Birthday boy Svechnikov the javelin king

19 May 2017
Uzbekistan's Aleksandr Svechnikov competes during the Men's Javelin Throw F13 of the Athletics events at the Baku 2017.
Uzbekistan's Aleksandr Svechnikov poses on the podium of the Men's Javelin Throw F13 of the Athletics events at the Baku 2017.

Disabled javelin star Aleksandr Svechnikov of Uzbekistan was the toast of Baku on Thursday, as the first world record tumbled at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games.

Svechnikov, who was celebrating his 19th birthday on Friday, launched a monster throw of 70 metres in the men's javelin F13 final to become the proud owner of the world's best distance in the discipline.

It was a nice early present for the Uzbek, who notched up the record with his second throw and was able to watch on as his rivals tried in vain to catch him.

Iran's Sajad Nikparast managed 59.24m to take silver while his compatriot Seyed Er Hosseini Liravi, the 2015 paralympic world championship silver medallist, completed the podium with an effort of 55.79m.

Svechnikov burst onto the scene at the 2016 Paralympics when he threw a Games record of 65.69m to win gold, with Nikparast behind him in second place in Rio just as he was in Baku on Thursday.

The Uzbek record across all javelin disciplines is 87.20m, which was set by Viktor Zaitsev in June 1992 in Moscow.

The longstanding world record is 98.48m held by Czech athlete Jan Zelezny, who registered the distance in May 1996 in Jena, Germany.

Zelezny holds the longest three modern javelin throws, although Uwe Hohn managed 104.80m for East Germany with the older model in 1984.

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