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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 7, 2012
Date Finished: August 9, 2012

Gold: CZE Barbora Špotáková
Silver: GER Christina Obergföll
Bronze: GER Linda Stahl

Summary

Defending champion Barbora Špotáková of the Czech Republic was one of the strongest favorites in athletics at the London Olympics. Her biggest challenge was expected to come from Russian Mariya Abakumova, the 2011 World Champion and silver medalist from Beijing. That didn't happen.

Špotáková was drawn first in the throwing order for the final and with her first mark of 66.90, she effectively won the gold medal, as nobody else would come close to that mark. Abakumova struggled and did not make the final three throws, eventually placing 10th. Špotáková's second and third rounds of 66.88 and 66.24 would also have brought her gold, but she got her best mark in round four with 69.55, easily winning the title, over four metres ahead of Germans Christina Obergföll (65.16), who had won bronze in 2008, and Linda Stahl (64.91). South African Sunette Viljoen, who led the world list coming into London, placed fourth. Špotáková became only the second woman to defend a javelin title, after East German Ruth Fuchs in 1972-76.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Barbora Špotáková 31 Czech Republic CZE Gold
2 Christina Obergföll 30 Germany GER Silver
3 Linda Stahl 26 Germany GER Bronze
4 Sunette Viljoen 28 South Africa RSA
5 Lu Huihui 23 China CHN
6 Katharina Molitor 28 Germany GER
7 Martinka Ratej 30 Slovenia SLO
8 Madara Palameika 25 Latvia LAT
9 Kathryn Mitchell 30 Australia AUS
10 Mariya Abakumova 26 Russia RUS
11 Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir 26 Iceland ISL
12 Liz Gleadle 23 Canada CAN
13 Līna Mūze 19 Latvia LAT
14 Jarmila Klimešová 31 Czech Republic CZE
15 Brittany Borman 23 United States USA
16 Yuki Ebihara 26 Japan JPN
17 Kim Mickle 27 Australia AUS
18 Indrė Jakubaitytė 36 Lithuania LTU
19 Vira Rebryk 23 Ukraine UKR
20 Sinta Ozoliņa-Kovala 24 Latvia LAT
21 Laila Ferrer 29 Brazil BRA
22 Hanna Hatsko 21 Ukraine UKR
23 Zhang Li 23 China CHN
24 Rachel Yurkovich 25 United States USA
25 Nora Aída Bicet 34 Spain ESP
26 Tatjana Jelača 21 Serbia SRB
27 Savva Lika 42 Greece GRE
28 Marharyta Dorozhon 24 Ukraine UKR
29 Yainelis Ribeaux 24 Cuba CUB
30 Li Lingwei 23 China CHN
31 Kara Patterson 26 United States USA
32 Flor Ruíz 21 Colombia COL
33 Marina Novik 28 Belarus BLR
34 Leryn Franco 30 Paraguay PAR
35 Anastasiya Svechnikova 19 Uzbekistan UZB
36 Vanda Juhász 23 Hungary HUN
37 Elisabeth Eberl 24 Austria AUT
38 Kristine Harutyunyan 21 Armenia ARM
AC Yanet Cruz 24 Cuba CUB NM
AC Goldie Sayers 30 Great Britain GBR NM
AC Sanni Utriainen 21 Finland FIN NM