ZELEZNY Jan (1966) Czech Republic / Track and field
The Czech javelin thrower learned on the morning of the competition at the Barcelona games in '92 that the world record that he had set several weeks earlier in Oslo had not been ratified because the judges deemed that his javelin had not vibrated enough.Motivated by this setback, that afternoon he won the gold medal with a throw of almost 90 m. It was not a world record but what mattered was that it brought a gold medal. In spite of this victory, he was obliged to retire for a while from athletics. However, thanks to his unshakeable will, once back to full health, he won another gold medal four years later in Atlanta, throwing his javelin close to 90 m which is still far from his fabulous world record of 98,48 m set a few weeks earlier. But destiny had it that Jan Zelezny's love affair with the games had not finished. Again present in Sydney, he won his third consecutive gold medal and definitively became a legend, a truly exceptional athlete.