Andrus Värnik

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Andrus Värnik
Andrus Varnik.jpg
Medal record
Representing  Estonia
Men's athletics
World Championships
Gold 2005 Helsinki Javelin
Silver 2003 Paris Javelin

Andrus Värnik (born September 27, 1977 in Antsla) is an Estonian javelin thrower. His personal best set in 2003, 87.83 metres, is also the Estonian record.

Värnik won his first international medal, a silver medal, in the 2003 World Championships in Athletics, throwing 85.17 m. The next year he finished 6th in the javelin contest at the Olympic Games with the result 83.25 m.

With 87.17 m he won a surprise gold medal at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics ahead of Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen, defending World Champion Sergey Makarov and home favorite Tero Pitkämäki.

In 2007, Värnik participated as a celebrity contestant on the second season of Tantsud tähtedega, an Estonian version of Strictly Come Dancing. His professional dancing parner was Kaisa Oja.

On 16 January 2010 Värnik was caught drunk driving in Tallinn. He was banned from driving for 4 months and fined 12,000 kroons.[1]

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 15th 81.34 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 21st 75.66 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 2nd 85.17 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens Olympic Stadium, Greece 6th 83.25 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Finland 1st 87.17 m

Seasonal bests by year[edit]

  • 2000 - 82.16
  • 2001 - 80.83
  • 2002 - 85.47
  • 2003 - 87.83
  • 2004 - 87.58
  • 2005 - 87.19
  • 2006 - 84.85
  • 2007 - 75.96
  • 2008 - 81.11
  • 2009 - 82.00
  • 2010 - 74.50
  • 2011 - 76.20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andrus Värnik purupurjus autoroolis" (in Estonian). Elu24.ee. Retrieved 11 May 2010. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Andrus Veerpalu
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Jüri Jaanson
Preceded by
Jüri Jaanson
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
2005
Succeeded by
Andrus Veerpalu