RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Germany's Thomas Rohler took Olympic gold in the men's javelin on Saturday with a best throw of 90.30 meters.
Kenya's world champion Julius Yego threw 88.24 meters on his first attempt, a season best and good enough to hold the lead until the penultimate round when Rohler unleashed his massive throw.
A limping Yego then retired from the competition having faulted on two of his previous throws.
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London 2012 champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago threw 85.38 meters on his second attempt. He needed a personal best on his last throw to bump Rohler from the gold medal position but produced a no throw and finished with bronze.
Rohler has struggled with a back injury this season but showed promising form ahead of the Olympics, having thrown a world leading mark of 91.28 meters in June.
(Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)