18/01/2014

Johan Jakobsson – the king of speed

NEWS REPORT: Swedish back player tops the ranking of the fastest shots in the preliminary round

With the score set at 6:3 for Sweden against Montenegro (final result 28:21) in preliminary round Group D, a record setting moment at EHF EURO 2014 occured - when Johan Jakobsson found the net past Montenegrin goalkeeper Rade Mijatovic, who could hear the wind whistling in his ears.

Jakobson fired the shot by a speed of 113 kilometres per hour – the hardest and fastest shot of the preliminary round of the EHF EURO 2014 in Denmark.

36 shots by now had a speed of 105 km/h or more (see the list below), and the player who is listed most often among those 36 shots is Danish former World Handball Player of the Year Mikkel Hansen with five nominations from 105 to 109 kilometres.

Even though Hansen did not manage by now to “cross the 110 km/h border”, which besides Jakobson only five players managed: the two Russians Sergej Shelmenko and Pavel Atman with 112 km/h, Hungarian Kornel Nagy and Austrian Max Herrmann, who reached the speed of 111 km/h each, and Polish Przemyzlaw Krajewski by 110 km/h, but the uncrowned king is Jakobsson.

”First of all, it is not only about shooting hard, but also about getting the right amount of speed in your legs and of course about the right shooting technique.

“Another important fact is, you need to score the goal otherwise the speed indicator can’t measure your speed.

“The benefit of being a back is you are further away from the goal and can generate more speed than, for example, the wings or line players," said Jakobsen.

However, for the Swedish back speed is not all, as for him every position has certain advantages:  “You’ll see the wings being able to jump further, the line players can jump higher and it is all about how you workout and how good your technique is.

“Unfortunately shooting hard doesn’t mean I’m the strongest on the team and I don’t get any rewards from my teammates, as they all work hard in the defence and the rest of the positions.”

Jakobsson would have fitted perfectly in two of the Serbian preliminary round matches, as their duels with Poland and Russia were the only encounters so far containing 10 shots with a speed of 100 km/h and more.

The match Poland vs. Russia was remarkable, as three players scored with 110 km/h or more – Group C was definitely the “group of speed”.

The hardest shots of the preliminary round:

113 km/h: Johan Jakobsson/SWE in the match SWE vs. MNE
112 km/h: Sergej Shelmenko/RUS in the match RUS vs. POL
112 km/h: Pavel Atman/RUS in the match RUS vs. POL
111 km/h Kornel Nagy/HUN in the match HUN vs. ISL
111 km/h Max Herrmann/AUT in the match AUT vs. DEN
110 km/h Przemyzlaw Krajewski/POL in the match POL vs. RUS
109 km/h: Piotr Chrapkowski/POL in the match POL vs. RUS
109 km/h: Kristian Kjelling/NOR in the match NOR vs. HUN
109 km/h: Mikkel Hansen/DEN in the match DEN vs. AUT
109 km/h: Mikkel Hansen/DEN in the match DEN vs. CZE
109 km/h: Marko Vujin/SRB in the match SRB vs. POL
109 km/h: Matthieu Grebille/FRA in the match FRA vs. RUS
108 km/h: Mads Mensah Larsen/DEN in the match DEN vs. CZE
108 km/h: Mikkel Hansen/DEN in the match DEN vs. CZE
108 km/h: Gabor Anscin/HUN in the match HUN vs. ISL
108 km/h: Lukas Karlsson/SWE in the match SWE vs. MNE
107 km/h: Sergej Gorbok/RUS in the match RUS vs.SRB
107 km/h: Petar Nenadic/SRB in the match RUS vs. SRB
107 km/h: Kevin Nyokas/FRA in the match FRA vs. RUS
107 km /h: Mikkel Hansen/DEN in the match DEN vs. AUT
107 km/h: Gabor Ancsin/HUN in the match HUN vs. ISL
107 km/h:  Magnus Gullerud/NOR in the match NOR vs. HUN
106 km/h: Harald Reinkind/NOR in the match NOR vs. HUN
106 km/h: Nikola Karabatic/FRA in the match FRA vs. POL
106 km/h: Mariusz Jurkiewicz/POL in the match POL vs. SRB
106 km/h: Johan Jakobsson/SWE in the match SWE vs. MNE
106 km/h: Rene Toft Hansen/DEN in the match DEN vs. MKD
106 km/h: Nikola Stojchevski/MKD in the match MKD vs. DEN
105 km/h: Egor Evdokimov/RUS in the match RUS vs. SRB
105 km/h: Oleg Skopintsev/RUS in the match RUS vs. SRB
105 km/h: Kiril Lazarov/MKD in the match MKD vs. CZE
105 km/h: Kiril Lazarov in the match MKD vs. DEN
105 km/h: Mikkel Hansen/DEN in the match DEN vs. AUT
105 km/h: Richard Wöss/AUT in the match AUT vs. DEN
105 km/h: Aron Palmarsson/ISL in the match ISL vs. HUN
105 km/h: Mate Lekai/HUN in the match HUN vs. ISL
105 km/h: Marko Vujin/SRB in the match SRB vs. POL

written by Björn Pazen / cor