Tero Pitkämäki failed to save Finland’s blushes at the World Championships in athletics on Saturday night, finishing fifth behind two Czechs and two Germans. Johannes Vetter took control of the competition from the start, throwing 89.89 metres with his very first throw.
Czech thrower Jakub Vadlejch and Petr Frydrych upset hopes of a German 1-2-3 by throwing personal bests in the final, leaving Pitkämäki in fifth place. That means Finland finishes the World Championships without a medal for the first time since 2013.
Javelin is traditionally Finland’s strong suit, but this year Antti Ruuskanen sat out the championships through injury and Pitkämäki himself struggled with problems all season.
Pitkämäki has been throwing javelin for Finland in competitions for 13 years, winning the gold in the World Championships in Osaka in 2007 and a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Sunday marks the final day of the world track and field competitions in London. Today's 50-kilometre walk competition had three Finnish men participating: Aleksi Ojala put in his season best for 14th place, as did Jarkko Kinnunen who came in 23rd. Aku Partanen was disqualified past the half-way mark.