Thursday, July 07, 2011

Yes/No: Špotáková First or Second in Paris?

The domestic track and field season is over, by and large, but many top American athletes will head to Europe to chase big marks. One athlete with Minnesota ties never leaves the European circuit, however. Former University of Minnesota Gopher, Barbora Špotáková of the Czech Republic, is still regarded as the top javelin thrower in the world, although the rest of the world has certainly closed the gap in recent years.

DtB will take its annual look at Špotáková with this question...

Yes/No: Will Barbora Špotáková finish in the top two in the javelin at the Paris Diamond League meet on Friday?

Where to start with Barbora Špotáková's accolades and honors? She has been ranked #1 in the world in her event by Track and Field News for each of the last four years. She is an Olympic and World Champion. And, she holds the world record.

Špotáková will certainly face stiff competition at the Diamond League meet in Paris. Three of the top four throwers (by distance) will be competing at the meet. In addition to Špotáková, Mariya Abakumova of Russia and Christina Obergfoll of Germany are scheduled to throw. All three women have thrown over 70 meters in their careers and over 65 meters in 2011.

To play our game, simply type "yes" or "no" into the subject line of an e-mail and send it to us at DtBFantasy [AT] gmail [DOT] com before 10:00 A.M. CDT, Friday, July 8th. Please put your answers in the subject line of the e-mail and make sure your full name appears somewhere in the e-mail. We will offer our usual bonus for participants making their 2011 debut in Yes/No - a correct answer will be worth two points for anyone who has not played yet this year.

My answer: No.

Last week's question was: Will Andrew Carlson or Josh Moen finish in the top six at the USA 10k Championships at the AJC Peachtree Road Race? The answer was no - Josh Moen was eleventh and Andrew Carlson finished twenty-first. Fifteen players answered correctly this week.

In the overall standings, the top group tightened up a bit. Lori Anne Peterson remains in first with seventeen points. But there is now a group of four one point back: Chris Rivers, Rachel Karel, Patrick Eastman, and Mike Henderson.

For all the results, please visit DtB Fantasy Corner, HERE.

1 comment:

Doug said...

The correct answer was yes. Spotakova finished 2nd at Paris.