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Women's Javelin Throw

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 16, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016

Gold: CRO Sara Kolak
Silver: RSA Sunette Viljoen
Bronze: CZE Barbora Å potáková


The women’s javelin field was deep with no clear favorite. The hottest thrower of the year was Belarussian [Tatyana Kholodovich], who had won the 2016 European Championship, following that with a Diamond League win in Monaco. She was expected to be challenged by two-time defending champion [Barbora Špotáková] of the Czech Republic, South African [Sunette Viljoen], runner-up at London, and twice bronze medalist at the Worlds, and Croatian [Sara Kolak], the bronze medal winner at the 2016 Europeans.

Viljoen opened with 64.92 in the final to take the lead, a mark she would not better and one that eventually brought her the silver medal. That held up until round four when Kolak threw 66.18 to take the lead. Špotáková challenged Viljoen in round five with 64.80, a mark that brought her the bronze medal. Kolak’s 66.18 held up and the Croatian won a surprising gold medal. The competition was very close as places 2-7 were decided by less than one metre.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sara Kolak 21 Croatia CRO Gold
2 Sunette Viljoen 32 South Africa RSA Silver
3 Barbora Špotáková 35 Czech Republic CZE Bronze
4 Maria Andrejczyk 20 Poland POL
5 Tatyana Kholodovich 25 Belarus BLR
6 Kathryn Mitchell 34 Australia AUS
7 Lu Huihui 27 China CHN
8 Christina Obergföll 34 Germany GER
9 Flor Ruíz 25 Colombia COL
10 Madara Palameika 29 Latvia LAT
11 Linda Stahl 30 Germany GER
12 Christin Hussong 22 Germany GER
13 r1/2 Kara Patterson-Winger 30 United States USA
14 r1/2 Sinta Ozoliņa-Kovala 28 Latvia LAT
15 r1/2 Li Lingwei 27 China CHN
16 r1/2 Liz Gleadle 27 Canada CAN
17 r1/2 Kateryna Derun 22 Ukraine UKR
18 r1/2 Martinka Ratej 34 Slovenia SLO
19 r1/2 Hanna Hatsko-Fedusova 25 Ukraine UKR
20 r1/2 Liina Laasma 24 Estonia EST
21 r1/2 Yuki Ebihara 30 Japan JPN
22 r1/2 Kim Mickle 31 Australia AUS
23 r1/2 Liu Shiying 22 China CHN
24 r1/2 Mathilde Andraud 27 France FRA
25 r1/2 Maggie Malone 22 United States USA
26 r1/2 Tatyana Korzh 23 Belarus BLR
27 r1/2 Brittany Borman 27 United States USA
28 r1/2 Kelsey-Lee Roberts 24 Australia AUS
29 r1/2 Yulenmis Aguilar 20 Cuba CUB
30 r1/2 Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir 30 Iceland ISL
31 r1/2 Sanni Utriainen 25 Finland FIN