With the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships only a fortnight away, Andreas Hofmann won a high quality javelin final at the German Championships in Nurnberg on Sunday (22) ahead of reigning global champions Thomas Rohler and Johannes Vetter.
Hofmann’s opening throw of 89.55m proved handsomely sufficient for victory over two of his principal rivals for the European title in Berlin next month. The quality of the competition was such that Rohler was only fourth after five throws but the Olympic champion pulled out a final round effort of 88.09m to move into second ahead of Vetter in third with 87.83m.
On his comeback from injury, former European U20 champion Julian Weber had to settle for fourth despite extending his season’s best to 84.62m – a mark which puts him inside the top fifteen on the 2018 world lists.
“I’m very happy, it’s my first German title. I really wanted to have this title for years, something always did not fit, now I’ve finally succeeded,” said Hofmann. “I am not so satisfied with the series but the conditions were not so good. The one throw was really good.”