This Will NEVER Happen Again || The WORLD RECORD That Will Stand Forever (G.O.A.T Athlete)

čas přidán 13. 09. 2021
One of track and field's greatest athletes also has one of the greatest stories.

Born as the son of javelin-throwing parents, Jan Železný was practically destined to be a star of this challenging athletic discipline. From the Olympic Games, to the World Championships, to the highest marks ever recorded in this event, Železný has forever cemented his legacy as quite possibly the greatest javelin thrower to ever live.

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  • 19:10 You didnt mention it but even though he retired at the age of 40 he finished 3rd at his last WCH in Göteborg and I will add just one comparison - Zelezny threw over 90m 52 times, everyone else in the history combined together threw over 90m 32 times. That's just pure greatness !

    • wow

    • @Danaman Still are

    • @Jim Bob yea NO he was the smallest one so no I don't think so....he had other technic

    • @Moona Gamer not sure whats the point? Everyone is getting old. Can you trow your wet napkin to the bin?

    • Absolutely untouchable!

  • I was a Decathlete training in Ostrava, Czech Republic in 2000-2001 and I remember we couldn’t do our warm up laps around the 400m track when Železny was throwing because apparently he actually overthrew the sector and stuck a Javelin in the surface of the track, well over 100m. It was unreal to watch him practice.

    • @Zero Two Tero Pitkämäki threw his javelin through a French(?) athlete who was prepping for his long jump. I think the javelin went through his liver, but he made it out alive. This happened in an official competition.

    • lmao imagining practicing your throw and sniping some guy on the sprint track 100 meters away. *points to someone on the opposite side of the field* "See that guy? Watch out lol, he's gonna snipe you"

  • In my javelin prime, I analysed his videos for hours on end, picking up on very subtle changes with my coach. I eventually got to 73.95m at age 20 before completely wrecking my elbow. I miss throwing javelin everyday but love coaching the upcoming kids.

    • It is insane to me that this guy is essentially throwing a javelin endzone to endzone

    • @Dann It's a good dream. Lol!

    • @Marsupi X yep 👍

    • Thats really 🥇

  • He never made the mistake of going over the line again, even when falling to the ground. He made sure to stay far from the line. He was truly dedicated to his sport and an amazing athlete.

    • @iCost Hop Erm, all motor racing and literally every sport that has safety equipment now

    • @Zendukai Nope. Being able to stop and also to time your run up and throw to the line is and always has been a major part of the technique of the event.

    • @iCost Hop Not sure if you have heard of Australian Football, its not soccer played with a round ball, look up Aussie rules football, if they start putting helmets and outer protection like gridiron I'll stop watching that. Need to bring back the biff too lol.

    • @Zendukai yeah Other than the football helmets being made safer than the old leather helmets they had in the past , I cannot think of any other sport that change things so Drastically for the safety of the crowd.

    • @iCost Hop Yep, well the man could have , most probably thrown the original into the crowd on the other side, that whip he had was phenomenal to say the least. Have a great day sir.

  • My father was a huge track and field fan in 80's and 90's. When I was born in 1993, my parents were thinking of a great name. My father suggested a name Jan and explained my mother who Zelezny was. Case closed. This guy is my favourite track and field athlete of all time. I wish to meet him in my life, just to thank him for a cool name and a great backstory he created with being a rather subtle built but an outrageous power and skillset for a javelin thrower.

    • What a great story

    • With such a story it cannot be difficult to meet Jan Železný! He would be pleased!;)

    • @Jan Kuuskman It's not entirely accurate. Informal Honza belongs to the Czech area (from German Hans), in Moravia the informal version is Jenda or Jeník. After all, Jeník is the main character in "The Bartered Bride", the most famous Czech opera.

    • Cool! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Jan is a great name, I know.

  • Fun fact: Jan Zelezny trained Barbora Spotakova and she also has WR in javelin since 2008

    • At that time her coach was Rudolf Černý. Železný followed in 2010

  • No idea how a video on Javelin throwing ended up in my recommended box... But I watched the whole thing start to finish. Major props for delivering a compelling and moving history lesson...

    • As in last 2 comments, I never watch sport but found this fascinating and inspiring. Unfortunately am too old to throw a javelin but now I'm subscribed.Nicely made video

    • Dont really ever watch anything sport related but found this really interesting to watch. What an Incredible athelete.

    • Ditto!

