Thursday, August 12, 2010

Yes/No: Will Špotáková Win at London?

The prestigious Diamond League continues its 2010 tour with a stop at London this weekend. The Aviva London Grand Prix will attract most of the best track and field athletes in the world to Crystal Palace on Friday and Saturday. Usain Bolt will not compete, but the meet will feature a marquee 100 meter battle nonetheless: Asafa Powell head-to-head with Tyson Gay.

If you are not a frequent Down the Backstretch reader, you may not know that the best female javelin thrower in the world is a former athlete at the University of Minnesota. Barbora Špotáková of the Czech Republic has battled some injuries this year but remains the one to beat in a big meet like London.

Let us know how the former Gopher will fare...

Y/N: Will Barbora Špotáková win the javelin at the Aviva London Grand Prix on Friday?

Barbora Špotáková attended the University of Minnesota and was an All-American in 2002. Špotáková won gold at the World Championships in Osaka in 2007 and an Olympic gold medal in 2008. She is the world record holder and finished second a the World Championships in Berlin in 2009.

This year, Špotáková has three of the best five throws in the world (the other two belong to Maria Abakumova of Russia who is not in the field at London). Špotáková is coming off a bronze medal at the European Championships where she battled elbow pain from an injury earlier in the summer.

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My answer: No

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1 comment:

Doug said...

Barbora Spotakova needed only one throw to win the Aviva London Grand Prix javelin. She threw 63.50m in the first round and that distance held up for the victory.
The correct answer was yes this week.