German javelin thrower Johannes Vetter pulled no punches in his criticism of the Gateshead International Stadium track and competition organisers where a Diamond League meet took place on Tuesday.

The Olympic favourite who threw a season’s best of 96.29m in May – the third longest throw ever – won the competition at Gateshead but only managed a 85.25m throw. Vetter was left “disappointed” after having to endure a “super slippery track” and poor organisation.

“What a shit competition… I am not someone that is usually looking for excuses, but I am truly disappointed in today’s conditions and organization,” Vetter wrote on Instagram.


“It started with a super slippery track, apparently the organizer doesn’t care about the increased risk of injury, followed by a ridiculous waiting period before our last attempt just to please the TV broadcast.”

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