Barbora Spotáková 68.26m in the London DL!

09 JUL 2017 REPORT LONDON, UK

1 ŠPOTÁKOVÁ Barbora CZE 30 JUN 1981 62.62 65.42 65.79 66.34 – 68.26 68.26 MR 20 2
2 KOLAK Sara CRO 22 JUN 1995 56.63 66.79 67.83 65.24 60.09 65.64 67.83 21 1
3 RATEJ Martina SLO 2 NOV 1981 57.92 64.85 x x x 58.51 64.85 SB 6 7
4 GLEADLE Elizabeth CAN 5 DEC 1988 64.47 x x 58.40 x 59.54 64.47 SB 5 9
5 ROBERTS Kelsey-Lee AUS 21 SEP 1991 61.99 63.76 58.42 64.38 62.49 62.67 64.38 PB 9
6 MITCHELL Kathryn AUS 10 JUL 1982 63.25 61.50 x x x 60.98 63.25 13 3
7 WINGER Kara USA 10 APR 1986 59.46 61.06 58.41 x x x 61.06 5 10
8 PALAMEIKA Madara LAT 18 JUN 1987 60.91 x 59.42 60.38 58.85 x 60.91 6 8
9 MOLITOR Katharina GER 8 NOV 1983 56.49 59.02 60.19 60.19

SPOTAKOVA GAINS REVENGE ON KOLAK IN LONDON – IAAF DIAMOND LEAGUE

Revenge was sweet indeed for Barbora Spotakova at the Müller Anniversary Games in London this afternoon as the 36-year-old javelin world record-holder re-asserted her supremacy over the young pretender who has emerged from Croatia to challenge for her crown.

Sara Kolak not only took her Olympic title in Rio last summer but came to London for the ninth IAAF Diamond League meeting of the season fresh from a world-leading victory over her Czech rival in Lausanne and with a two-point advantage on the road to the final.

All that changed at the London Stadium this afternoon where a contest that produced three meeting records came to a thrilling climax as Spotakova snatched victory in the final round with 68.26m.

Not only was that her best throw of the year, indeed her best throw since winning the Olympic title in this same stadium five years ago, but it landed just 17 centimetres short of Kolak’s Lausanne winner.

For Spotakova it brought back memories of her Olympic victory here five years ago and puts her in positive mood for a tilt at a second world title a full 10 years after she won her first.

“I didn’t expect such a big throw even though I knew I was in good shape,” she said. “Competing back here flooded me with so many nice memories of 2012.

“Now, I have to keep my form until August – it’s pretty even with me and a couple of the other girls so I can’t underestimate anyone, it will be a very exciting competition.”

As for Kolak, the 22-year-old can feel unlucky at missing out on another IAAF Diamond League win as she led from round two and twice beat the old meeting record with 66.79m and 67.83m.

But victory slipped from her grasp with the penultimate throw of the competition as Spotakova improved from 66.34m in round four with her winning effort.

Slovenia’s Martina Ratej was third with 64.85m, her best of the year.

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