Vetter sets 91.22m world lead in Potchefstroom

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World javelin champion Johannes Vetter went out to 91.22m in Potchefstroom, South Africa on Wednesday (27)

World champion Johannes Vetter added more than seven metres to his world-leading mark in the javelin with an outstanding early season throw of 91.22m in Potchefstroom, South Africa on Tuesday (27).

Vetter opened his season with 84.08m at his training base in Offenburg earlier this month (“not what I was aiming for,” he said on his Instagram page) but in warmer climes in Potchefstroom, Vetter notched up his fourth competition over the 90 metre-line since mid-July.

He also became the first thrower to go beyond that benchmark in February, although Steve Backley did surpass Vetter’s distance with a since-beaten world record of 91.46m in Auckland in January 1992.

Vetter will also compete at the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal on 10-11 March.

Elsewhere, former world and European 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene clocked 49.49 - his fastest time since 2013.