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Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 19, 2008
Date Finished: August 21, 2008

Gold: CZE Barbora Špotáková
Silver: RUS Mariya Abakumova
Bronze: GER Christina Obergföll

Summary

Barbora Špotáková (CZE) came in as the 2007 World Champion and with the best record of the year, and then led the qualifying with 67.69 (222-5). In the final Mariya Abakumova (RUS) opened with 69.32 (227-5), a national record and PR which made her the fourth-longest thrower ever. Špotáková answered with 69.22 (227-11), also a PR and national record, but settled into second place and they held those positions thru the first three rounds. In round four Abakumova hammered the spear out to 70.78 (232-3), making her the second-longest performer in history. But Špotáková came thru in the final round with 71.42 (234-4), less than a foot short of the world record, held by Cuba’s Osleidys Menéndez, who placed fifth with only one valid throw. The bronze medal went to Germany’s Christina Obergföll, silver medalist at the 2007 Worlds, who had opened with 66.13 (216-11) but then struggled with four fouls.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Barbora Špotáková 27 Czech Republic CZE Gold
2 Mariya Abakumova 22 Russia RUS Silver
3 Christina Obergföll 26 Germany GER Bronze
4 Goldie Sayers 26 Great Britain GBR
5 Steffi Nerius 36 Germany GER
6 Osleidys Menéndez 28 Cuba CUB
7 Barbara Madejczyk 31 Poland POL
8 Katharina Molitor 24 Germany GER
9 Mercedes Chilla 28 Spain ESP
10 Zhang Li 19 China CHN
11 Sinta Ozoliņa-Kovala 20 Latvia LAT
12 Felicia Ţilea-Moldovan 40 Romania ROU
13 QR Justine Robbeson 23 South Africa RSA
14 QR Urszula Piwnicka 24 Poland POL
15 QR Savva Lika 38 Greece GRE
16 QR Vira Rebryk 19 Ukraine UKR
17 QR Mikaela Ingberg 34 Finland FIN
18 QR Chang Chunfeng 20 China CHN
19 QR Yanet Cruz 20 Cuba CUB
20 QR Laverne Eve 43 Bahamas BAH
21 QR Jarmila Klimešová 27 Czech Republic CZE
22 QR Nikolett Szabó 28 Hungary HUN
23 QR Nataliya Shimchuk 26 Belarus BLR
24 QR Sílvia Cruz 27 Portugal POR
25 QR Olha Ivankova 35 Ukraine UKR
26 QR Moonika Aava 28 Estonia EST
27 QR Alessandra Resende 33 Brazil BRA
28 QR Buoban Pamang 24 Thailand THA
29 QR Lindy Agricole 34 Seychelles SEY
30 QR Erma-Gene Evans 24 Saint Lucia LCA
31 QR Marina Novik 24 Belarus BLR
32 QR Inga Stasiulionytė 27 Lithuania LTU
33 QR Sunette Viljoen 24 South Africa RSA
34 QR Olivia McKoy 34 Jamaica JAM
35 QR Tetiana Liakhovych 29 Ukraine UKR
36 QR Anastasiya Svechnikova 15 Uzbekistan UZB
37 QR Martinka Ratej 26 Slovenia SLO
38 QR Kim Kreiner 31 United States USA
39 QR Zuleima Aramendiz 32 Colombia COL
40 QR Monica Stoian 25 Romania ROU
41 QR Kara Patterson 22 United States USA
42 QR Song Dan 18 China CHN
43 QR Nadeeka Lakmali 26 Sri Lanka SRI
44 QR Christina Scherwin 32 Denmark DEN
45 QR Alexandra Tsisiou 27 Cyprus CYP
46 QR Kim Gyeong-Ae 20 South Korea KOR
47 QR Mariya Yakovenko 26 Russia RUS
48 QR María González 26 Venezuela VEN
49 QR Patsy Serafina Akeli 29 Samoa SAM
50 QR Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir 22 Iceland ISL
51 QR Leryn Franco 26 Paraguay PAR
52 QR Rumyana Karapetrova 26 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Zahra Bani 28 Italy ITA
AC QR Tatjana Jelača 17 Serbia SRB