    • Algorithmen are a hell of a drug

    • Me too

  • I remember Jan very well. I liked his throwing technique and when it came to throwing the javelin at school myself aged 12 in 1990, I tried to practice his technique and broke the school record with my first throw by about 2 metres. Needless to say, no one could get near me and neither could anyone else when I represented the school in the javelin and won with ease. I left school in 1993 and never threw the javelin again and watching this, I kinda wish I kept going 😂

    • Cap

    • @sheedy 11 Swerved like a pro, it seems. Sorry to know it has taken such a toll on you

    • Just as well you didnt continue throwing it mate I left school and carried on throwing. Im 60 now and my shoulder is that bad I cudnt throw a golf ball the length of my garden and after trying I wudnt be able to lift my arm for a week. You swerved one there.

  • So you’re telling me the guy was basically competing against himself because nobody could even get close no matter how much the javelins changed? GOAT

    • Steve Brackley for 5mins

    • @hackerjack79 that makes a lot of sense...not

    • Nope. In his early years he was a long way ahead and his WR was a long way ahead, but his normal throws weren't that far ahead of his top competitors for most of his career. He would regularly win events by 20 or 30 cms.

    • @OrangeDrink74 spot on mate Backley was his main competition for years I do think zelezny had the edge on him but only just

    • Well, no. The video's really misleading. Look up Steve Backley. He and Zelezny were neck and neck for a long time, they broke each other's world records multiple times. Zelezny's the greatest, but not by the gulf this video would have you believe.

  • That man was a phenom...and he was little bit small in comparison to the other Athletes. It's more than brute strength in Javelin. Jan is the G.O.A.T forever and ever

  • Met him at Heathrow Airport after the 2017 World Championships. He looked quite surprised to be recognised. Really nice guy.

  • I love hearing about niche sports, just watched the shot put video you did and now I’m watching this. Absolutely love someone shining shining a light on sports people don’t think about a lot. I wouldn’t consider myself a sports fan unless I learn about as many sports as I can. Your video style and explanations makes it interesting and easy to understand how impressive these feats are. Hats off to you man, what a great and comprehensive explanation that is so easy to get and really gripping. You love sports and I love that as a viewer. 10 out of 10 video.

  • Let me point out the mythical significance of being able to throw over 90m ONCE in your career.. Zelezny did it every year for a decade.

    • The Pakistani thrower in commonwealth games..

    • @F F ABOUT YOU!!!

    • @K C What you just described is called low self-esteem which shows as overconfidence to compensate and hide it.

    • @Jop3lius Americans have high self esteem actually. Over confident. Most confident nation, they built on believing they are the best. They ain't, but they believe it, so that breeds confidence, which breeds belief, which breeds dedication, hard work and therefore a lot of winners. Ever wondered why they nearly always dominate Olympic sports? Always in top 3 for medals with Russia and China usually. Europe its probably Germany France and Great Britain.

  • Thank you for this. I kind of knew he was the best, but just how good was this guy? Undoubtedly one of the world's greatest athletes. I remember his achievements but didn't realise just how much better than all the rest the guy actually was ... and still is.... any athletics world record that has stood for 26 years should make you take some notice. Respect JZ.

  • I have a goose bumps every time when I hear his name..I used to watch with my father every summer Olympic events from '88 to my father's death and every time he admire his performance on just how we prepared to watch him throwing...he used to say "Watch this guy kid, you witness the greatness of its own".

    • @Aleksandar Galovic May his soul rest in peace, Amen.

    • correction....my father's death!!

    • @K C oh!! I understood it now..!

    • @Jakub Matějček oh is he the coach of therm? That good..

    • @சிவா (Shiva) Means his dad, up to his dad's death, not Jan's.

  • Thank you for a beautiful and important video! Exceptionally well done! I'm a 68 year old Vietnam era Vet who in high school was a discus and javelin thrower. I have extremely long arms at 38" and had a very similar style in throwing the javelin. Unfortunately the very same year I went to compete nationally, my school outlawed the javelin. In upstate New York a fatality occurred due to a misthrow from a different school and my mine did not want the liability. I went on to placing 2nd in the State championships in discus, but my first love was the javelin. I would practice the javelin 4 days a week, even though I could no longer compete with it. What always interested me in both the discus and the javelin were their connections to ancient Greece and Rome. Classical mythology is still a favorite hobby. Thank you again for an illuminating look at the world's greatest athlete! With respect, ~Patrick

    • They should not outlaw it anywhere. Pretty sure it's so rare as to not happen again. Never hear of javelin deaths so its dumb they banned it.

