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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

Spearing A New Game

A look at the day that was and at what lies ahead at the Summer Games

August 04, 1996|Reuters

Czech Jan Zelezny, the first man to successfully defend a men's Olympic javelin title in more than 70 years, will have a tryout with the Atlanta Braves next Wednesday.

"I am looking forward to it," he said. "I like trying something new. Am I serious? Why not? I would like to know what I can do."

Britain's Steve Backley, who won the silver, is backing him. Javelin throwing without Zelezny would make life easier for the Briton.

"I hope he makes it," Backley said.

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