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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Makarov Wins Gold Medal for Russia in Javelin

PARIS -- Sergey Makarov's opening throw in the men's javelin final was enough to earn him his first major title at the world championships Sunday.

The Russian Olympic bronze medallist won the competition with 85.44 meters ahead of Estonian record holder Andrus Varnik (85.17) and Germany's Boris Henry (84.74).

Three-time world and Olympic champion Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic was fourth with a best distance of 84.09.

"This is my first major title, and I can't believe it," said the 30-year-old Makarov, who has the world's leading throw (90.11) this year.

Varnik's silver was only Estonia's second ever in the championships.

"This maybe a surprise to others in Estonia, but it was not a surprise for me," said the 25-year-old Estonian, who failed to qualify for the final of the 2000 Olympics or last year's European championships.

Germany's Henry said he found it hard to concentrate on the final after it was announced on Saturday that his girlfriend, U.S. sprinter Kelli White, had tested positive for a stimulant.

"I found it quite hard to focus on my competition today because of what has happened to Kelli," he said.

"Right now I just want to go and see her."