World javelin champion Johannes Vetter produced another huge throw - and another sparkling series - at the 14th edition of the Thumer Werfertag in Thum, Germany on Friday evening.
After opening proceedings with 81.24m, Vetter was in second place behind his great rival Thomas Rohler who began with 86.21m but then Vetter produced an outstanding throw of 93.88m in the second round - a performance made all the more impressive as Vetter has described the six days since winning the world title in London as “very stressful.”
“The last days were very stressful. I myself lack the words. It's incredibly fun to throw with the guys,” Vetter told Leichtathletik.de.
Even though Vetter and Rohler have both surpassed that mark this season, Vetter’s winning throw was still the eighth furthest in history - bettered only by the two Germans, as well as world record-holder Jan Zelezny.
While Rohler only produced one more valid throw for the rest of the competition, Vetter produced three more throws which would have sufficed for victory: 87.45m in the fourth round, 88.35m in the fifth round before another 90m-plus effort measured at 91.67m in the sixth round.
Rohler was a distant second with his opening round throw but after missing out on the medals in London, the Olympic champion did finish one place ahead of world bronze medallist Petr Frydrych from the Czech Republic with 81.11m.
European champion David Storl won the shot put with 21.45m ahead of Portugal’s Tsanko Arnaudov with 20.81m while Nadine Muller won the discus with 62.11m ahead of teammate Anna Ruh with 60.11m.