school and left a choice of sports on him. The young Honza therefore played both handball and hockey and also threw a cricket ball – at that time he said he had a performance of 78 meters. Since his youth, Jan has been a record holder for his country.

The phenomenal javelin, Jan Železný, returned to his long love – handball during the exhibition, played on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the legendary Jiří Vícha

He definitely adhered to athletics only when watching the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki, where Kratochvílová, Bugár and others. In the same year, he also introduced himself for the first time in the international field: he won the sixth place at the juniors world championship in Schwechat, Austria (7th European Junior Athletics Championships / 71.26m  //62.66 61.74 71.26 x x 69.92// Schwechat 28. 8.1983 .)


The fundamentals of the technique of throwing the javelin were handed by his father – the handball player, but it was the Iron Curtain that became the war. In Dukly Banska Bystrica, under the leadership of Jaroslav Halva, he started rising rapidly in the performance. Military colors have remained faithful to the present day, when he is still representing the army at world level in the rank of Major.

From the very beginning of his sporting career, he had trouble with his back, and he suffered from his illness since 1987, and in 1990 his doctors discovered a broken torso. Jan Železný participated in four olympic games. In Seoul, in 1988, he received a silver for 84.12 m. In Barcelona in 1992, he achieved 1st place with a performance of 89.66 m. In Atlanta in 1996 he also won 1st place for 88.1 m. At the Sydney Olympics In 2000, he won 90.17m in the New Olympic Record. In 1999 he was elected as an athlete for the International Olympic Committee.

‘Iron’ Železný is one of the best javelin throwers of history, in addition to three Olympics victories, three world championships, six world records, and six of his longest throws. Over ninety meters he threw more than 50 times (no other javelin throwing ninety meters more than ten times). The javelin speed at Zelezny’s throw exceeded 100 km / h. In July 2006, this Czech athlete became again the world record holder when he was 85 meters (85.08 m) in the masters category over 40 years. He was declared Athlete of the World (2000), Athlete of Europe (1996, 2000) and Czech Athlete of the Year (1993, 1995, 2000, 2001).

His results in nearly twenty years between absolute world rankings, ranks him next to Věra Čáslavská and Emil Zátopek, among the legends of Czech and Czechoslovak Olympic sport.

Young Jan Železný and his wife Martha in 1993

Jan Železný, Dana Zátopková, Barbora Špotáková

Jan Železný JR. PERSONAL (Louisiana State University)
Born May 18, 1984, in Prague, Czech Republic … Son of Jan and Jana Zelezny … Has one sibling, Micmaela Zelezna (24) … Speaks English and French … Runs the 100 meters in about 11 seconds and jumps over six meters (18-19 inches) … Future aspirations are becoming a professional tennis player … Enjoys playing sports, listening to music and computers in his spare time … Majoring in business finance.

TENNIS CAREER (2006-2008)
Joined the Tigers at the beginning of the 2006-07 season after transferring from Colorado … Made his presence known in his first year as a Tiger as he was named the 2007 Louisiana Newcomer of The Year and received first-team All-Louisiana honors … Succeeded in the classroom as well as he was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete the two years he was a Tiger … Compiled a team-best 8-3 conference record as a junior … Received a degree in business finance and was working to get his masters in accounting during his senior year … Finished his LSU career with a 41-30 record in singles and 34-25 mark in doubles.


Jan Železný with daughter Anička in the garden