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


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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  • @matejdouda771
    @matejdouda7712 жыл бұрын

    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 !

  • @Ho3n3r


    2 жыл бұрын

    Technically, Gothenburg 2006 was the European championships, not the world championships. Not taking away from the amazing feat of doing that at the age of 40, though.

  • @Adam-ui3ot


    2 жыл бұрын

    If those stats are real I’m absolutely gob smacked.

  • @patheddles4004


    2 жыл бұрын

    So about 2/3 of the 90m+ throws ever achieved belong to this one guy? That's /really/ freaking hard to argue with.

  • @marvinehre9770


    2 жыл бұрын

    this year Vetter has overtaken Zelezny in 93/94m+ throws.

  • @marvinehre9770


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@patheddles4004 Zelezny has 34 90m+ throws, which is nearly 1/3 of the total 90m+ throws. In terms of events, with a 90m+ throw, it is 28 to 22 for Zelezny.

  • @jumpinjason
    @jumpinjason Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @zerotwoisreal


    9 ай бұрын

    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"

  • @janbo8331


    9 ай бұрын

    @@zerotwoisreal 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.

  • @bontrom8


    7 ай бұрын

    Wow! that is a fantastic personal detail. Thanks for sharing it.

  • @trulydiced


    6 ай бұрын

    It’s true I was the javelin

  • @paysonfox88
    @paysonfox88 Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @kirkspilsbury5059


    Жыл бұрын

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

  • @brunesi


    Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @kirkspilsbury5059


    Жыл бұрын

    @@brunesi Probably they would have lost the javelin. 🤣🤣🤣

  • @pendragonU


    Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @normanbell-br7nf


    3 ай бұрын

    Zelesny had the greatest 'whiplash' delivery ever -- magic

  • @alex.t8910
    @alex.t891010 ай бұрын

    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

  • @feykro222
    @feykro222 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @CZpio


    Жыл бұрын

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

  • @TomGoymour247
    @TomGoymour247 Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @soturiks
    @soturiks2 жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @CanadianBoardCrew


    2 жыл бұрын

    Is that a true story?

  • @CanadianBoardCrew


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@Meritokratiabest still impressive

  • @Meritokratiabest


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@CanadianBoardCrew Absolutely!

  • @Arthur_Putey


    2 жыл бұрын

    And then he raised Olympic and World championships and Diamond league winners as coach.

  • @drB05


    2 жыл бұрын


  • @vincentvega9999
    @vincentvega9999 Жыл бұрын

    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

  • @Serenoj69


    Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @bojanpejovic7691


    3 ай бұрын

    ​@@Serenoj69the spear wasn't redesigned because of Hohn, it was redesigned to plant firmer into the ground, fly shorter and in more of an arc with it's center of gravity shifted, it was designed to prevent accidents. It is very simple to compare Hohn and Zelezny, you look at how much further they threw compared to all other athletes competing against them, in this regard, there is no comparisson. Vetter might change that some day. But as it stands, nobody will ever break Hohn's record, as it had been retired and is unchanging, it is an eternal record.

  • @joshhale9355
    @joshhale9355 Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @jeremypearson6852
    @jeremypearson68522 ай бұрын

    Absolutely incredible, he was naturally born to throw the javelin. The fact that he almost won four golds is remarkable. Hard to imagine what kind of stress it put on his throwing shoulder. For an athlete to still dominate into his 30’s is quite an achievement.

  • @afrobuddy4801
    @afrobuddy4801 Жыл бұрын

    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!!!

  • @xylfox


    3 ай бұрын

    The Usain Bolt of Javelin! Or otherwise?Bolt the Zelesny of 100m?

  • @nickyfurlano8531


    2 ай бұрын

    "The freak of nature" Mission Brief blew out a 1:50.3 October 2nd 2014 at The Red Mile as a two year old filly trotter. That record could stand 50 years or more.

  • @randypugmeister4260
    @randypugmeister4260 Жыл бұрын

    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!

