Julius Yego at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Birmingham (© Jean-Pierre Durand)
Kenya’s world champion Julius Yego and his Czech predecessor Vitezslav Vesely will be part of an outstanding javelin competition at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Stockholm on 16 June, organisers of the Bauhaus-Galan announced on Thursday (26).
Yego and his sometime training partner, Egypt's world silver medallist Ihab Abdelrahman – they have both been coached by Petteri Piironen at the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre in Finland – will be joined in the Swedish capital by Germany’s Thomas Rohler, who was fourth in Beijing.
Rohler is in good form at the moment and won at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Shanghai two weeks ago before throwing a world-leading 87.37m in Ostrava last Friday.
Cew Czech star Jakub Vadlejch will also be in Stockholm. Both he and Vesely are coached by world record-holder Jan Zelezny.
Japan's World Championships finalist Ryohei Arai and top local thrower Kim Amb are also in the field.
The stadium record stands at 89.78m, set 10 years ago by Norway’s recently retired two-time Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen, but there are hopes that the 1912 Olympic stadium could see its first 90-metre throw in a few weeks’ time.
Organisers for the IAAF
2016 IAAF Diamond League calendar
6 May – Doha, QAT
14 May – Shanghai, CHN
22 May – Rabat, MAR
28 May – Eugene, USA
2 Jun – Rome, ITA
5 Jun – Birmingham, GBR
9 Jun – Oslo, NOR
16 Jun – Stockholm, SWE
15 Jul – Monaco, MON
22-23 Jul – London, GBR
25 Aug – Lausanne, SUI
27 Aug – Paris, FRA
1 Sep – Zurich, SUI
9 Sep – Brussels, BEL