Peter Blank

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Peter Blank
Personal information
Born 10 April 1962 (1962-04-10) (age 56)
Frankfurt am Main, West Germany
Sport
Country  West Germany (–1990)
 Germany (1991–2003)
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 88.70 m (2001)

Peter Blank (born 10 April 1962) is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. Early on in his career, he was a decathlete. In 1992, he set the world record for longest javelin throw in a decathlon with a distance of 79.80 m.

His personal best throw is 88.70 m, achieved in June 2001 in Stuttgart at age 39. This throw was briefly a Masters M35 world record; it lasted less than a week because Jan Železný had turned 35 three weeks earlier and in his first competition after turning 35, Železný threw the javelin 89.94 m. Železný then further improved the record to 92.80 m at the 2001 World Championships, putting it beyond Blank's reach. Two years later, Blank set the M40 world record with a 84.08 m throw, but was again bested once Železný turned 40 and improved the record to 85.92 m. In 2007, Blank set the M45 world record, surpassing the record by Larry Stuart that had stood for 21 years. As of 2017, this record continues to stand, unsurpassed by Železný when he turned 45, or any other javelin thrower.

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  West Germany
1990 European Championships Split, FR Yugoslavia 25th 73.30 m
Representing  Germany
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, United States 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 77.39 m

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

References[edit]