  • @teerat8451
    @teerat84512 жыл бұрын

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

  • @GorGob


    2 жыл бұрын

    Would be interesting to know what kind of training program he had in the gym. I assume lot's of shoulders.

  • @HoneyBadgerVideos


    2 жыл бұрын

    If I throw something at peak power I definitely hurt my shoulder

  • @AMNS.cyberpunk


    2 жыл бұрын

    He probably did both many times, and worked through it with PT and willpower. Lots of athletes give themselves horrible long term damage by "playing through the pain". If it was worth it to him, then good, I say. He seemed to love the sport.

  • @HoneyBadgerVideos


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@AMNS.cyberpunk and he was disgustingly good at it too. goddamn

  • @Ethan-jd3qt


    2 жыл бұрын

    The human body is pretty well designed to throw

  • @variantloki9478
    @variantloki94782 ай бұрын

    The name Jan can be a short form for Javelin itself. What a Legend!

  • @lenculpepper9150
    @lenculpepper91502 ай бұрын

    This is an incredible testament to the longevity of determination that this extraordinary man possessed.

  • @jameswalker7459
    @jameswalker7459 Жыл бұрын

    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....

  • @investindia2087
    @investindia2087 Жыл бұрын

    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 ..

  • @davidjencen3419
    @davidjencen3419 Жыл бұрын

    I threw in college, after my coach suggested it. I was a mediocre sprinter, and the javelin had a unique appeal (the element of danger, rarity at college level). Although we competed in NCAA Div 1, it was in a lower-tier conference. At the regional championships I competed against the eventual NCAA champ. There are 2 basic techniques: Zelezny’s (also mine), and a slow trot to the foul line at which the thrower stops and then releases like any other distance throwing motion. The NCAA champ was the latter, and is preferred by athletes with superior arm strength, disproportionate to their leg/back strength. As you see Zelezny’s technique is more violent, more prone to injury, more prone to fouling. However, the big advantage is the ability to transfer horizontal energy (the running approach) to the throwing motion, which as you see involves all the major muscle groups. This doesn’t occur with the other technique, rare among elite throwers in the circuit but more popular with baseball outfielders hoping to improve their throwing velocity.

  • @k.o.hakala2112
    @k.o.hakala21122 жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @AKFF320


    2 жыл бұрын


  • @yokakeshinowakane


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@AKFF320 about you?

  • @matthewmea3566


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@Jop3lius Irrelevant point, you're already desperate.

  • @zaneclone
    @zaneclone2 ай бұрын

    Zelezny was just a magnificent physical specimen. Incredibly athletic- fast, agile, flexible and unbelievably explosive- I'm sure he could've been great at many events... Perhaps the best decathlete that never was ?

  • @margeryfranko1850
    @margeryfranko1850 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @MountainsPassionPetrDakota
    @MountainsPassionPetrDakota Жыл бұрын

    He would be known more if KZread, 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 !

  • @pekinobo
    @pekinobo Жыл бұрын

    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. 🐐

  • @Humorsopa
    @Humorsopa2 ай бұрын

    Agreed this is one of my favorite athlete of all times... But given this is a 2 year old clip, I would already question his status as the best athlete ever. The reason for that... Armand Duplantis. He is 23, already by far the greatest pole vaulter ever, in a discipline which can even be considered harder to master because it's extreme need for technical perfection.

  • @angelmaldonado7967
    @angelmaldonado79672 жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @Dekauwu


    2 жыл бұрын

    Technoblade be like

  • @red8884


    2 жыл бұрын

    They did that in the K1 twice for Bob Sapp against Ernesto Hoost. Hoost is the 4 time world gp champ. Sapp has lost his last 20 fights lol

  • @Pain4yourmind


    2 жыл бұрын

    But ultimately if you put the sport itself in perspective (as in how many people actually try to compete professionally) say vrs running or swimming where far more people participate in it. I mean it not easy to practice the sport safety or properly like having a marked field in a stadium you can practice in. It’s a very impressive record and story but for me as less people are involved in the sport the odds are far higher that you could rise above the competition (as there is less of it) than say running/sprinting. So sprinting for me is still No.1 and the most famous all time greats are still those in sprinting or long distance running.

