Peter Blank

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Peter Blank (born 10 April 1962 in Frankfurt am Main) is a German javelin thrower. In his earlier career he was a decathlete, where he set the world record for longest javelin throw in a decathlon.

His personal best throw is 88.70 metres, achieved in June 2001 in Stuttgart at age 39. This ranks him third among German javelin (new implement) throwers, only behind Raymond Hecht and Boris Henry. [1] His personal record was the last of several progressions of the Masters M35 world record over the previous 4 years. His final record was to last less than a week because current world record holder Jan Železný had turned 35 three weeks earlier. In his first competition after turning 35, Železný took the M35 world record improving three times that day en route to setting the current M35 standard while winning the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. Two years later, Blank set the M40 world record which again lasted three years until it was surpassed by Železný. In 2007, Blank set the M45 world record, surpassing the record by Larry Stewart that had stood for 21 years. That record continues to stand, not surpassed by Železný when he turned 45, or anybody else.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Germany
1990 European Championships Split, FR Yugoslavia 25th 73.30 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 11th 72.62 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 29th 74.10 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 20th 74.88 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, Georgia, USA 9th 81.82 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 7th 83.66 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 13th 80.89 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 17th 80.96 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 8th 80.34 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 6th

Seasonal bests by year[edit]

  • 1987 - 77.94
  • 1988 - 80.84
  • 1989 - 79.60
  • 1991 - 82.62
  • 1992 - 81.12
  • 1993 - 80.76
  • 1994 - 82.56
  • 1995 - 83.18
  • 1996 - 88.12
  • 1997 - 86.84
  • 1998 - 86.99
  • 1999 - 87.11
  • 2000 - 85.45
  • 2001 - 88.70
  • 2002 - 82.24
  • 2003 - 84.08
  • 2004 - 82.65
  • 2005 - 76.00
  • 2007 - 77.15

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