Javelin Throw: The Young Throwers over 80 meters

19-year-old Finn Topias Laine passes 80 meters - Take a look at young 80 meter javelin throwers


Finnish Topias Laine threw his first 80 meters in Vantaa, Finland on Saturday. He joins the relatively rare pack of throwers you reached 80 meters mark before the age of 20.
Etusuora: 30.05.2021 09:18Athletics
19-year-old Finn Topias Laine passes 80 meters - Take a look at young 80 meter javelin throwers
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Topias Laine
Finnish javelin thrower Topias Laine turns 20 on the 12th of July 2021. He passed the magic mark of 80 meters at the age of 19 years 10 months when he threw 80,17 in Vantaa, Finland in late May 2021.

We take a look at some of the biggest names in javelin and the age that they were able to reach 80 meters.

Laine's country man 1999 World Champion Aki Parviainen is propably the youngest to reach 80 meters. He threw 80,94 at the very young age of 17 years and 8 months back in 1992 at the Finnish National Championships.



The youngest 80 meters throwers of todays active competitors are youth World Record holder Neeraj Chopra of India and Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic.

Today's javelin giant Johannes Vetter reached the 80 meters mark when has 22. Magnus Kirt and Vitezslav Vesely were already at the age 25 when they reach 80 meters for the first time.

World Record holder Jan Zelezny reached 80 meters when he was 20 years 10 months old. 2016 Olympic Champion Thomas Röhler was two months younger than Zelezny when he reached 80 meters for the first time.

Here's an incomplete list of selected top throwers and the age that they reached the 80 meter mark with the current javelin model.

At what age did they reach 80 meters?


AgeAthleteMarkYear
17 y 8 mAki Parviainen (FIN)80,941992
18 y 0 mNeeraj Chopra (IND)81,042015
18 y 4 mZigismunds Sirmais (LAT)82,272010
18 y 4 mHarri Haatainen (FIN)82,521996
18 y 6 mKostas Gatsioudis (GRE)80,301992
18 y 8 mAleksandr Ivanov (RUS)80,002001
18 y 10 mTero Järvenpää (FIN)80,432003
18 y 11 mJakub Vadlejch (CZE)80,522009
19 y 1 mKeshorn Walcott (TTO)80,112012
19 y 2 mAndreas Thorkildsen (NOR)83,872001
19 y 6 mTeemu Wirkkala (FIN)80,072003
19 y 7 mAnderson Peters (GRN)81,232017
19 y 10 mAri Mannio (FIN)80,312007
19 y 10 mTopias Laine (FIN)80,172021
20 y 0 mMatti Närhi (FIN)83,141995
20 y 2 mSteve Backley (GBR)83,281989
20 y 3 mMattias de Zordo (GER)82,512008
20 y 4 mKimmo Kinnunen (FIN)80,101988
20 y 6 mAndreas Hofmann (GER)80,812012
20 y 6 mVadims Vasilevskis (LAT)81,922002
20 y 7 mTero Pitkämäki (FIN)80,452003
20 y 7 mOliver Helander (FIN)80,042017
20 y 8 mThomas Röhler (GER)80,792012
20 y 10 mJan Zelezny (CZE)85,201987
21 y 4 mSergei Makarov (RUS)82,541994
21 y 4 mIhab Abdelrahman (EGY)81,842010
21 y 6 mRaymond Hecht (GER)83,261990
22 y 1 mJohannes Vetter (GER)82,132015
22 y 3 mAntti Ruuskanen (FIN)82,202006
22 y 10 mAndrus Värnik (EST)82,162000
23 y 6 mJulius Yego (KEN)81,122012
23 y 6 mBreaux Greer (USA)80,742000
25 y 3 mMagnus Kirt (EST)82,222015
25 y 5 mVitezslav Vesely (CZE)81,202008