Kinnunen felt 'jubilated' by his victory

August 27, 1991

TOKYO — Finland's Kimmo Kinnunen opened yesterday's javelin final with the winning throw, and world record-holding teammate Seppo Raty closed it with a heave for the silver.

"I felt jubilated that I threw so well," said Kinnunen, whose first throw of 297 feet, 11 inches set a World Championships record and was enough to upset Raty, who was favored to win, by more than six feet.

Raty threw 289-1 on his final heave.

"I wanted to throw my best from the start, but I just couldn't put it together with the javelin tonight," said Raty, the defending world champion.

Raty's world record is 318-1, but that mark will be stricken from the books come next month because track's governing body has decided to ban the kind of javelin Raty used.

Finishing third was Vladimir Sasimovich of the Soviet Union, who threw 285-8.

Steve Backley of Britain and Czechoslovakian Jan Zelezny -- both considered strong contenders for the gold -- failed to make the final.

* Renaldo Nehemiah, the former world record-holder in the men's 110-meter high hurdles, withdrew yesterday from the World Track and Field Championships with a back injury.

A press officer for the U.S. squad quoted team physician Dr. Bob Adams as saying that Nehemiah, a former University of Maryland star, had sprained his lower right back during a workout over the weekend.

Nehemiah's absence left the U.S. team with two hurdlers -- two-time defending champion Greg Foster and Jack Pierce.

Nehemiah set the world record of 12.93 seconds in 1981. It held up until 1989, when two-time Olympic gold medalist Roger Kingdom ran 12.92.

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