  • Really awesome story and an incredible achievement .. I love throwing things and it's awesome to see throwing anything as a major Olympic competition . Watching this man's form from the point of him funning to his entire mechanics is awesome .. the throw coming off his back foot , how he plants his foot perfectly in time to get the release off .. very quick release in order to time as as he's running . It's cool watching in slow motion ... I've never heard of this guy but I'm thankful this video was in front of my face . It's great hearing of someone's life story , especially when it's as incredible as this

    • GOAT,no questions no doubt, NEVER!!!

  • Incredible.. No Idea yet so credible that This guy deserves to be every sporting even globally. 98 M throw and 20 years of Top honors.. India Needs this Role models who inspired Neeraj Chopra and Millions others now.... Goosebumps even when watched whole video and every throw .. Amazing Champion of champions ..

  • Zelezny retired in 2006 and started coaching. I heard in 2008 during a winter training camp he got frustrated at the athletes he was coaching and threw a javelin over 85 meters as an example how it is done. What a legend.

    • I imagine many young jaws dropped to the ground at that moment!

    • @Arthur Putey its so usa-ish....cant beat it ? ban it. :D:D

    • @Ken that was better than mine. Funny

    • @Potato Slice what you say is what you are. Nah Nah Nah Na Nah Nah!

  • I saw Jan at every Olympics at TV. As a personal note, there was another athlete that I was following because every time he competed, he was breaking the world record by 1 cm: the pole vaulter Sergey Bubka.

  • I was always a huge athletics fan as a kid through the late 70s all the way through to the 90s, and during those times some true greats existed and emerged. On track you had Carl Lewis and Calvin Smith in sprints. In the sandpit you had Lewis, Mike Powell, Larry Myricks for long jump, and triple jump was exciting too (Willie Banks, Kenny Harrison, Jonathan Edwards, etc.). I could go on through other events, but, the javelin was ALWAYS exciting with the prospect of seeing Jan Zelezny throwing. Compared to other fellow competitors he still looked more slender than them somehow, but he always looked intense, focused, determined. He had a very unusual looking throw where he almost folded his arm down halfway on the run up and twisted his waist around. And then, boy, could he release that spear at unreal pace and angle. And you could see how much power and energy he put into the release moment as his otherwise highly controlled and elegant run up suddenly came apart, and he either dived to the ground before the line, lost balance, or quite often risked overshooting the throw line. Such an amazing athlete to watch he was, and a real pleasure to witness in his prime

  • I cannot believe how much I enjoyed this video about an amazing, world best, athlete. I had no prior knowledge of him or his accomplishments. Now, I look forward to sharing this video with family and friends. The narrator is excellent, and I look forward to seeing more of his work!

  • These were the good times. Everybody in the stadium would applaud him, no matter their nationality. This guy was such a god, a constant monster. You really cannot overstate how he was perceived by the crowds and opponents. I've never witnessed that since

  • As a Czech person I highly appreciate how well you learned to pronounce his name. ❤️

  • How he never hyperextended a knee or threw out his shoulder is just incredible.

    • His surname literally means iron.

    • genetics + brain + one amazing Czech physical therapist

    • @Ethan I can't Haha but due to health issues. I have seen monkeys throw poop pretty fast and accurate as well as machetes lol they r hunting with them now.

    • Its definitely will to work hard, perhaps developing a body well during his childhood and also genes. His name Zelezny means made from Iron in Czech, it is an adjective that something is made from iron. No kidding. So go figure. Someone down his family tree got that name for a reason. :-)

  • Wow! What an awesome athlete if never heard of before. I'm now a HUGE fan of Jan Zelezny.

  • Brilliant to watch this. I threw the javelin in high school. I have lots of respect for what Jan Zelezny achieved 💜🏆

  • Zelesny has to be the greatest of all time due to the fact he threw with every different instruments in the sports history. They kept changing the javelin on him, and he still smashed world records and what they thought was humanly possible. This guy is a legitimate goat. I don't think many other athletes have had to deal with the amount of nonsense this guy did. They literally erased his world records by changing the game, and he kept setting new ones with the new instrument.

    • really doesn't make any sense to follow the "logic" operating on those that keep hindering this discipline to be going on opposite direction to FUNCTION in goals to achieve, more distance throws. Like would they make shorter the poles for vault jumpers so they can keep off reach to many meters less, or add dust or sand on tracks so the running races "don't go so fast"????? etc It just does not make any sense at all What would be next, make them throw with straws weighting nothing in the air? WHO are these people making such changes? What parameters of "logic" or off Logic do they operate under? Fair is fair, but they seem to have placed a butt cheek on the balance to tilt that Sport, hindering it.

