News : A 10-year-old boy takes a national record from a world champion


News :

A 10-year-old boy takes a national record from a world champion


Kinnunen, world champion in Tokyo'91

The great protagonist at the athletic level in Finland of the weekend has not been an absolute athlete, not even of category sub'18 or sub'16, but a boy of 10 years. You have read it well. Young Jere Murto, who turns 11 in a few days, performed an impressive javelin throw in a local competition that ‘broke’ a national brand that was, eye to data, 42 years old.

Kinnunen, a javelin prodigy

The Finnish record for that age was held until now by a Scandinavian launching legend, Kimmo Kinnunen, World Champion in Tokyo'91, where he achieved his career best personal record with 90.82. Kinnunen reached the age of 10 and with a javelin of 400 grams reach a score of 49.84 in the town of Vippula in 1978, while Murto reached 50.99.

Obviously it is only an indication (impressive, yes) that the young Finnish boy is on a very good path and points ways for the future, but he has a long way to go and many stages to overcome to reach the level of one of the myths of national athletics. Kinnunen was fourth at the Barcelona’92 Olympics with a record of 82.62. We will closely follow this talented young Finn.

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