Germany’s Johannes Vetter won the javelin gold medal at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday beating his fellow country-mate and Olympic champion Thomas Rohler who missed the podium by the last throw of Petr Frydlejch.
Vetter, who moved to second on the all-time list last month with a 94.44 metres effort in Lucerne, produced another fine throw of 91.20 metres at the first attempt to power into Saturday’s final as the top qualifier
The 24 year-old opening throw of 89.89 metres was enough to win the gold and was overcome with emotion after clinching the title, mopping his tears on a German flag.
Czech Republic pair Jakub Vadlejch and Frydrych threw personal bests of 89.73 and 88.32 respectively to take silver and bronze.
Rohler, who like Vetter has thrown over 90 metres this season, was beaten into fourth with 88.26.
The surprise loser was the defending champion from Kenya Julius Yego who came with a PB of 92.72 and season best of 87.97 but could only manage a throw of 76.29 that placed him in last position.