    • @Bruno Probably they would have lost the javelin. 🤣🤣🤣

    • I wonder why didn't they hold a just for show, no record validation, event at his prime time with no people nor athletes at the landing zone, where he could throw with that instrument after which they first changed construction. To be measured. I mean, that would be just unbelievable.

    • Absolutely - And deservedly a well earned title : The GOAT 🐐

  • Great video of a great athlete. Somehow I understand that the focus was on his javelin career, but for those whom might not know, he also was "signed" to an MBA team due to his ability to throw - I am by no means an expert on baseball or what different field players are called - just look it up yourself - What a Legend he is. 🐐

  • Wow... couldn't stop watching. What an astonishing and gifted athlete. Why we've never really heard of him is beyond me!!

  • He use his whip technique but never dislocated his shoulder means that his form is just literally perfect because if your form is slightly of, your shoulder would certainly popped out with that much force.

    • @Alessandro Zamboni who cares

    • No… Shoulder isn’t the problem You elbow is in danger though

    • yeah you can also see he has braces on his elbow & back....certainly amazing form to throw like he threw over this long of a period. The sport is rough on the body.

    • I threw the javelin for 10 years from junior high to post college and never heard of a shoulder dislocated by javelin throwing. Several elbow injuries and other assorted problems, but no dislocations. A significant percentage of throwers end up needing hip replacements on the non throwing side due to the tremendous force placed on the hip while throwing.

    • I used to throw javelin as I was young. Tore my joint capsule from my elbow as a result of launching too much from the side and not above my torso. Took 6 months for it to heal, never went under surgery.

  • He would be known more if CS-tv, Instagram and Facebook were in his era. I remember watching him in TV every Olympic games he competed as there was always big expectation & hope, almost c onfidence to get gold medal for the Czech Republic in this discipline...the same was Spotakova also from Czech for some continuous years later in Female competitions.. Proud of my countrymen 👏🏅🏆🥇👍 True Legend !

  • A legend. Fantastic to watch. Unique. What a feat. Unbelievably talented.

  • First visit to your channel. I think it's awesome for you to bring attention to obscure but (most decidedly) deserving athletes. Well done sir!

  • The following table also show the uniqueness of Jan Železný in javelin throwing. Since the change in the type of javelin to date, 118 javelin throws have been longer than 90 meters and were thrown by 20 athletes. Jan Železný threw 34 throws over 90 meters. Next behind him, Johannes Vetter (the only one approaching him) has 20 throws over 90 meters. Only the two of them threw over 94 and 97 meters, respectively. javelin throws over 90 m Athlete's name The longest javelin throw 34 Jan ŽELEZNÝ 98,48 20 Johannes VETTER 97,76 8 Aki PARVIAINEN 93,09 7 Tomas RÖHLER 93,90 7 Andreas THORKILDSEN 91,59 6 Raymond HECHT 92,60 6 Tero PITKÄMÄKI 91,53 5 Sergej MAKAROV 92,61 5 Andreas HOFMANN 92,06 3 Konstantinos GATSIOUDIS 91,69 3 Vadims VASIĻEVSKIS 90,73 2 Julius YEGO 92,72 2 Steve BACKLEY 91,46 2 Breaux GREER 91,29 2 Magnus KIRT 90,61 1 Chao-Tsun CHENG 91,36 1 Kimmo KINNUNEN 90,82 1 Seppo RÄTY 90,60 1 Boris HENRY 90,44 1 Keshorn WALCOTT 90,16

    • I guess everyone before the change due to Hohns 104 m is not in the list. It is diiffcult to compar ethe two spears and that is what may be should have done. Analyse the difference and come to a scientific estimation of what the 104,52 m of Hohn woul dhave meant. As it is, no one threw a spear further than Hohn. I was very young when Hohn threw it but it never left my mind. 104+ metres....Zelezny, Bubka and some I must have forgotten are so good because they dominated the sport for so long. So people can do better these days o rin the future but it will be very difficult to keep up over more than a decade like these guys did.

  • What a legend! Reminds me of Robert Korzeniowski the walking athlete. He was winning what felt like every time around the same time

  • Managed to make a tonne of people care about this man's achievements. That's good video work, man!

    • Maiahi look, i guess you have some sort of involvement into sport or into spear throwing or something, i get it, it's your thing, and i'm sorry if my comment was somehow insulting to you, but you have realize that overwhelming majority of people who saw the vid just don't care as much, it's just another vid populated with some cool facts about something, like million other vids, i bet you don't remember any vids that you've watched like a week ago or even couple of days ago, peace!

