Rocco van Rooyen


85.39m – 12th on the 2015 World Rankings

Rocco van Rooyen stunned the world earlier this year when he threw a personal best of 85.39m in the Javelin throw event. The 23 year old is a very action-orientated competitor whose actions speak louder than just uttering words. The Western Cape Javelin thrower has been involved in the athletics circles since his high school days and after years of athletic development; he is climbing the ranks in the world of Javelin throwing!

Van Rooyen’s personal best of 85.39m indicates that he has been nurtured very well after his 77.38m (700g) throw as a junior athlete. After finishing school, the star athlete didn’t have a good run towards achieving greatness; however, this setback was a good preparation for the current form he’s showing! Remember, he is only 23 years old and he is without a doubt a guy who has to be respected in the Javelin Throw event.

Imagine this: With the Javelin in his hand, one can feel the peace overcoming Rocco. He then does his very powerful and explosive run-up after which he launches the Javelin across the field to a new personal best and roaring from crowds across the world! If the youngster betters his personal best at this year’s World Athletics Championships in Beijing, he will unquestionably secure a podium spot. We know Van Rooyen is capable of launching the javelin across the field like Usain Bolt runs his 100m…so, here’s to Rocco and his medal prospective at this year’s World Championships! It will take a 88.75 plus throw for Rocco to get to Marius Corbett’s SA record, and this is also what Rocco will have to throw to compete with fellow African Julius Yego.


Written by Reggie Hufkie