  • @sam-kid


    2 жыл бұрын

    Yeah n a slap on the face of biased regulations, i mean this was God gifted huh, ....the man was made to achieve greatness in this particular discipline!

  • @red8884


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@sam-kid still, the person to actually do with the javelin, what it was made for, is Pitkamekki. He pierced it into a guys liver if i remember correctly

  • @CC-bi8hw
    @CC-bi8hw2 жыл бұрын

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

  • @richardcranium5048
    @richardcranium5048 Жыл бұрын

    Carl Lewis had just set a world record, in the 100 meters, when a reporter asked him, Carl how does it feel to be the fastest man in the world... Carl replied, I'm sure I wouldn't know, but it sure feels good to be the fastest man here today

  • @Beliar275
    @Beliar2752 ай бұрын

    Small add - the reason for changing the spear was not only the 104,8 m throw by Uwe Hohn - but also that the old spear had showed a rather flat flying curve the longer the throw got (the athlete threw it faster - the curve flattened a bit .. thus more length) and the referee often had problems determining the landing point because the spear would "slide" on landing. The new spear has shifted balance (more weight close to the head) - which leads to a pronounced curve and sticks in the ground on landing instead of sliding. So it made the job much easier to determine the result

  • @inquikid6320
    @inquikid6320 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @Straight.Forward.Indian
    @Straight.Forward.Indian Жыл бұрын

    He has thrown above 90 Meters mark more than 50 times in his International career.... Probably 52 or 53 times...!! The other above 90 Meters mark throwing has been achieved 32 times by other Javelin throwers. So out of the total 85 times 90 meters above throwing, 52 times belongs to this great man.

  • @philcushion2458
    @philcushion24582 жыл бұрын

    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

  • @andrinwaldhauser878


    2 жыл бұрын


  • @janeblogs324


    2 жыл бұрын

    Athletes throwing events typically would mean taking a dive to win big gambling

  • @Insert-thing-here-Fan


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@BOB67666 why the long face

  • @meat_dragon8834


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@BOB67666 just because it didnt happen to you dosnt mean it didnt happen. Grow up and learn to keep scrolling

  • @martinbotha8700
    @martinbotha8700 Жыл бұрын

    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

  • @bryanheslin5155
    @bryanheslin5155 Жыл бұрын

    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..

  • @adylevene4318
    @adylevene43183 ай бұрын

    The whip speed of his throwing arm is unbelievable, I remember watching the old style javelins in the 70's and they used to flex and wriggle their way through the air.

  • @juankawr9910
    @juankawr99102 ай бұрын

    what a throwing machine! mad respect 💪

  • @pad-zilla1246
    @pad-zilla1246 Жыл бұрын

    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

  • @SirRorschachJack


    Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @Bk_2320


    3 ай бұрын

    @pad-zilla1246. I am a javelin thrower from upstate NY and they still don’t really have javelin at meets, with few exceptions. This year I competed at Nationals and ranked first in the state. However, it would’ve been nice if we actually had it at all our meets. Instead of training javelin regularly at practice, my coach had me train for pentathlon.

  • @axiss5840
    @axiss58402 жыл бұрын

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

  • @ragingdawn8315


    2 жыл бұрын

    There is 795 likes and I am the first comment

  • @adecentname2886


    2 жыл бұрын

    I am second

  • @lipeeno


    2 жыл бұрын

    Remember shouting at the telly with my granddad that was pure magic. Thanks for the work. Much appreciated. Couldn't be prouder.

  • @jesusmysavior1056


    2 жыл бұрын

    What’s a “tonme”?