    • Maiahi lol i'm not protesting anything, just saying facts

    • Maiahi good for u bro but u get what i meant right?

    • For a second* 99% won't remember him literally the next day

    • He threw a sharp stick. I think there are better achievements

  • When I see something like that, I am so proud to be Czech! Our country generated so many great athletes like Železny, Jágr, Hašek, Špotáková etc...

    • Jirka Prochazka!💪

    • My first.. Operation Daybreak heroes. Inspiration

    • Your Country has historically produced great Artists, Musicians, composers, scientists and of course, Olympians. I have never visited, but I will. U r right to feel that cultural pride. It's well worth celebrating for the younger achievers today. Greetings from Australia.

    • @Tony Grimes sure there is a lot of others like Zatopek, Sablikova etc..

    • Particularly *Emil Zátopek*

  • Zelesny. Legend .there will never be a Javelin thrower like him .I used to look forward to watching at all the Grand prix events throughout Europe .Steve Backley must of been sick of the site of him.And Backley was an awesome thrower .What an Absolute True Legend .Great memories..

  • I used to enjoy watching javelin as a kid. I always wanted Steve Backley to win, but this made me see that Zelezny was a class above. One point - Zelezny, being from the Czech Republic, couldn't have competed in the Commonwealth games - He did win the Goodwill games in 2001 though.

  • Jan Zelezeny The man is a legend in my eyes he was the best ever javelin thrower in the sports history even those records which were taken aay from him.The sport committee tried to change the style of javelin for safety reasons!yet Jan Zelezeny kept on throwing and beating his own records these records will never be beaten.23 years he gave the sport before he retired....

  • That is the most enjoyable, remarkable, SUPER human " I wouldn't believe it, if I hadn't of seen it with my own eyes" continuous titanic effort I've ever seen from a sportsman, an absolute natural, untouchable for so long. Thank You so much, I watched it twice. Cheers Kev

  • Met him at our local track when I was a kid, he was promoting athletics throwing events for schools. He did a few throws of at least 80m, I got his autograph on my t-shirt. Amazing

    • 👍 🥺 1

    • @Luke Blaylock proove it, 😆

    • It was at Wigan harriers running track, England. I was 11 so around 1990ish. I got an invite as I was pretty good a discuss for my age, he signed my t-shirt.

    • no you didn't

    • I would love to meet him and throw with him...that would be so cool.

  • Jan you are the best there is the best there was the best there ever will be .I still get goosebumps when I watch your videos like I got goosebumps when you were on the field.thanks you for everything you did to this sport .we love you here in south Africa. God bless you

  • Fantastic I watched this man in every Olympics and commonwealth games great memories and world records being broken live on TV there will never be another like him great video TFS best wishes Phil UK England 👍

  • The athlete with the most impact is arguably Ingmar Stenmark. He was so superior that FIS had to change the rules so he couldn't win even before midseason was finished. I can't think of another man that caused changes to the rules due to how devastatingly better he was.

  • WOW!! I HAD NO IDEA THAT HE HAD SUCH A LONG RUN IN THIS SPORTS PLUS ALL THOSE RECORDS THAT HE MADE AND BROKEN. THE GOAT IN HIS SPORTS..

  • That German dude who throw 104 + meters was coach of last Olympic javelin gold medalist Neeraj Chopra 🇮🇳 Really these pro players probably have some tricks which not everyone knows

  • never gave a hoot about javelin throwing until now, but got chills right at the end. You, dear friend, are an excellent story teller!

    • @VevVev hat

    • @Daniel Amaro cap

    • Yes. Peak performance in sports or otherwise makes people glee.

    • @Tyler Bradfield I just came here to say the exact same thing. Never in my life thought I'd click on a video about a javelin thrower, much less actually watch the whole thing AND enjoy it. Excellent job 👍

    • I was about to say the same thing! What a great story!

  • His secret was his consistency. Even well into the age of HD, he had all his competitions filmed with the same zapruder camera from the mid-60s

    • For his own personal footage? Was that a superstition?

  • That’s crazy to be able to put so much stress on your body for 25 yrs just to have 1 back issue lol! Definitely the GOAT of the Javelin!!

  • never thought a video about a Javelin Thrower would have any kind of impact on me, since i dont really care about this sport, but what i saw here, was just incredible...23 years of dominance never ever achieved in any sports...this is so freakin impressive...

