Jan Zelezny

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Javelin Thrower
Date of Birth June 16, 1966
Place of Birth Czech Republic
Age 54 years old
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Jan Železný

Jan Železný is a retired Czech track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He was a World and Olympic Champion and holds the world record with a throw of 98.48 m. Widely considered to be the greatest javelin thrower of the modern era, he also has the second, third and fourth best performances of all time.

Country: Czechoslovakia (1987–1992), Czech Republic (1993–2006)
Sport: Track and field
Event(s): Javelin Throw
Turned pro: 1986
Retired: 2006
Now coaching: Vítězslav Veselý
Personal best(s): WR 98.48 m (1996)

About Jan Zelezny

Czech javelin thrower who won three Olympic gold medals and set the world record for javelin in 1996, with 98.48 meters.

Before Fame

He won his first medal at the 1987 World Championships in Rome, receiving the bronze.


He won a total of 9 medals in International competition and is widely considered to be the greatest javelin thrower ever.

Family Life

He and his wife Marta have two children, Katarina and Jan.


He won his first Olympic gold medal at the 1992 games where Michael Jordan led the Dream Team to the gold in basketball.

Information related to Jan Železný

  • Mór Kóczán - Mór Kóczán was a Hungarian athlete and Calvinist pastor. Specialized for the throwing events, his best results came in the javelin throw, having won five Hungarian championship titles between 1911 and 1918. Kóczán also competed for Hungary at the 1908 Summer Olympics and in the 1912 Summer Olympics.
  • Czech male javelin throwers
  • Czech athletics coaches
  • Olympic gold medalists for the Czech Republic
  • Olympic gold medalists for Czechoslovakia
  • Olympic athletes of the Czech Republic
  • Olympic athletes of Czechoslovakia
  • Recipients of Medal of Merit (Czech Republic)
  • Olympic silver medalists for Czechoslovakia
  • International Olympic Committee members
  • Olympic gold medalists in athletics (track and field)
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Latest information about Jan Zelezny updated on March 04, 2021.

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