Thomas Röhler

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Thomas Röhler
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Röhler competing in 2017
Personal information
Born (1991-09-30) 30 September 1991 (age 28)
Jena, Germany
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
CountryFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)93.90 m (2017)
Updated on 9 September 2018.

Thomas Röhler (born 30 September 1991) is a German track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. He is the 2016 Olympic Champion and 2018 European Champion. His personal best of 93.90 m for the event ranks him third on the overall list. [1]

Track and field Sport involving running, jumping and throwing disciplines

Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from where the sport takes place, a running track and a grass field for the throwing and some of the jumping events. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and racewalking.

Javelin throw track and field athletics event where the javelin is thrown

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.

The men's javelin throw competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium between August 17–20.



Röhler began taking part in track and field as a child in 1998. Raised in Jena, he attended the Johann Christoph Friedrich GutsMuths Sports High school in the city and went on to study at the University of Jena. [2] He first competed mainly as a high jumper and a triple jumper. [3] He began to make his impact as a junior (under-20) athlete in the javelin throw in 2010. That year he threw beyond seventy metres for the first time and represented his country at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics, where he finished in ninth place. [4] He ended that year with a personal best throw of 76.37 m (250 ft 6 12 in) to place second at the German junior championships. The following year he improved to 78.20 m (256 ft 6 12 in) – a throw which brought him seventh place at the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships. [5]

Jena Place in Thuringia, Germany

Jena is a German university city and the second largest city in Thuringia. Together with the nearby cities of Erfurt and Weimar, it forms the central metropolitan area of Thuringia with approximately 500,000 inhabitants, while the city itself has a population of about 110,000. Jena is a centre of education and research; the Friedrich Schiller University was founded in 1558 and had 18,000 students in 2017 and the Ernst-Abbe-Fachhochschule Jena counts another 5,000 students. Furthermore, there are many institutes of the leading German research societies.

Johann Christoph Friedrich GutsMuths German gymnast

Johann Christoph Friedrich GutsMuths, also called Guts Muth or Gutsmuths, was a teacher and educator in Germany, and is especially known for his role in the development of physical education. He is thought of as the "grandfather of gymnastics" – the "father" being Friedrich Ludwig Jahn. GutsMuths introduced systematic physical exercise into the school curriculum, and he developed the basic principles of artistic gymnastics.

University of Jena university located in Jena, Thuringia, Germany

The University of Jena, officially the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena is a public research university located in Jena, Thuringia, Germany.

He established himself as a senior athlete in 2012. He cleared eighty metres for the first time at a meeting in Sankt Wendel, getting a mark of 80.79 m (265 ft 12 in), which ranked him 54th in the world that year. [6] More crucial was his first national title win at the 2012 German Athletics Championships, where he defeated the more experienced Tino Häber. [7] His personal best was not sufficient for entry to the 2012 London Olympics, but he was selected for the 2012 European Athletics Championships. On his senior debut for Germany, he placed 13th in javelin qualifying, equalling the mark of finalist Gabriel Wallin, but missing out due to having a shorter second throw. [8]

Sankt Wendel Place in Saarland, Germany

Sankt Wendel[zaŋkt ˈvɛndl̩] is a town in northeastern Saarland. It is situated on the river Blies 36 km northeast of Saarbrücken, the capital of Saarland, and is named after Saint Wendelin of Trier. According to a survey by the German Association for Housing, Town Planning and Land Use Regulation, St. Wendel is known to be one of the wealthiest regions in Germany, behind Starnberg.

2012 German Athletics Championships

The 2012 German Athletics Championships were held at the Lohrheidestadion in Bochum-Wattenscheid on 16–17 June 2012.

Tino Häber is a German javelin thrower. He was born in Gera in Thuringia. He competed in javelin throw at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, where he qualified for the final, and finished in 8th.

The 2013 season saw him achieve his first international medals and he consistently threw beyond eighty metres in competition. [5] At the 2013 European Cup Winter Throwing in March, he was the runner-up behind Latvia's Zigismunds Sirmais. At the end of May, he threw 83.95 m (275 ft 5 in) at a meeting in Dessau – a performance that placed him 16th in the world that season. [9] On his debut on the 2013 IAAF Diamond League circuit, he placed top three at the Bislett Games. He was the silver medallist at the 2013 European Team Championships and retained his national title at the 2013 German Athletics Championships. In a high-quality competition at the 2013 European Athletics U23 Championships, he came third behind Sirmais and German teammate Bernhard Seifert. [5] Röhler was chosen to compete for Germany at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics and on his global senior debut he did not perform well, having his worst competition of the year and failing to better 75 metres. [4] He ended the year with a seventh-place finish at the Memorial Van Damme Diamond League meet. [5]

2013 European Cup Winter Throwing

The 2013 European Cup Winter Throwing was held on 16 and 17 March at the Pista de Atletismo Universitat Jaume I and Complejo Deportivo Gaetà Huguet in Castellón, Spain. It was the thirteenth edition of the athletics competition in throwing events and was jointly organised by the European Athletic Association and the Real Federación Española de Atletismo. The competition featured men's and women's contests in shot put, discus throw, javelin throw and hammer throw. In addition to the senior competitions, there were also under-23 events for younger athletes. A total of 249 athletes from 38 nations entered the competition. It was the second time that Spain hosted the event, following on from the 2009 edition held in Tenerife.