  • What a legend! He is GOAT no doubt. Best thing of him is how humble he is whole his life.. great person ❤

  • "Czech javelin throwing machine" model Jan Zelezny 😉 Jan was unstoppable.

  • When they change the rules on an individual not once but twice because he is so much better than anyone else, and he still dominates that's greatness.

    • Absolutely

    • @Ron Skancke I'm a Republican but you can choose to believe that if you want to.

  • Man, just so well done. One long glorious blink!MESMERIZING! Never turned away until the very end! This is the kind of movie they make movies about! The narrator's voice sounds like hot chocolate with marshmellows snuggled in a soft velvet blanket on Christmas morning! It makes you feel like you've finally made it home. The homes in which we all live where this truly wonderful world class athlete touched our hearts.

  • A TRUE GREAT OLYMPIAN and world athlete I remember seeing some of these throws and thinking like WTF?? Almost spearing the judges at the end of the field!

  • Eddy Merckx's career in cycling is beyond compare, to anyone in any other sport. His range of dominance has never been nor will ever be surpassed. There is no athlete in any sport who had the kind of range Eddy had. It would be like a runner winning nearly every event for 10 years, But doing such events as bike races includes incredible speeds in nearly every possible kind of weather wearing only thin garments and no padding. So when you crash, it hurts for days. Anyhow, Eddy Merckx won more stage races, along with sprinter, climber and overall titles, single day races plus track events, for his entire career. Simply astonishing.

  • How can this not be an official documentary of Javelin history channel! Great work!

  • What a great story. Thanks for sharing. I'm a master Javelin thrower myself and I find it useful to learn his technique.

  • Zelezny in Czech language means “made of iron”. Fits perfectly.

    • @Hong Lee nope, its the easiest to learn, not best.. there are so many untranslatable flowerfull exprecision which you just couldnt express 100% in english..

    • black sabbath sings about him.

    • @FyGor _22 Close. However there’s small, nevertheless significant difference: Stalin (Man of Steel) was a pseudonym chosen for himself by Joseph Dzhugashvili and Zelezny carries his surname from the very moment he appeared on our planet Earth.

    • So, basically Jan Stalin ?

    • Or Ironman XD

  • I am about as far as one can be from a sports nut but congrats on producing this wonderfully written video that mysteriously popped up in my recommended feed. He truly was a GOAT.

  • Imagine throwing from one end zone to the other on the fly. Truly impressive.

  • I listened to John Danaher ( A famous BJJ coach) explain the javelin, and how it's the most explosive sport ever created. It's a sprint, a lunge, and a whole body follow through. Danaher then explained what would happen if the thrower were on their knees to demonstrate what BJJ does.

    • What's a BJ? Well regardless I'm sure a BJJ is even better.

  • Only a small guy Zelezny, his arm was so fast it was a blur, even in slow motion. My old athletics trainer was a decent 70 meter thrower himself back in the 80s, but Jan was super human, stuff of legends

    • At 6'-2" and 192 lbs, Zelezny is not small except in comparison to throwers like Hohn who is 6'-5"? Other world class throwers today are also over 6' tall, but Zelezny is not small.

    • That’s the crazy thing, 70 meters is a great thrower, shows how much better Zelezny was!

  • I haven't heard this name since I was a kid. I remember my dad calling me in from what ever I was doing to come watch him throw......Legend.

  • Just when you finally think he’s going to tell you about his best throw, he goes on to start a different story.

    • 🤣🤣

    • In the case for a few of these, it's just putting respect on his name

    • @Gilsworth Criticism isn't a waste; senseless fluff to puff up the video length is. All for that sweet monetization. That's not presentation style, that's just milking anticipation.

    • @Gilsworth I think it's amusing how so many people feel the need to defend other people from criticism just cause...no reason really. His criticism is valid. It's not a personal attack. IF I made videos I'd want to see comments telling me what didn't work to improve my content. The very basics of informative writing is minimalism. Of course, there can be some flair in documentary style content like this, but minimalistic and well structured content is the priority. More importantly, however, he brings this criticism on himself for his bait. He baits in the title and tries to retain viewership by constant teasing the 'next big reveal'. That's not style. We don't benefit from that. Only he does. So people complaining about that is only fair. Actions have consequences.

  • Watching this makes me very proud to be Czech. Thank you.