  • @malichijordan1329


    2 жыл бұрын

    Y6 as

  • @atomknight8361
    @atomknight8361 Жыл бұрын

    Sydney Mclaughlin will probably be this for female athletics. Bringing the world record down 2 whole seconds in a year is insanity and just at 22 years old. She could truly get her own unbreakable record

  • @iceman4660
    @iceman46602 ай бұрын

    I just loved watching him. A legend.

  • @dextec49
    @dextec494 ай бұрын

    The GOAT of all time. Once in a lifetime athlete in his sport. Thanks to you Mr. Jan Zenlezny for raising the bar high for being great. That’s what is called inspiration, hard work and dedication to be the best. Great video.

  • @Hattermann


    2 ай бұрын

    the GOATOAT

  • @kevinborg8069
    @kevinborg8069 Жыл бұрын

    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

  • @Jimthehumanoid
    @Jimthehumanoid Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @midnightstories5695


    Жыл бұрын

    Yes I was scratching my head on that one to ?

  • @VivoY-kg6ox


    5 ай бұрын

    Yup me too..commonwealth games is for us..ex crown colonial

  • @dakurlzz87
    @dakurlzz872 жыл бұрын

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

  • @tkeleth2931


    2 жыл бұрын

    This guy is the epitome of "But wait! There's MORE!"

  • @Quantris


    2 жыл бұрын

    At a certain point one realizes they should just go read the wiki about Jan instead of wasting more time waiting for this video to stop teasing

  • @Gilsworth


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@Quantris Everybody's a critic. If you don't like the presentation style, that's perfectly fine, but it's unfair to say that it's a waste of time to watch the video when you have enough time to complain about it.

  • @CC-xu2yz


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@Quantris That's exactly what I did.

  • @pagatryx5451


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@Gilsworth I think it's amusing how so many people feel the need to defend other people from criticism just 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.

  • @thanos616
    @thanos616 Жыл бұрын

    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...

  • @tonygrimes13


    Жыл бұрын

    Particularly *Emil Zátopek*

  • @thanos616


    Жыл бұрын

    @@tonygrimes13 sure there is a lot of others like Zatopek, Sablikova etc..

  • @willb1157


    Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @zam388


    Жыл бұрын

    My first.. Operation Daybreak heroes. Inspiration

  • @theoteddy9665


    Жыл бұрын

    Jirka Prochazka!💪

  • @sonicstoryteller
    @sonicstoryteller Жыл бұрын

    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 👍

  • @KingJohnson1985
    @KingJohnson1985 Жыл бұрын

    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...

  • @azynkron
    @azynkron Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @tobolee6385


    3 ай бұрын

    On ya bike ..he was on skis ya clown .

  • @scottclark1839
    @scottclark1839 Жыл бұрын

    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!

  • @sax7760
    @sax77602 жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @Ikxi


    2 жыл бұрын

    Or other kinds of injury besides the back pain

  • @jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj0


    2 жыл бұрын

    Yup. Knee and hip issues are common as well from planting force.

  • @momkatmax


    2 жыл бұрын

    After making his commitment to never fault out again I could see he would plant that left foot at the end of the throw like a demon. Man, the force on that leg all the way up the body! Knock out a regular bloke's fillings.

  • @jonlamontagne


    2 жыл бұрын

    I think you're skipping the fact that his ulner collateral ligament survived his training let alone his actual competition throws!!! I think it's measured that a 5 oz baseball pitched at 95 mph is something like 800 lb of force put onto that tiny ligament hence us knowing the injury repair as "The Tommy John Surgery" after the first pitcher to successfully receive the surgery and make a come back.

  • @animax2422


    2 жыл бұрын


  • @OriginalPuro
    @OriginalPuro2 ай бұрын

    What a Man. What an Olympian! You should be proud of him, Czech Republic, if he's not a national hero then I don't know who could be.

  • @marybarratt2649
    @marybarratt2649 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @n0w3lly90
    @n0w3lly90 Жыл бұрын

    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

  • @midgiecabello6284
    @midgiecabello6284 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @jasonjackson5696
    @jasonjackson5696 Жыл бұрын

    His world record throw of 99.48 meters was actually 100+ meters because he threw at least 1.5 meters before the limit line.

