German Vetter wins javelin, Rohler misses out on medals

German Vetter wins javelin, Rohler misses out on medals
By Reuters

12/08/2017 at 21:44Updated 12/08/2017 at 21:46

By Brian Homewood

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Germany's Johannes Vetter won the javelin at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday as his great rival and Olympic champion Thomas Rohler missed out on the podium.

Vetter's opening throw of 89.89 metres was enough to win the gold and the 24-year-old was overcome with emotion after clinching the title, mopping his tears on a German flag.

Czech Republic pair Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych threw personal bests of 89.73 and 88.32 respectively to take silver and bronze.

Rohler, who like Vetter has thrown over 90 metres this season, was beaten into fourth with 88.26. (Editing by Ed Osmond)

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