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Jan Železný

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, IOC member
SexMale
Full nameJan•Železný
Used nameJan•Železný
Born16 June 1966 in Mladá Boleslav (CZE)
Measurements185 cm / 86 kg
AffiliationsDukla Banská Bystrica, Banská Bystrica (SVK) / Dukla Praha, Praha (CZE) / SSK Vítkovice, Vítkovice, Ostrava (CZE) / AC Start, Karlovy Vary (CZE)
NOC Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic

Biography

Jan Železný is considered the greatest javelin thrower in track & field history. At the 1988 Olympic Games, he narrowly missed winning the gold medal, settling for silver. But he has since won the gold medal at the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Olympic Games. He was also World Champion with the javelin in 1993, 1995 and 2001. Although the javelin specifications have changed twice during his career, he can claim six world records with the various spears. In December 1999, Železný was elected a member of the IOC as an athlete member, having previously been a member of the Athletes’ Commission.

Personal Best: JT – 98.48 (1996).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics TCH CZE Jan Železný
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1992 Summer Olympics Athletics TCH CZE Jan Železný
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1996 Summer Olympics Athletics CZE Jan Železný
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
2000 Summer Olympics Athletics CZE Jan Železný
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
2004 Summer Olympics Athletics CZE Jan Železný
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 9

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1988 Summer Olympics 24 September 1988 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Qualifying Round, Group A Round One 85.90 1
1992 Summer Olympics 8 August 1992 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Round, Round One 89.66 1
2000 Summer Olympics 23 September 2000 Athletics Javelin Throw, Men Final Round, Round Three 90.17 1

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
Athlete International Olympic Committee 1999—2001 CZE Jan Železný
Athlete International Olympic Committee 2004—2012 CZE Jan Železný

Special Notes