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Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 25, 2004
Date Finished: August 27, 2004

Gold: CUB Osleidys Menéndez
Silver: GER Steffi Nerius
Bronze: GRE Mirela Maniani-Tzelili

Summary

The favorite was the 2000 bronze medalist, Osleidys Menéndez (CUB), who was the world record holder, had won the 2001 World Championships, and had recorded the six longest throws of 2004. She settled matters in round one with 71.53 (234-8¼) metres, missing her world record by a centimeter. German Steffi Nerius, bronze medalist at the 2003 Worlds, moved up from fourth place to a silver medal with her final throw. The bronze medal went to the consistent Mirela Maniani-Tzelili of Greece, who had won the 1999 and 2003 World title, and won medals at the last four World Championships. Her final round throw secured the bronze to the delight of the Athinan crowd. In 2005, Menéndez would again win the World title. The sixth-place finisher, Laverne Eve of the Bahamas, had won the 1984 Pan-American Junior title in the shot put, and was twice a silver medalist in the javelin at the Pan-American Games (1995 and 2003).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Osleidys Menéndez 24 Cuba CUB Gold OR
2 Steffi Nerius 32 Germany GER Silver
3 Mirela Maniani-Tzelili 27 Greece GRE Bronze
4 Nikola Tomečková-Brejchová 30 Czech Republic CZE
5 Sonia Bisset 33 Cuba CUB
6 Laverne Eve 39 Bahamas BAH
7 Nora Aída Bicet 26 Cuba CUB
8 Tetiana Liakhovych 25 Ukraine UKR
9 Savva Lika 34 Greece GRE
10 Taina Uppa-Kolkkala 27 Finland FIN
11 Felicia Ţilea-Moldovan 36 Romania ROU
12 Barbara Madejczyk 27 Poland POL
13 QR Mikaela Ingberg 30 Finland FIN
14 QR Claudia Coslovich 32 Italy ITA
15 QR Christina Obergföll 22 Germany GER
16 QR Nikolett Szabó 24 Hungary HUN
17 QR Zuleima Aramendiz 28 Colombia COL
18 QR Ma Ning 20 China CHN
19 QR Angeliki Tsiolakoudi 28 Greece GRE
20 QR Goldie Sayers 22 Great Britain GBR
21 QR Annika Suthe 18 Germany GER
22 QR Mercedes Chilla 24 Spain ESP
23 QR Barbora Špotáková 23 Czech Republic CZE
24 QR Aïda Sellam 26 Tunisia TUN
25 QR Jarmila Klimešová 23 Czech Republic CZE
26 QR Oksana Yarygina 31 Russia RUS
27 QR Valeriya Zabruskova 29 Russia RUS
28 QR Paula Huhtaniemi 31 Finland FIN
29 QR Christina Scherwin 28 Denmark DEN
30 QR Elisabetta Marin 26 Italy ITA
31 QR Rita Ramanauskaitė 34 Lithuania LTU
32 QR Khristina Georgieva 32 Bulgaria BUL
33 QR Moonika Aava 24 Estonia EST
34 QR Ilze Gribule 20 Latvia LAT
35 QR Sunette Viljoen 20 South Africa RSA
36 QR Jang Jeong-Yeon 27 South Korea KOR
37 QR Xue Juan 18 China CHN
38 QR Liliya Dusmetova 23 Uzbekistan UZB
39 QR Kim Kreiner 27 United States USA
40 QR Dalila Rugama 20 Nicaragua NCA
41 QR Nataliya Shimchuk 22 Belarus BLR
42 QR Leryn Franco 22 Paraguay PAR
43 QR Romina Maggi 28 Argentina ARG
44 QR Patsy Serafina Akeli 25 Samoa SAM
AC QR Yekaterina Ivakina 39 Russia RUS