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Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: August 1, 1992

Gold: GER Silke Renk
Silver: EUN Nataliya Shikolenko
Bronze: GER Karen Forkel


[Petra Felke] (GER) was the defending champion but was not the dominant thrower she had been in 1988. She had finished second at the 1991 World Championships behind [Xu Demei] (CHN), while the 1990 European Champion was Finland’s [Päivi Alafrantti]. But the best throwers in 1992 had been Belarussian [Nataliya Shikolenko] and Norway’s [Trine Hattestad], and they led the qualifiers. Shikolenko took the lead in the final with 68.26 (223-11½) in the first round. Round one produced all the medalists as [Silke Renk] (GER) threw 67.24 (220-7¼) and [Karen Forkel], eventual bronze medalist, threw 65.02 (213-4), and nobody would surpass those marks except the leaders. The standings held up through five rounds with Shikolenko leading Renk, who then won the gold medal with 68.34 (224-2½) on her final toss.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Silke Renk 25 Germany GER Gold
2 Nataliya Shikolenko 27 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Karen Forkel 21 Germany GER Bronze
4 Tessa Sanderson 36 Great Britain GBR
5 Trine Solberg-Hattestad 26 Norway NOR
6 Heli Rantanen 22 Finland FIN
7 Petra Meier-Felke 32 Germany GER
8 Dulce García 27 Cuba CUB
9 Yelena Svezhentseva 23 Unified Team EUN
10 Kinga Zsigmond 28 Hungary HUN
11 Louise McPaul-Currey 23 Australia AUS
12 Donna Mayhew 32 United States USA
13 QR Isel López 22 Cuba CUB
14 QR Xu Demei 27 China CHN
15 QR Ha Xiaoyan 20 China CHN
16 QR Antoaneta Todorova-Selenska 29 Bulgaria BUL
17 QR Kirsten Smith 22 New Zealand NZL
18 QR Teresė Nekrošaitė 30 Lithuania LTU
19 QR Genowefa Patla 29 Poland POL
20 QR Iryna Kostiuchenkova 31 Unified Team EUN
21 QR Anna Verouli 35 Greece GRE
22 QR Lee Yeong-Seon 18 South Korea KOR
23 QR Paula Berry 23 United States USA
24 QR Vijitha Amerasekera 30 Sri Lanka SRI
AC QR Päivi Alafrantti 28 Finland FIN