  • @tylerbradfield9981
    @tylerbradfield99812 жыл бұрын

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

  • @juanbenjume236


    2 жыл бұрын

    Me too

  • @alexoftheway8169


    2 жыл бұрын

    Totally, I rarely care about any sport but this vidio was watched all the way through, super awesome Jan and a great vidio a out him!

  • @adeniranpromise4008


    2 жыл бұрын

    You should commend yourself for being so logical too. Kudos.

  • @leonbassjunkiepozo4851


    2 жыл бұрын

    Yeh i felt this too

  • @nathannall5754
    @nathannall5754 Жыл бұрын

    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

  • @Henry-to6yz


    Жыл бұрын

    For his own personal footage? Was that a superstition?

  • @xipingpong9326
    @xipingpong93263 ай бұрын

    I think India's Niraj Chopra has same throwing technique also his follow through and Celebration is same like zelenzy 😮 As an Indian we are getting more into track and fields and India has immense potential

  • @scopex2749
    @scopex2749 Жыл бұрын

    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!

  • @JoeBlowUK
    @JoeBlowUK3 ай бұрын

    I represented our school in javelin... my skill was most useful in the annual snowball fights, where I could stand well out of reach from the opposition, yet reach them easily. 😎👍

  • @hejlik4859
    @hejlik4859 Жыл бұрын

    Jan měl dům kousek od našeho a to v Kosmonosích ( Mladá Boleslav) občas jsem ho potkával, ale spíš jeho ženu, on BYL dost často na soustředění v zahraničí. Honza je frajer a hrdina našeho města a má od něj klíče , které dostal od primátora

  • @steezymtb5876
    @steezymtb58762 жыл бұрын

    I can never get over the fact that that standing world record throw looked like it was easy compared to many other of his throws. Like he really didn't put that much into it, the technique was so pure.

  • @scopie49


    2 жыл бұрын

    Also looked like he was quite far behind the line in case he stumbled.

  • @sparkleseverywhere


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@scopie49 and thats where you wonder what he could have gotten, if he didnt have to worry about the line

  • @sladeb6036


    2 жыл бұрын

    This is what Bruce Lee talked about an practiced.

  • @MoneyHoneyBunny


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@scopie49 I was thinking the same thing, Im not an expert at all on the sport but, maybe putting extra force in causes you to need extra room to land on your hands? That's 1 thing I noticed about some of these. But it's stil possible he could have got 100. Imagine if he was in Colorado with the thin air, he could maybe have even broken the old pre 1984 record that is now not counted!

  • @scopie49


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@MoneyHoneyBunny He stays so far behind the line because he's worried about fouling. Despite the perfect form he sometimes does get tripped up and stumbles after the throw. So he's safely behind the line just in case but also sacrifices his total distance. It adds a level of technical skill to be required to throw behind the line but his actual throw was much further than recorded. That's what I find impressive. Breaks a record that could have been like 1m further.

  • @JudyCZ
    @JudyCZ Жыл бұрын

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

  • @Seyfsha
    @Seyfsha Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @thelakeman5207
    @thelakeman5207 Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @10basetom
    @10basetom Жыл бұрын

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

  • @Metalhead0303sp
    @Metalhead0303sp Жыл бұрын

    There is one athlete who can compare to him. Also 3 times back to back Olympic gold medals in 1988, 1992, 1996 and a silver medal in 2000. Hes record is 887 wins and 2 losses, both by a single point in Greco Roman Wrestling. Before hes loss in finals match in 2000, a point had not been scored on him in 6 prior years. He is considered to be by far the best wrestler, and one of, if not the most acomplished athletes of all time. He was the only heavyweight to perform a Suplex throw, nicknamed Karelin Lift after him. Now, Jan Zelezny was also a remarkable athlete, not to take anything from him, but the form that Alexandr Karelin had is unpresidented. I would put those 2 as the GOAT athleets...

