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Jakub Vadlejch

Jakub Vadlejch
Vadlejch in 2010
Personal information
Born (1990-10-10) 10 October 1990 (age 33)
Prague, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic)
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight93 kg (205 lb)
Country Czech Republic
SportTrack and field
EventJavelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best90.88 m (2022)
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Czech Republic
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2020 Tokyo Javelin throw
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2017 London Javelin throw
Bronze medal – third place 2022 Eugene Javelin throw
Bronze medal – third place 2023 Budapest Javelin throw
Diamond League
First place 2016 Javelin Throw
First place 2017 Javelin Throw
First place 2023 Javelin Throw
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 2022 Munich Javelin throw

Jakub Vadlejch (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjakub ˈvadlɛjx]; born 10 October 1990) is a Czech track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw.[1] He is a three-time Olympian for the Czech Republic, having competed in 2012, 2016 and 2020, winning a silver medal in 2020. He also has represented his country six times at the World Championships in Athletics (2011, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2022 and 2023), winning the bronze medal in 2022 and 2023 and silver medal in 2017, and four times a competitor at the European Athletics Championships (2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018). He also won the 2016 IAAF Diamond League title.


Born in Prague, Vadlejch took part in international javelin competitions from a young age, reaching the finals at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics, 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics and the 2009 European Athletics Junior Championships. His senior debut followed at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, where he threw in qualifying only. He competed in the javelin throw at the 2012 Summer Olympics and placed 25th with a mark of 77.61 metres.[2] He was eliminated in the qualifying round at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, 2014 European Athletics Championships, and 2015 World Championships in Athletics.

Vadlejch had his breakthrough season in 2016. He reached the final at the 2016 Summer Olympics, taking eighth place, and took victory on the 2016 IAAF Diamond League circuit, with three wins and a personal best of 88.02 m (288 ft 9+14 in) in the process. At the 2017 World Championships he set his new personal best, 89.73 m (294 ft 4+12 in), winning the silver medal.

2020 Tokyo Olympic

He won the silver medal in the Men's Javelin throw event. He finished at the second spot behind India's Neeraj Chopra.[3][4]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Czech Republic
2007 World Youth Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 12th 65.63 m[5]
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 10th 68.79 m
2009 European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 8th 69.63 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 16th (q) 76.04 m
2011 European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic NM
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 16th (q) 80.08 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 25th (q) 77.61 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 20th (q) 75.14 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 20th (q) 78.95 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 9th 78.12 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th 82.42 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 2nd 89.73 m
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 80.64 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 5th 82.19 m
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 2nd 86.67 m
2022 World Championships Eugene, Oregon 3rd 88.09 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 2nd 87.28 m
2023 World Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 86.67 m

Circuit wins

Diamond League

Seasonal bests

  • 2008 – 76.57 m
  • 2009 – 81.95 m
  • 2010 – 84.47 m
  • 2011 – 84.08 m
  • 2012 – 80.40 m
  • 2013 – 75.85 m
  • 2014 – 82.97 m
  • 2015 – 86.21 m
  • 2016 – 88.02 m
  • 2017 – 89.73 m
  • 2018 – 89.02 m
  • 2019 – 85.78 m
  • 2020 – 84.31 m
  • 2021 – 86.67 m
  • 2022 - 90.88 m
  • 2023 – 89.51 m


  1. ^ "Jakub Vadlejch". London 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  2. ^ "Men's Javelin Throw Qualification Standings". London 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  3. ^ Tokyo Olympics - Neeraj Chopra Makes History, Wins 1st Gold in Athletics and 2nd Individual Overall: Highlights News18
  4. ^ "Chopra goes farthest for men's javelin gold as Vadlejch takes silver and Veselý goes bronze". Archived from the original on 7 August 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  5. ^ 700 g javelin
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