Great Olympic moments: Sydney 2000 Men's Javelin Final

Steve Backley (left) of Great Britain and Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic in the Men's Javelin Throw at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
Steve Backley (left) of Great Britain and Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic in the Men's Javelin Throw at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

With Tokyo 2020 now just one year away, it’s time to relive some of the greatest Olympic moments in history. Today, 8 August 2020, the Sydney 2000 men's javelin final.

The schedule for Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, venues announced and while athletes around the world are busy gearing up to qualify for the greatest show on Earth, it's time to enjoy 16 days full of the most unforgettable, inspiring and exciting memories from the past as preparations for Tokyo 2020 gather pace!

Sydney 2000 Men's Javelin Final

Chasing his third consecutive gold medal in men's javelin and attempting to beat his 1992 Olympic record, Jan Zelezny came into Sydney 2000 as one of the red-hot favourites. However, he faced stiff competition from Great Britain's three-time European Champion Steve Backley. The Czech athlete opened the final with a 89.41m throw but in the second round Backley broke the Olympic Record with a 89.85m throw. Could Zelezny break the new Olympic Record and clinch gold?

Men's Javelin Final | Sydney 2000 | Great Olympic Moments
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Relive the greatest Olympic Moments and watch Jan Zelezny from the Czech Republic winning gold in the men's javelin final during the Sydney Summer Olympic Games in 2000. Steve Backley from Great Britain wins silver and Sergey Makarov from Russia claims bronze

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