  • @Sabrowsky
    @Sabrowsky2 жыл бұрын

    "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.

  • @bpj1805


    2 жыл бұрын

    The surprise wasn't that a pointy thing would be dangerous, that's always been known. The surprise was that a throw would be 5 meters beyond the existing world record at the time.

  • @StormTheSquid


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@bpj1805 Which shouldn't have been surprising, given what we know of Human adaptability and improvement.

  • @ken138


    2 жыл бұрын

    I wonder what incidents occurred that they had to make those javelin changes.

  • @znk0r


    2 жыл бұрын

    I remember a clip with an official catching a javelin with his torso...if I remember correctly he threw the marker down wher it should have fallen...with the javelin sticking out of him.

  • @Thaumazzar


    2 жыл бұрын

    What made him so good is he was probably aiming at the people at the end of the track.

  • @rogerszmodis6913
    @rogerszmodis6913 Жыл бұрын

    Hockey has an undisputed GOAT. That guy is the fastest and second fastest player to score 1000 points. Every other player ever only had 1000 points once. Then he added 857 on top of that.

  • @TheDrguywolf
    @TheDrguywolf Жыл бұрын

    This guy was so good that the second greatest javelin thrower of all-time, Steve Backley, is almost seen as an also-ran. Backley won 4 European Champs competing against Zelezny, plus a WR. That era was the greatest ever for javelin. Zelezny was Bradman-esque.

  • @debbiethomas3687


    Жыл бұрын

    I used to love to watch them compete - always hoping that Mick Hill would really surprise us one day and beat them both, but it never happened. Such a shame for Steve that he was competing at the same time as Jan, rather like Roger Black and Michael Johnson. Steve is a fine commentator now though.

  • @gauravpandey5118


    Жыл бұрын

    Who is Bradman.....?

  • @DNW28


    2 ай бұрын

    ​@@gauravpandey5118just some Aussie who was twice the player of Tendulka 😉

  • @CLOUD-33
    @CLOUD-33 Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @ivengideonv6428
    @ivengideonv64288 ай бұрын

    Incredible by today's standards , we'll never know if it was beaten in first Olympics I saw a documentary on the original olimpic sight and the jump line in the broad jump pit was 20 feet there is a huge stone on pedestal that weighs around 400 lbs with a man's name etched in it and says he lifted this above his head with one hand

  • @hexxon77
    @hexxon77 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @marcuscanty5039
    @marcuscanty50392 жыл бұрын

    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!

  • @TheMarioMen1


    2 жыл бұрын

    Boo wreck tech dawg go Dawgs 💯

  • @sudstahgaming


    2 жыл бұрын

    I've made 10 meters from memory

  • @TheVintagedudee


    2 жыл бұрын

    Gene Connor m

  • @mhdubois3139


    2 жыл бұрын

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

  • @grantking4032


    2 жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @SolidBased
    @SolidBased Жыл бұрын

    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!!

  • @jstenberg3192
    @jstenberg3192 Жыл бұрын

    Can you imagine his baseball pitch speed if he had gone down that path?

  • @jamesstreet228
    @jamesstreet228 Жыл бұрын

    Something that's crazy is, I was playing darts once (the real darts not the electronic dart board) with a friend of mine. He went to the bar to get another round of drinks and I kept throwing just playing around. I threw one then when I threw the next I put it directly into the wings of the previous dart right where the center junction of the 4 plastic fins come together and stuck the dark directly into the first one and it hung there and nobody saw it. Lol. I could throw for the next 100 years and never do that again.

  • @f4ust85
    @f4ust85 Жыл бұрын

    His work ethic and technical brilliance was a marvel, just an absolute wizard.

  • @alexandergonzalez6445
    @alexandergonzalez6445 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @Rodak-zg2xp
    @Rodak-zg2xp2 жыл бұрын

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

  • @saderuscz


    2 жыл бұрын

    or "Ironborn" like Greyjoys from Iron Islands...

