Olympic javelin ace Thomas Rohler talks about why he spends so much of his time focused on throwing an 800g javelin as far as possible.

“I grew up a typical active German kid fascinated by all sports. I loved throwing stones from the shore and quickly became involved in the sport of track and field. I competed in many events, but I do recall watching the javelin on TV at the 2000 Sydney Olympics as a nine-year-old and saying to my father – one day I want to do that event. I was fascinated by javelin. Surprisingly, I competed mainly as a triple jumper and high jumper for much of my youth and it was only around the age of 17 or 18 after my jumps coach moved away from my club in Jena (coincidentally the city where Jan Zelezny set the men’s world javelin in 1996) and I was asked which event I would like to target, did I focus on javelin for the first time.

“As soon as I started training for javelin I loved the challenge of the event – I still do to this day. It is super technical and although technically I was awful to begin with – a big motivation was to work on and improve my technique.

“Another big attraction of the javelin is the many varied elements to training. I understood really quickly that to train for the event requires some jumping – which I enjoyed from my time as a triple jumper and high jumper. Co-ordination and movement was also important and I have enjoyed the gymnastics exercises, working on the low-wire and all those many aspects to training.

“I also enjoy the fact that I can throw many different implements not only a javelin as part of my training. To spend an hour in the gym and throw stuff is fun!

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Follow up on last year’s winter throw meet, the opening javelin throw competition in Offenburg  (Otto Hahn Strasse 9, Offenburg) will be on February 3rd, 2018.  Johannes Vetter will have his 2018 debut, just as Neeraj Chopra who currently trains in Offenburg with Werner Daniels.   For the women, France’s record holder Mathilde Andraud starts, who is always in Offenburg (coached by Boris Öbergföll).  Offenburg is a favorit place for the French and Swiss throwers who will also join Johannes for this meet.  The meet is organised by Jacques DANAIL (France).

1 VETTER Johannes 1993 94m44 GER
2 CHOPRA Neeraj 1997 86m48 IND
3 BONEWIT Jonas 1995 78m13 GER
4 NICOLLIN Jeremy 1991 77m15 FRA
5 MOUTARDE Lukas 1998 74m25 FRA
6 SANCHEZ Jordi 1985 73m88 ESP
7 KOCH Markus 1993 72m33 GER
8 CARRON Laurent 1994 69m77 SUI
9 CONROY Remy 1998 67m85 FRA

The French federation headed by head coach Jack Danail is hosting the javelin throwing competition there. Although, the results from the winter training are not comparable with those in the summer, it is a good start!

Back in February 2017, Johannes opened his winter season with 84.36m!

RESULTS FROM 2017 (FEBRUARY 11)  / Speerwurfmeeting 2017 ETSV OFFENBURG


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The jenjavelin.com JAVELIN FESTIVAL site is up and running! Registration starts on February 1st.  Visit the site and learn more about the Jena meet nad the International training camp! Don’t miss this June’s most incredible week with Petra Felke, Harro Schwuchow and Thomas Röhler!

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Fast bowling like throwing a javelin, but 100 times a day

BY Ben Langley, Physiotherapist

Fast bowling brings the highest risk of injury in cricket and helping a bowler to be physically and mentally capable of repeatedly delivering pace, skill and precision requires a balance of coaching, conditioning and medical expertise.

Over the past decade the act of bowling fast has been a factor in at least 50 per cent of “time-loss” injuries (where matches or training are missed) in the domestic game. While cricket does not suffer from the wider injury toll of contact sports, fast bowling owns a set of common and unique injuries that make it the focus of science and medical teams around the world.

Stress fractures of the lumbar spine, side strains and posterior ankle injuries are issues that often can sideline a player for months and there is no quick way to come back from them. You cannot cheat time when allowing stress fractures to heal and harden before resuming one of the most brutal movements in sport.

Searching for extreme pace puts huge levels of stress through the body. Forces of up to nine times a player’s bodyweight are observed when the front foot hits the crease and sends an impact back through the body. As well as the impact, bowling is an unnatural movement, especially with the overlay of high force. That is why lumbar stress fractures and side strains are relatively common.

Javelin throwers use the same catapult-style action, putting similar strains on the body, but they do not have to produce more than a hundred competitive throws in a day. Serving in tennis is a similar action but is performed from a stable base, without the 12mph run-up and with far lower levels of impact going through the body as the server lands.

In the domestic game bowlers can be involved in matches on about 100 days of the six-month season. That’s several hundred overs and thousands of repetitions in which the body is exposed to immense stress — and that’s without considering the preparation, training and bowling in nets.

Regular practice is important for bowlers to hone their skill and rhythm but it can mean more injuries if not monitored and managed well. So science and medicine not only face the challenge of keeping fast bowlers “on the park” but managing the inevitable injuries that will come when a player bowls often and at great pace.

• Ben Langley is the men’s medical services lead at the ECB

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JenJavelin Festival Coaching Special 2018!

Set your javelin throw meet calendar ready for 2018! The LC Jena Javelin Camp & Competition is open for all levels and age groups starting from 14 to seniors!! A great week of learning, watching and exchange!  An experience you’ll never forget!

JenJavelin Festival Coaching Special 2018
In 2018 we do have a special international training week from June 25th to July 1st in Jena (GER) with an included entry at the Jena Javelin Festival on June 30th for all athletes attending the camp. At that time we will have many international top athletes, coaches and aspiring athletes and teams in Jena to enjoy a week of javelin expertise coaching, learning and talking. For sure our coaches around Petra Felke, Harro Schwuchow and Thomas Röhler take care of all athletes from around the world.
The whole package including accommodation for 6 nights (incl. breakfast) in one of our partner hotels in single or double room, coaching and lunch option at our sports centre and facility/club.  Accompanying persons and coaches just pay their separate accommodation, so no additional costs.


Contact E-mail address: info@jenjavelin.com 

All Info on www.jenjavelin.com soon


Shorter or longer stays (for example arriving at 24th already like some do) before the Jena Javelin Festival can be reserved up on request.

Concerning the kids we’ll have a mixed session competition or separate – need to see the number of registrations but from now it looks good!! JenJavelin will also launch their official website, so updates coming in soon and steady (Official website launch is on Jan 20-21 weekend).



Petra Felke

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