Monday, August 18, 2008

Špotáková Easily Advances

Barbora Špotáková, a University of Minnesota all-American in 2002, qualified for the finals of the women's javelin representing her home country of the Czech Republic.

The former Gopher took just one throw, sending the javelin 67.69 meters, easily beyond the 61.50 meters required to automatically move on to Thursday's finals. The throw topped all competitors in the qualifying rounds. Her closest competitor and chief rival Christina Obergfoll of Germany threw 67.52 meters.

In the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Špotáková failed to qualify for the finals. Four years later, she appears poised to medal. The reigning world champion in the event, she enters the final round as a medal favorite. Her personal best of 69.15 meters ranks fourth in the world all-time.

The IAAF report on the women's javelin can be found HERE.

Complete results are HERE.

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