Alexandr Valerevich Ivanov (Russian : Александр Валерьевич Иванов; born May 25, 1982 in Saint Petersburg) is a Russian javelin thrower. His personal best throw is 88.90 metres, achieved in June 2003 in Tula.
Russian is an East Slavic language, which is official in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as being widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus and Central Asia. It was the de facto language of the Soviet Union until its dissolution on 25 December 1991. Although, nowadays, nearly three decades after the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia, the rise of state-specific varieties of this language tends to be strongly denied in Russia, in line with the Russian World ideology.
Saint Petersburg is Russia's second-largest city after Moscow, with 5 million inhabitants in 2012, part of the Saint Petersburg agglomeration with a population of 6.2 million (2015). An important Russian port on the Baltic Sea, it has a status of a federal subject.
The javelin throw is a track and field event where the javelin, a spear about 2.5 m in length, is thrown. The javelin thrower gains momentum by running within a predetermined area. Javelin throwing is an event of both the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon.
|1999||World Youth Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||3rd||78.65 m (700g)|
|2000||World Junior Championships||Santiago, Chile||6th||71.02 m|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Canada||10th||80.56 m|
|European Junior Championships||Grosseto, Italy||1st||80.18 m|
|2002||European Championships||Munich, Germany||6th||82.66 m|
|2003||European U23 Championships||Bydgoszcz, Poland||1st||82.59 m|
|World Championships||Paris, France||12th||77.32 m|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||4th||80.58 m|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||5th||83.31 m|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||6th||77.25 m|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||5th||79.14 m|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||7th||78.32 m|
|2006||European Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||8th||80.09 m|
|World Cup||Athens, Greece||3rd||81.87 m|
|2007||World Championships||Osaka, Japan||5th||85.18m|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, PR China||14th||79.27 m|
Stephen James Backley, OBE is a retired British track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He formerly held the world record, and his 91.46 m throw from 1992 is the British record. During his career, he was a firm fixture in the British national athletics team. He won four gold medals at the European Championships, three Commonwealth Games gold medals, two silvers and a bronze at the Olympic Games, and two silvers at the World Championships. Currently, he is an occasional commentator for athletics competitions, especially the field events.
Andreas Thorkildsen is a retired Norwegian track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He was the Olympic Champion in 2004 and 2008, European Champion in 2006 and 2010, and World Champion in 2009. He is the first male javelin thrower in history to simultaneously be European, World and Olympic Champion. He was also a three-time silver medalist at the World Championships, placing second in 2005, 2007 and 2011. His personal best of 91.59 m, set in 2006, is the Norwegian record.
Tero Kristian Pitkämäki is a Finnish track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. He is a World Champion, having won gold in 2007. His personal best throw of 91.53 m, set in 2005, ranks him eleventh on the overall list.
Sergey Aleksandrovich Makarov is a retired Russian track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. His personal best throw of 92.61 m, set in 2002, is the Russian record. Facing tough competition throughout his career from Jan Železný, Steve Backley and others, Makarov did not win any major competition until 2003, when he became World Champion at the age of 30.
Andrus Värnik is a retired Estonian track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He is a World Champion, having won gold in 2005. His personal best throw of 87.83 m, set in 2003, was the Estonian record for 15 years.
Emeterio González Silva is a former Cuban javelin thrower, whose current personal best throw is 87.12 metres, achieved in June 2000 in Jena.
Gerhardus "Hardus" Pienaar is a South African javelin thrower and former Junior World Champion from South Africa. His personal best throw is 84.50 metres, achieved in October 2003 in Hyderabad. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest javelin throwers in South African history.
Peter Esenwein is a German javelin thrower.
Peter Blank is a German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. Early on in his career, he was a decathlete. In 1992, he set the world record for longest javelin throw in a decathlon with a distance of 79.80 m.
Raymond Hecht is a German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. His personal best throw is 92.60 m, achieved in 1995. This places him seventh on the all-time rankings.
Juha Matti Närhi is a Finnish javelin thrower.
Harri Juhani Haatainen is a Finnish javelin thrower. His personal best throw is 86.63 metres, achieved in August 2001 in Gateshead.
Mark Fränk is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. His personal best throw is 84.88 m, achieved in 2005.
Magnus Arvidsson is a retired Swedish track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw.
Teemu Sakari Wirkkala is a Finnish javelin thrower. His personal best throw is 87.23 metres, achieved in July 2009 in Joensuu.
Igor Janik is a male javelin thrower from Poland. His personal best throw is 84.76m achieved in 2008.
Vítězslav Veselý is a Czech javelin thrower.
Harri Tapio Hakkarainen is a retired male javelin thrower from Finland. He set his personal best on June 24, 1995 in Kuortane.
Guillermo Martínez López is a Cuban javelin thrower.
Antti Hermanni Ruuskanen is a Finnish track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. He is a European Champion, having won gold in 2014. His personal best is 88.98 m, which he set in 2015.
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