Modern Design Records
– Since 1986, the javelin that has been utilized is one that was redesigned from the previous versions in order to help eliminate disputes as well as provide a safer competition. The center of gravity was moved a bit forward (4cm) and the surface area behind was reduced while it was alternatively increased in front. This same change was made to the women’s javelin competition in 1999. Now, with this revised version of the implement, Jan Železný is the former Czech track and field athlete (now retired) who holds the current record of 98.48m that was set in the year 1996. Barbora Špotáková holds the women’s record, keeping it under the same Czech flag, with a toss of 72.28m set in 2008. The personal bests of these athletes can be viewed at the International Associations of Athletics Foundations: Jan Železný and Barbora Špotáková.
It will be interesting to see how America does as we await the Summer Olympics 2020. Currently, Breaux Greer (out of Houston, Texas) holds the best men’s javelin throw at 91.29m. However, that is still well short of the overall world record. This shortfall is similar for the women’s side with Kara Winger, out of Seattle, holding the best throw at 66.67m.
Older Model Javelin World Records
– The javelin competition has been through a myriad of different changes since its early days of the Ancient Olympic Games, and even throughout its route to the current form. In the past, there were two-handed competitions so that the thrower could make multiple throws using each hand and then combine the results. There have also been freestyle competitions that allowed the javelin to be held anywhere along its shaft and not just the center of gravity where the cord grip is located nowadays.
Because of the changes that have been made, the older records are longer than those of the newer model. The German Uwe Hohn threw one in 1984 for a men’s record of 104.80m while the German woman Petra Felke holds the women’s record using the older spear that she threw for 80.00m. There was also a Nemeth model used in the early 90’s that has some different modifications such as a rough area behind the grip, and the all-time record with it is 96.96m. However, there continue to be various changes made to the specifications, and so there are differences in what world’s best is actually ratified and how it is viewed today. For example, when serrated tails were outlawed by the IAAF, in the year 1991, this caused a regression to previous marks that some of the athletes had set.
It’s All In The Aerodynamics
– It all started with solid wood javelins back in the early days and then progressed to a more solid metal construction thanks to the work by the athlete Bud Held and his brother Dick. We may still see more changes in the future of the event, and that could lead to even more records being set or reset as it may be.