Vetter to test his early season shape in Offenburg

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World javelin champion Johannes Vetter will open his season in Offenburg on 3 February

Reigning world javelin champion Johannes Vetter will gauge how his preparations are progressing when he take part in a competition at his training base in Offenburg on 3 February.

Vetter won the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in London last August with a first round throw of 89.89m and the event will be one of the highlights at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships where he will face his domestic rival and Olympic champion Thomas Rohler.

Vetter produced six throws in excess of the 90m line in 2017 across three competitions and he also surpassed Rohler’s national record with 94.44m in Luzern in July to move to second on the world all-time lists behind Jan Zelezny. He was then duly named male European Athlete of the Year at the Golden Tracks award ceremony in Vilnius, Lithuania last October.

Vetter is set to face competition from world U20 champion and record-holder Neeraj Chopra from India while the women’s line-up features French record-holder Mathilde Andraud.

More information on the 2018 European Championships:  

- The Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships will be part of the first multi-sport European Championships along with co-hosts Glasgow.    

- It will be a must-watch, must-attend experience that elevates the status of European Champions, uniting existing European Championships to celebrate the highest honour in European sport and celebrating the defining moments that create Champions.   

- It is the continent’s ultimate multi-sport event, an 11-day celebration of European sport staged every four years.  

- Seven of Europe’s leading sports (athletics, aquatics, rowing, golf, cycling, gymnastics, triathlon) will be brought together for the first edition.  

- The European Athletics Championships in Berlin will be staged 7-12 August. The six other sports will be staged in Glasgow through 2-12 August. 

- 4500 athletes and 52 nations will compete across the seven sports.  

- Potential TV audience of over one billion with millions more across multiple digital platforms.  

- Over half a million spectators expected.