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News17 Aug 2017

World champion Vetter faces Olympic champion Röhler in Berlin


Johannes Vetter in the javelin at the ISTAF Meeting in Berlin (© ISTAF)

World champion Johannes Vetter will take on Olympic champion Thomas Röhler in a big javelin showdown at the ISTAF Meeting, part of the IAAF World Challenge, on 27 August.

This year the German javelin aces have produced a string of exciting contests. Röhler broke the national record with 93.90m in Doha in early May. But Vetter responded by beating Röhler at the German Championships in Erfurt before improving the national record to 94.44m in Lucerne.

At the IAAF World Championships London 2017, Vetter had the upper hand with his impressive victory while Röhler only missed the bronze medal by seven centimetres.

The German pair will certainly not have everything their own way as Olympic silver medallist and 2015 world champion Julius Yego is also in the field.

Two-time world 200m champion Dafne Schippers, fresh from her triumph in London, will form part of a Dutch sprint relay quartet in Berlin, while the women’s long jump includes world silver medallist Darya Klishina and European champion Ivana Spanovic.

Organisers for the IAAF