Jan ŽELEZNÝ

Czech Republic CZE

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    5
  • First Olympic Games
    Seoul 1988
  • Year of Birth
    1966
Olympic Results

Biography

Jan ŽELEZNÝ


Final heartbreak
Jan Železný was the world record holder in the javelin and favourite for the gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Games. Initially, everything went to plan. He set an Olympic record in the qualifying round and led throughout the final. However Tapio Korjus of Finland beat him by just 16 centimetres to claim the gold medal with the very last throw in the competition.

Olympic success
At the 1992 Barcelona Games, Železný went one better. He won the gold medal with his first throw of the final, breaking his own Olympic record by 3.76m. Four years later in Atlanta, Steve Backley of Great Britain took the early lead in the final but Železný overtook him to claim the gold medal.

Unique treble
At the 2000 Sydney Games, Steve Backley proved again to be Železný's main rival, but once more Železný produced his best when it mattered. He set a new Olympic record to beat Backley and emerge triumphant. This made him the only javelin thrower in Olympic history to win three gold medals and four total medals.

Olympic Results

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Athens 2004

#9
Javelin Throw
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Sydney 2000

G
Javelin Throw
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Atlanta 1996

G
Javelin Throw
Javelin Throw Athletics
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Barcelona 1992

G
Javelin Throw
Javelin Throw Athletics
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Seoul 1988

S
Javelin Throw
Javelin Throw Athletics

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