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Johannes Vetter
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Johannes Vetter at the 2016 Bislett Games
Personal information
Nationality German
Born 26 March 1993 (1993-03-26) (age 28)
Dresden, Germany
Residence Offenburg, Germany
Height 1.88 m
Weight 103 kg
Country Germany
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Club LG Offenburg
Coached by Boris Obergföll
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) NR 97.76 m (2020)

Johannes Vetter ( born 26 March 1993) is a German athlete who competes in the javelin throw. He won gold at the 2017 World Championships in Athletics. His personal best of 97.76 m is the German record, and ranks him second on the overall list. Vetter currently trains under Boris Obergföll and is a member of LG Offenburg's track and field squad. He was previously with SV Saar 05 Saarbrücken and Dresdner SC.

Personal life

Vetter was born and raised in Dresden. His grandfather was born in Königshütte (now Chorzów) in 1941. Upon receiving his Abitur, Vetter joined the Landespolizei Sachsen [de] ("Saxony State Police") and has been a Sportsoldat [de] ("Sport Soldier") since September 2014. He has a tattoo of an Ancient Greek javelin thrower on his back.



In 2011, Vetter competed in the European Junior Championships. He made it through the qualifying round with a personal best 71.60 m throw. He then finished 12th in the final with a throw of 65.87 m. Zigismunds Sirmais won the event with a throw of 81.53 m.

In July 2015, Vetter took part in the European U23 Championships. He finished fourth, throwing the javelin 79.78 m. Kacper Oleszczuk won gold with a throw of 82.29 m. In August 2015, he competed in the IAAF World Championships. He finished seventh with a throw of 83.79 m. Julius Yego won the competition with a throw of 92.72 m.

Vetter competed for Germany at the 2016 Summer Olympics, along with Julian Weber and eventual gold medalist Thomas Röhler. Leading up to his maiden Olympics, Vetter unleashed the javelin with a personal best of 88.23 m to top the field and attain the Olympic entry standard (83.00 m) by a five-centimetre margin at the Kuortane Games in Finland. Coming to the final with the second best throw at 85.96 m from the qualifying stage, Vetter opened the competition with an 85.32 m throw on his first attempt to seize an early lead, but Röhler, along with 2015 World Champion Julius Yego of Kenya and defending Olympic Champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago overtook him for the medal positions. Unable to improve his mark in the remaining attempts, Vetter finished in fourth place, outside the podium by just six centimetres. Less than a month after his disappointment at the Olympics, Vetter finished first in a world-class field at the 2016 ISTAF Berlin, throwing a personal best of 89.57 m.


In July 2017, he won the German Championship with a throw of 89.35 m. This was his first victory in the German Championship (he finished fifth in 2014, second in 2015 and fourth in 2016). Two days later, he recorded throws of 90.75 m, 91.06 m, 93.06 m and a personal best 94.44 m at the 2017 Spitzen Leichtathletik Luzern. The 94.44 m throw was also a German record, besting Röhler's 93.90 m throw from May 2017. In August 2017, he won gold at the World Championships in London with a throw of 89.89 m. Vetter finished his season at the 2017 ISTAF Berlin, where he won gold with an 89.85 m throw, nearly four metres ahead of second place Röhler. On 14 October 2017, he won the 2017 European Athlete of the Year Trophy.

In March 2018, he won gold at the European Throwing Cup, throwing 92.70 m, twelve metres ahead of second place. In July, he won bronze at the 2018 German Athletics Championships, with a throw of 87.83 m. In August, he competed in the 2018 European Athletics Championships. He won the qualifying round with an 87.39 m effort, then placed fifth in the final with a throw of 83.27 m. Röhler won gold with 89.47 m.

Vetter represented Team Europe at The Match Europe v USA in September 2019. He won gold with a throw of 90.03 m, his best performance since May 2018. At the 2019 World Athletics Championships, Vetter had the best throw in the qualifying round, with 89.35 m. He then won bronze in the final, throwing 85.37 m. On 6 September 2020, Vetter finished first at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial. He set a new personal best of 97.76 m, only 72 centimetres shy of Jan Železný's world record. Vetter also threw 94.84 m during the competition, along with 89.95 m and 87.28 m. He said in an interview afterwards about the 97-metre throw: "It was really close to perfection. In an open field with a good backwind, I think that throw would have been 100 metres, but I'm really happy."

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Germany
2011 European Junior Championships Tallinn, Estonia 12th Javelin throw 65.87 m
2015 European U23 Championships Tallinn, Estonia 4th Javelin throw 79.78 m
World Championships Beijing, China 7th Javelin throw 83.79 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 16th (q) Javelin throw 79.98 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th Javelin throw 85.32 m
2017 World Championships London, England 1st Javelin throw 89.89 m
2018 European Throwing Cup Leiria, Portugal 1st Javelin throw 92.70 m CR
European Championships Berlin, Germany 5th Javelin throw 83.27 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd Javelin throw 85.37 m

Seasonal bests by year

Year Performance Place Date
2010 51.77 metres Nabeul, Tunisia 10 April
2011 71.60 metres Tallinn, Estonia 21 July
2012 61.39 metres Dresden, Germany 10 June
2013 83.73 metres Schutterwald, Germany 5 August
2014 79.75 metres Haldensleben, Germany 21 June
2015 85.40 metres Jena, Germany 31 May
2016 89.57 metres Berlin, Germany 3 September
2017 94.44 metres Luzern, Switzerland 11 July
2018 92.70 metres Leiria, Portugal 11 March
2019 90.03 metres Minsk, Belarus 10 September
2020 97.76 metres Chorzow, Poland 6 September
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