Zelezny in Barcelona

06.12.2009 World

Legendary javelin thrower Jan Zelezny went to see the stadium where he won his first olympic gold medal in 1992.

He returned to Barcelona for the first time since 1992.  “I love this country and I really like Barcelona. It feels very good to be back. I remember that my first Olympic gold medal, achieved in this stadium, changed my life completely. It was the only competition when I was entirely sure that I was going to win the final”, explained Zelezny, who, being member of the International Olympic Committee, was wearing a blazer showing the Olympic rings. Next summer, Zelezny will return to Barcelona for the European Athletics Championships as coach of four Czech javelin throwers Jarmila Klimesova and talented Petr Frydrych, tenth in Berlin at World Championships. Besides coaching the athletes, the world record holder is director of the athletics meeting Golden Spike in Ostrava. “Last summer we had again Usain Bolt. The stadium was packed, all tickets were sold out and over 4000 people were waiting outside not being able to get in”, summarises Zelezny proud. Barcelona 2010 organisers are saying in a release.

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