Pitkämäki Fifth at Worlds, Loses Javelin Medal Chance

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Javelin World Champion Johannes Vetter from Germany gives an interview after his win / Credit: IAAF

One of Finland’s best hopes for a medal at the athletics World Championships in London ended with a fifth place finish in the javelin final.

Tero Pitkämäki was the 2007 World Champion but has struggled to medal at recent events.

Although Pitkämäki threw 86.94 metres – his second furthest throw this season – it was not enough to move him past his competitors into medal contention.

German Johannes Vetter took gold, with two Czechs in silver and bronze. Olympic champion Thomas Röhler was fourth.

This was Vetter’s first world championship medal. He came fourth at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and fifth at the previous world championships at Beijing 2015.

At 34, Finland’s Pitkämäki was the most experienced thrower in the final. He has won seven international medals since 2004. His Osaka 2007 World Championship gold was achieved with a throw of more than 90 metres.

Finland has been one of the dominant nations for men’s Olympic javelin. Since 1920, they’ve won 22 gold, silver or bronze medals. The most recent podium finish was Antti Ruuskanen who claimed bronze at the London 2012 Olympics.

Watch an interview with new javelin World Champion Johannes Vetter here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhk7crtJA0k