  • @0ldCat


    2 жыл бұрын

    Means the same thing in Russian, curiously enough. Slavic language similarities, I guess. Zhelezo (noun) - iron. Zhelezni (adjective) - made of iron (masculine). Zheleznaya (feminine). Zheleznoye (neutral). This dude was unbelievable, regardless. I hate how they "disqualified" his early records because the "governing body" hadn't "approved" the implement being thrown. What a pile of bull💩. Sanctioned events, sanctioned rules, sanctioned everything. Yet as soon as the guy shatters the world record, they gasp and unexpectedly realize they handed him an "unsanctioned" and "unverified" jav. These judging tůrds should be laid out on the ground at 90-meter mark next time. Perhaps they'll sanction everything pertaining to javelin throw more thoroughly, including the javelin 😹

  • @Vespyr_


    2 жыл бұрын

    Looks like he was made of Gold to me.

  • @indaputindina5835


    2 жыл бұрын

    Thcekoslovak method:Love the Earth,Earth give you extention😌

  • @pashazitto627


    2 жыл бұрын

    This comment makes him even more badass then i realised lmao

  • @kodlcan
    @kodlcan Жыл бұрын

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

  • @user-zj1ht8qo3h
    @user-zj1ht8qo3h5 ай бұрын

    He was a beast I love this not every one could do as he did man it's good to have utube everything about track I see but this man was very good and still good to watch and year after year

  • @Red-Army1975
    @Red-Army1975 Жыл бұрын

    What a Legend ❤️

  • @ajayk1432
    @ajayk1432 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @ucantseeme7477
    @ucantseeme7477 Жыл бұрын

    Many in India have new found curiosity in this sport ever since Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal at Olympics 2020(21). His biggest threat was Vetter from Germany who had a best of 90+mts. Then I found about Zelezny and went woah thats a big gap between his best and 2nd best

  • @tonyschue5665
    @tonyschue56652 жыл бұрын

    As a discus thrower in high school, I can't imagine throwing a javelin so far. I played with the javelin, and it seemed impossible. GOAT is right

  • @jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj0


    2 жыл бұрын

    Same here. Ryan Crouser is a beast too.

  • @wandyy8078
    @wandyy8078 Жыл бұрын

    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

  • @HD14Solo
    @HD14Solo Жыл бұрын

    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



    Жыл бұрын

    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!

  • @HD14Solo


    Жыл бұрын

    @@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.



    Жыл бұрын

    @@HD14Solo 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.

  • @mizofan


    2 ай бұрын

    Er, Backley won 4 European Golds, 90, 94, 98, 02, 3 of those with Zelezny competing.

  • @softwashscience
    @softwashscience Жыл бұрын

    JOHN BRZENK is GOAT of sports. Undefeated for 25+ years in his weight class and a decade undefeated in the two weight classes above him. Held the # 1 world ranking in 5 separate decades. He has won Over 500 titles, over ten thousand matches. He reached #1 in the world in 1982 at age 19.and then retired after winning his last match in 2015 at 50 years old and #1 in the world. 6 years later in the spring of 2021 just before his 57th birthday the prodigal son John Brzenk returned and won every match except for 1 against the #2 ranked super heavyweight in the world after being back for less than 6 months but he had him an inch from the pad still. Now in 2022 at the age of 58 years old he is ranked #1 at his weight and has been chasing down the super heavyweights and crushing world class youngsters some almost double his weight and size. Armwrestling is a very very old sport and its a strength and combat sport requiring tremendous control, endurance, speed, and technique. John Brzenk as an unsuspecting individual walking around looking like a normal guy yet he possesses the most amazing skill that sport has ever seen and what makes him so unique as he didn’t hit some high peak he just rose above everyone and stayed there for 40 years. The crazy thing is he’s still writing his story and we may get to see A guy dominate from the age of 19 and continue to do so into his 60s. Someday someone will dissect his career in a professional manner and put it out there for the world to see and when it’s all laid out on the table everyone will realize his career in sports will never ever again be matched and he is the one true GOAT by a very large margin.

