June 7, 2015
History was made at the Sainsbury Birmingham Diamond League meet on Sunday as the javelin stole the headlines and gets its own LRC article.
What a competition.
The Olympic champ Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago set a national record of 86.43 in round 3 but was one-upped by Kenya’s Julius Yego in the same round with a throw of 86.53.
Vitezslav Vesely, the 2013 World Champion, who won the great javelin competition earlier in the week in Rome where he had to throw 88.14 to beat the then national record of Yego (87.71) , was having a terrible competition here until the final throw. He was second to last until he unleashed an 88.18 season’s best to take the lead. Walcott did not improve and that left Yego.
Yego unleashed this monster:
There had not been a legal throw over 90 meters in a major competition since 2008 according to the broadcast. The broadcast ended with Yego being DQd for being outside of the sector. However, the officials reversed course and Yego won the competition with a 91.39 national record to become the 9th best performer ever.
Screenshots from BeIn Sports Broadcast: