Vadlejch is looking forward to rest and time with his family, looking forward to Paris

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Vadlejch is looking forward to rest and time with family, looking out for Paris

Czech javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch after victory at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich, August 31, 2023.

Eugene (USA) – Javelin thrower Jakub Vadlejch after his triumph in the final Diamond leagues, with which he concluded an extremely successful season, he is looking forward to rest and time with his family. At the same time, he is already thinking about the Olympic Games in Paris, where he can fight for another big medal next summer.

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The protégé of Jan Železný at the age of 32 completed an exceptionally successful season. He is at the head of the world tables, he has not finished worse than third in any race. “Out of five diamond events, I won three, which is the best statistic for me ever. Even the fact that I was the worst third is the best statistic for me. Last year I was also sixth. You can see that there is further progress, that I can race all the boys and I can beat them,” he boasted.

In Zurich and today in Eugene, he proved that he can beat the world champion and Olympic champion Niraj Chopra from India, who is currently his biggest rival. “I try not to think about it, but beating him shows that everyone is beatable,” he noted. Experience and diligence help him to balance his performances. “It's about not being lazy, about humility. You have to go into training and races with maximum humility and take it as a gradual journey. Keep working on yourself,” he said.

In the coming weeks, however, he is going to to be a little lazy. “I'll reward myself with rest. I'm really looking forward to not training continuously for two months. I won't last, of course, but I can tell myself that. The most important thing for me is that now I'll be able to spend more and more time with my family, with little Emča, who is growing before my eyes. She takes huge steps that I can only see through the camera. I'm sorry, but that's the way it is, you can't be in two places at once,” he planned.

Next year he wants to graduate from both top events, the June European Championship in Rome and above all the Olympic Games in Paris. He is thinking about limiting the number of starts. This year, including the qualification for the World Championship, he threw away thirteen competitions. “I've competed quite a lot. I started in April, I finish in mid-September. Next year, I see it maybe only at the Diamond League, maybe the Zlata Tretra in the Czech Republic, and the big events,” he added.