  • @KC-ib1fp
    @KC-ib1fp Жыл бұрын

    Imagine seeing that throw in 2000 break the world record in the third throw, and having to go next.. Knowing you have to break the world record to beat him and get gold... Psychologically that was massive!! Even with 3 throws left, must have been demoralising..realising your now throwing for silver.

  • @karayuschij
    @karayuschij Жыл бұрын

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

  • @davidanderson2357
    @davidanderson23572 жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @hansdavis7335


    2 жыл бұрын

    And imagine that they didn't change the javelin's specs ,he would have easily hit them most of the time.

  • @ntnnot


    2 жыл бұрын

    I recall one mishap, but it was due to the throw landing too much to the side, off sector. Hit a long jumper on the side of his torso. I wonder if they changed the design of the stadium after that. Would reckon so, or at minimum the scheduling to not have an event take place at the same time on the side. Video, pretty scary:

  • @MC_ToyDawg


    2 жыл бұрын

    Somone has to of gotten impelled at an event in history.

  • @hansdavis7335


    2 жыл бұрын

    @@MC_ToyDawg Actually happened quite a few times, i remember one thrower accidentally threw to the left side out of bounds and hit someone on the back. One hit a field personnel on the jaw. And another one on a judges left arm.

  • @MrZZsharka
    @MrZZsharka Жыл бұрын

    I can also imagine him being an extremely fast bowler in cricket with his action and body control etc.

  • @gregallan2842


    Жыл бұрын

    The legendary fast bowler Jeff Thomson was a sub junior javelin champion in Queensland.

  • @MrZZsharka


    Жыл бұрын

    @@gregallan2842 Awesome!

  • @ambianknight6816
    @ambianknight6816 Жыл бұрын

    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.

  • @joejesswein9740
    @joejesswein9740 Жыл бұрын

    Remember seeing/hearing his name during olympics and word championships(i watch all the sports I can) but mustve been the end of his career. I had no idea about him and his story. I figured he was just a dude that qualified kinda by default. Damn was I wrong!

  • @crystalblevins1196
    @crystalblevins11968 ай бұрын

    Javelin is the personification of giving it everything you got. Its very drmatic to watch in slo-mo. Its the epitome of athleticism in my opinion.

  • @airguy5024
    @airguy5024 Жыл бұрын

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

  • @michaelbarrella3043
    @michaelbarrella30432 жыл бұрын

    His technique really is flawless. He builds up speed first, then his legs move wider storing more potential energy. Then right at the release, all the energy he built up is transferred to his arm and you can actually see his entire lower body go completely still for a split second before the recoil of the throw causes him to jump once more to the line. He realizes this which is why he throws so short of the line, hes a true master of the sport!

  • @JohnDoe-nr7to


    2 жыл бұрын

    Great eye. Surely a coach.

  • @lone-wolf-1


    2 жыл бұрын


  • @michaelbarrella3043


    Жыл бұрын

    @@JohnDoe-nr7to just a highly enthused fan ☺

  • @sbarriskell
    @sbarriskell Жыл бұрын

    Sergei Bubka and Jan Zelezny were legends 👏 🙌

  • @mtsflorida
    @mtsflorida5 ай бұрын

    Certainly the greatest. His achievements can be compared to AL Orter and Carl Lewis or even Bob Mathias and Jim Thorpe, and not to mention Johnny Weissmuller and the greatest of weight lifters Paul Anderson for big guys and Naim Süleymanoğlu for smaller who have also been know as the greatest the world has ever known.

  • @jenniferholden9397
    @jenniferholden9397 Жыл бұрын

    Do you remember Welshman Lyn Davis who broke the long jump record, it wasn’t broken for over 20 years, I think it was broken in Rome, fantastic to watch on tv. Well done Lyn.