Zigismunds Sirmais is a Latvian javelin thrower. Sirmais achieved his best result of 86.66 while winning the 2016 European Athletics Championships. He previously threw the world junior record of 84.69 m on June 22, 2011 in Bauska, Latvia. He is competing for the club Arkādija under coach Valentīna Eiduka.

Dessau Stadtteil of Dessau-Roßlau in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

Dessau is a town and former municipality in Germany on the junction of the rivers Mulde and Elbe, in the Bundesland of Saxony-Anhalt. Since 1 July 2007, it has been part of the newly created municipality of Dessau-Roßlau. Population of Dessau proper: 77,973.

He and Latvian rival Sirmais repeated their placings at the 2014 European Cup Winter Throwing, the German again finishing second. [10] He made regular appearances on the 2014 IAAF Diamond League circuit: he was fifth at the Prefontaine Classic and Bislett Games, then threw a best of 84.74 m (278 ft 0 in) for third at the Meeting Areva in Paris. He improved this further at the Glasgow Grand Prix, throwing the javelin 86.99 m (285 ft 4 34 in) to take a surprise victory over reigning world champion Vitezslav Vesely. [11]

2014 European Cup Winter Throwing

The 2014 European Cup Winter Throwing was held on 16 and 17 March at the Centro Nacional de Lançamentos and Estádio Municipal in Leiria, Portugal. It was the fourteenth edition of the athletics competition for throwing events and was jointly organised by the European Athletic Association and the Federação Portuguesa de Atletismo. The competition featured men's and women's contests in shot put, discus throw, javelin throw and hammer throw. In addition to the senior competitions, there were also under-23 events for younger athletes.

The 2014 IAAF Diamond League was the fifth edition of the annual Diamond League. It consisted of fourteen one-day track and field meetings, starting on May 9, 2014 in Doha, Qatar and ending on September 5, 2014 in Brussels, Belgium. Other events were held in Shanghai, Eugene, Oslo, Rome, New York City, Lausanne, Paris, Fontvieille, Stockholm, Birmingham and Zürich. Glasgow, Great Britain hosted the event for the first time on July 11 & 12, 2014 at Hampden Park.

Prefontaine Classic athletics tournament held in Oregon, United States

The Prefontaine Classic, an Oregon Track Club event, is one of the premier track and field meets in the United States, held in Eugene, Oregon. Every year it draws a world caliber field to compete at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Previously one of the IAAF Grand Prix events, it is now part of the IAAF Diamond League.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, he won the gold medal with a throw of 90.30 m, narrowly missing the Olympic record of 90.57 m set by Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. At the 2017 IAAF World Championships, he finished fourth with a throw of 88.26 m, six centimetres behind third place.

2016 Summer Olympics Games of the XXXI Olympiad, held in Rio de Janeiro in 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXI Olympiad and commonly known as Rio 2016, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 5 to 21 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with preliminary events in some sports beginning on 3 August. These were the first Olympic Games ever to be held in South America and the fourth to be held in a developing country, after the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico, the 1980 Summer Olympics in the Soviet Union and the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.

Rio de Janeiro Capital of state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro, or simply Rio, is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area and the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. Rio de Janeiro is the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's third-most populous state. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site, named "Rio de Janeiro: Carioca Landscapes between the Mountain and the Sea", by UNESCO on 1 July 2012 as a Cultural Landscape.

Olympic records are the best performances in a specific event in that event's history in either the Summer Olympic Games or the Winter Olympic Games, including:

In July 2018, he won silver at the 2018 German Athletics Championships, with a throw of 88.09 m. [12] In August, he won gold at the 2018 European Athletics Championships with a throw of 89.47 m. [13] He won another gold medal in September, at the 2018 IAAF Continental Cup, with an 87.07 m throw. [14]

At the 2019 World Athletics Championships, Röhler, with a best throw at 79.23 m, did not progress from the qualifying round. [15]

Competition record

Representing Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland13th (q)Javelin throw 78.89 m
2013 European Throwing Cup Castellón, Spain2ndJavelin throw81.87 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia29th (q)Javelin throw 74.45 m
2014 European Throwing Cup Leiria, Portugal.2ndJavelin throw81.17 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland12thJavelin throw 70.31 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China4thJavelin throw 87.41 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands5thJavelin throw 80.78 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil1stJavelin throw 90.30 m
2017 World Championships London, England4thJavelin throw 88.26 m
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany1stJavelin throw 89.47 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar23rd (q)Javelin throw 79.23 m

Seasonal bests by year

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