Olympics Rio 2016: Germany's Thomas Rohler takes gold in men's javelin

Germany's Rohler takes gold in men's javelin
By Reuters

21/08/2016 at 02:29Updated 21/08/2016 at 04:10

Germany's Thomas Rohler took Olympic gold in the men's javelin with a best throw of 90.30 metres.

Kenya's world champion Julius Yego threw 88.24 metres on his first attempt, a season best and good enough to hold the lead until the penultimate round when Rohler unleashed his massive throw.

A limping Yego then retired from the competition having faulted on two of his previous throws.

London 2012 champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago threw 85.38 metres on his second attempt. He needed a personal best on his last throw to bump Rohler from the gold medal position but produced a no throw and finished with bronze.

Rohler has struggled with a back injury this season but showed promising form ahead of the Olympics, having thrown a world leading mark of 91.28 metres in June.