Rain plays havoc with men's javelin

Persistent, often heavy, rain played havoc with the Olympic men's javelin qualifying on Thursday morning.
A downpour delayed the start by an hour, and there was still a steady rain when the competition finally began. Throwing was stopped again briefly when Russian Sergei Makarov slipped and fell on the runway. Canada's Scott Russell, who led the qualifying group at 80.42 meters, also slipped and hit the ground.
Officials used towels to mop up puddles of water on the runway between throws.
The wet weather also delayed the women's high jump qualifying for an hour and the decathlon long jump for 30 minutes.
Despite the weather, the Bird's Nest stadium was at close to capacity.

Updated : 2021-02-27 15:41 GMT+08:00