  • What a Legend ❤️

  • It's like poetry watching him throw that thing .. he turned it into an art form, not even bolt was that dominant .. the guy was incredible

  • I will love to see a video about Stefka Kostadinova, her high jump record of 209 cm is still unbeaten till today 34 years later

  • I Have never heard of his name before today. But from now on I testify that he is the Undisputed greatest javelin thrower of all time. It's highly doubtful that this will be repeated.

  • I like how, in so many of the shots we see, there are people standing at the far end of the range completely oblivious to the fact that a very long sharp object is hurtling straight toward them at 100 miles per hour.

    • @Mephilis 78 so we have proof to the old javelin wasn't the worst possible design but that doesn't tell us it was "perfect". Again: if you have proof it was perfect send it my way, otherwise and if you don't there's no need to reply.

    • @Object Good that it doesn't have to be peer reviewed though, considering that pharmaceutical companies don't even have to test their products anymore.

    • @Object Did you watch the video? They deliberately made the javelin less effective than it already was.

    • @Mephilis 78 has there been any research on if the old javelin was "perfect"? Doesn't have to be in a peer reviewed journal, it could just be on a bored undergraduate's blog.

    • @Object They had been perfected over that time, and all the progress made is now erased. I like people will literally defend modernity, even when it's clearly wrong. People defend planned obsolescence to me a the time too.

  • Great athlete and a icon 👏

  • Well, great Jan Zelezny from our Czech Republic. I remember till today all his olympics wins as we watched them anxiously :) He's a very humble man.

    • @Samuel Rusnak Oh, another desolate :D Let's face it ... there is no Ceskoslovensko but Imrich Bugár is yours

    • He's from czechoSlovak republic, not from junk czechia !!!

  • The greatest athlete ever! Him and Sergey Bubka have been my idols for years.

  • I remember Zelezny very well. I always used to hope that Steve Backley would win the gold medal at various championships, but even on a good day he was always finishing 3 or 4 metres behind. Zelezny was a machine

    • @Flying solo Hmm, it is definitely selective memory when you distort facts. Maybe you could let me know how Backley won 4 European championship gold medals in front of Zelezny if ' even on a good day he was always finishing 3 or 4 metres behind". It is not to harsh to suggest that you were spouting drivel.

    • @ECCENTRICERIC69 how is this selective memory exactly? I didn’t specify particular events or championships for you to come to that conclusion. Don’t be so quick to jump the gun, take a bit more time to read and understand comments perhaps.

    • You seem to have a selective memory. Jan is undoubtedly the greatest in the event but peak Steve Backley was always more than competitive until his knee and back issues. In fact Backley beat Jan to the European Gold medal 4 times depriving Jan of ever winning that coveted medal although Jan dominated in the more prestigious Olympics. As a young English boy growing up I loved to watch these 2 great rivals going at it head to head and it was always a joy to watch Jan throw as it was a thing of beauty that such a relatively slender athlete could throw the javelin so far. He was like poetry in motion even when he occasionally ended up flat on his face!

  • Eventually, someone will come along and break this record. Bob Beamon's 29' 2 1/2" long jump in Mexico City in 1968 was considered unbreakable. That was broken some 20 years later.

  • "This whole javelin thing may in fact present real safety concerns" Wow, who would've thought that a competition involving tossing a throwing spear might be dangerous.

    • Greeks litterally invented the sport of javelin-throwing in order to be more capable in the battle... AKA kill more enemies... ;-)

    • It used to be a two-part competition. First was throwing,second...catching.Crowds loved it.

    • @Dragondoc4 You're so smart that you completely missed the point - that it's an archaic weapon which has been around for a long time and is clearly a weapon and not a toy.

    • @kaldo medieval? The javelin was a favorite weapon of the Greeks. It harkens from antiquity.

    • @Post Hole Digger they are placed far away from the typical landing zones. These world records were just too outlandish to reasonably consider. And its not like any of his throws actually hit anyone, just that they made people consider how far back one should be.

  • Jan Zelezny was so great they had to change the sport and equipment used to stop him, and he still won! Kept making he Javelin heavier, and he still threw dangerous distances which could threaten spectators, AWESOME!

    • The javelin weight did not change from 800 grams! The "center of gravity" was moved forward in the redesign to make the javelin tip over faster.

  • I did not know about Jan and his amazing performances. I wish him all the best in his twilight years and than you for introducing us.

  • It looks like every time he throws , he dislocates his shoulder. Insane technique

  • I’ve never gotten into Javelin, but that was a very well made video! Great narration! 👏🏽

  • Jan Zelenzy would make a good baseball pitcher with that strong arm throw of his.What a champion and a true legend.

  • I spent my entire college career emulating this man’s technique and I’m so happy to see a thorough accounting of his Herculean career. I ended up winning an ACC championship with a throw of 73.04m back in 2003 while attending Georgia Tech. Beaux Greer was reigning US champ and no one will throw a spear like Jan Zelezny again!

    • nice throw with 73M. Not the biggest fan of Beaux: though I remember a quote from him about comparing javelin throwing to ping pong in that there is no money in javelin throwing...I threw too. Loved Zelezny...hard not to if you threw javelin.

    • @Grant King lmfao are you for real? If yes, that's ridiculously amazing.

    • So I for some reason felt compelled to fact check this, and by God, you weren't lying. Congratulations (14 years late)man and clearly you put in a lot of work.

    • Yeah? Well....... also, I'm a ninja.

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  • Interesting video about something I didn't know much about and certainly wouldn't have thought could be this exciting. What a Champ! Jan the Man!🥇🐐

  • Just exceptional, what an athletic, really enjoyed watching this video.❤️

  • Happy and proud to be from a country of the current javelin gold medalist Lt.Neeraj Chopra .. hope he conquers this legends streak 🙏🙏🔥

  • This world record is insane. It has 1365 points according to world athletics, which is the highest of any male WRs. That is equivalent to running the 100m in 9.55 sec!!!

  • He would've been a legendary MLB pitcher with that body control, arm speed and explosive delivery.

  • Me at the beginning: "Javelin, I've heard of it..." Me at the end: "Zelezny is the all time greatest and I'll fight any fool who says otherwise "

    • @Lord Muhehe you mean overall or specific in the olympics, as in the javelin meetings he is always around the top 4.

    • @Marvin Ehre Vetter is really, really good, but his competition achievements are quite subpar for an athlete of his skill.

    • @Random Dude also why is the main reason an excuse?

    • @Random Dude okay, as analogy, your entire life you so far only used the nose for breathing, now you are only allowed to breath through your mouth for a day, how does it impact your daily lifes performance, when you also have to keep the speed/performance up with your usual speed/performance?

    • @Marvin Ehre the greats adjust. Stop with excuses already.

  • My buddy and I are really into primitive technology and javelin throwing was a fun thing for us. I remember how difficult it was for us at first. We would throw into a lake trying to hit an island in the middle. From the spot we were throwing at it was probably around 135 meters, and we always came up short so we eventually changed the weight and shape of the javelin, giving it small fins I two places and hollowing part of it out. We were throwing about 70m and later with the adjustments started to get about 110m. The object in which one throws is important, and it's fascinating to know that primitive man could hurl about 150m.

  • What an amazing story I am so glad this ended up on my feed. The greatest athlete is here!!! 🙏🏻💯

  • Zelezni means made of iron 👌🏻 he sure was. He is a legend. Cheers from Bulgaria.

  • Great, great video - javelin is such a pure sport - this man was poetry in motion. I wish he could have thrown without the limits placed upon him - he would have hit 110 with the old weapon.

  • I am proud that Neeraj Chopra won India's first gold medal in Athletics in Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Javelin. This is a sport which requires great technique, power and focus. There is no doubt, Jan Zelezny is a Legend.

  • That he could complete at that level into his 40s in a sport that puts that much stress on your back makes him the top candidate for greatest genetics ever.

    • @Garry Sekelli Yeah lol like the rules which gets changed everytime? Refballs and sh*t , yeah football is the same from the time they ´ve started playing it. Stop with this copium its not good for you mate.

    • And if you know his life history, Jan had to overcome many physical setbacks. Incredible focus, determination....

    • Nah he lean

    • Melvin Deeply while I may be an American who competed in football all the way out of high school I can testify on how correct you are. I literally left the sport because it became more of a popularity contest fueled by drugs. When I was 16 yrs old watching my Quarterback (same age as me) gain 40+ pounds of muscle and a full beard in two months it was disgusting. And I'm not a small or weak man by any means. But I don't need a substance to tell me I'm good enough. Shit I will never forget catching half the defense during a game hiding out in the locker room snorting that nasal spray they saw on the movie Crank with Jason Statham because, "it's got epinephrine in it and we need a edge." That feel when half the team couldn't keep themselves from looking like they had all been crying into a pot of chopped onions.

  • Best I ever managed when I was 15 back in '83 throwing for my school was 46m. Damn he hits that javelin hard.

  • What a legend!

  • Duplantis is the new GOAT of the sports. He certainly is making a new era in high jump and probably will join Zelezny in this hall of fame! Amazing story