Barbora Spotáková 68.26m in the London DL!


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


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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117. Deutsche Meisterschaften / Erfurt
8. – 9. Juli 2017


The men’s javelin will be the event which carries Germany’s biggest hopes for victory at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 next month. That was confirmed at the two-day German Championships over the weekend in Erfurt.

Johannes Vetter took the title with an 89.35m throw, a championships’ record, defeating Olympic champion Thomas Röhler who threw 85.24m. Other highlights included championships records by Konstanze Klosterhalfen in the women’s 1500m where she clocked 3:59.58 and Gesa Krause’s 9:25.81 in the 3000m steeplechase.

However there was also a major blow for the country’s medal hopes in the men’s discus throw. After sensationally taking the Olympic gold medal last summer, Christoph Harting almost equally sensationally missed the national qualifying standard for the World Championships. He looks set to miss London after failing to reach the 65.00m requested by the federation. In Erfurt he finished fourth while brother Robert Harting won with 65.65m.

It could not have gone much better for Vetter in Erfurt. He began the competition with his 89.35m throw, which not only held on to win the competition, but also eclipsed by one centimetre the championship record set 21 years ago by Raymond Hecht.

In a solid series, Vetter also produced throws of 84.59m, 87.83m and 89.23m in rounds three, four and five. His winning effort landed just 33 centimetres short of his 89.68m personal best set last year.

“I am very happy winning my first ever German title,” Vetter said. “It was a superb series. I am very close to 90 metres, but I’m not putting myself under pressure.”

Röhler meanwhile was unlucky after slipping on a throw during the warm-up.

“I was a bit concerned,“ said Röhler, whose first three attempts of 74.77m, 77.18m and 74.12m were extremely modest. He then improved with 82.75m and 85.24m before ending the competition with a foul.

“Johannes showed a great performance and deserved the win. Although we are number one, two and three in the world nothing is guaranteed at the World Championships.

Bernhard Seifert was third with a PB 84.62m while Lars Hamann (81.07m) followed in fourth. Andreas Hofmann had to be content with 74.07m for fifth.


1 VETTER Johannes, LG Offenburg  89.35 MR 89.35 82.84 84.59 87.83 89.23 81.84
2 RÖHLER Thomas, LC Jena 85.24 74.77 77.18 74.12 82.75 85.24 x
3 SEIFERT Bernhard, SC Potsdam  84.62 PB x 80.31 84.62 80.61 83.42 83.76
4 HAMANN Lars, Dresdner SC 1898  81.07 78.25 x 77.68 81.07 79.57 x
5 HOFMANN Andreas, MTG Mannheim 74.07 74.07 x x x x x
6 GOLLING David, LC Cottbus  73.38 73.38 SB 71.55 x x x 73.38 x
7 BONEWIT Jonas, LG Stadtwerke München 72.95 64.83 72.95 x 70.27 x 66.34
8 FISCHER Nils, TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen  70.94 69.82 x 70.68 70.94 70.37 69.00
9 GRAF Sascha, Yburg Steinbach  70.02 65.01 69.11 70.02
10 KOCH Markus, LG Offenburg  69.27 69.27 x 65.83

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July 6, 2017. / Lausanne / Diamond League

Olympic Champion Sara Kolak set a new record for Croatia with 68.43m for her lat throw! Barbora Spotáková took second with her seasno best throw of 67.40m. A month before the IAAF WAC in London the woman javelin throw is heating up!


1 KOLAK Sara CRO 22 JUN 1995 63.94 64.64 66.65 x 65.78 68.43 68.43 WL MR NR
2 ŠPOTÁKOVÁ Barbora CZE 30 JUN 1981 67.40 63.50 – 62.12 x 64.59 67.40 SB
3 MITCHELL Kathryn AUS 10 JUL 1982 61.71 60.74 64.91 61.94 66.12 61.11 66.12 PB
4 ROBERTS Kelsey-Lee AUS 21 SEP 1991 61.49 59.59 60.96 61.22 55.00 64.06 64.06 =PB
5 KHALADOVICH Tatsiana BLR 21 JUN 1991 62.29 x x x 60.32 x 62.29
6 VILJOEN Sunette RSA 6 OCT 1983 60.01 61.19 59.15 59.60 61.38 56.02 61.38
7 PALAMEIKA Madara LAT 18 JUN 1987 56.19 60.35 59.75 59.68 57.66 59.20 60.35
8 WINGER Kara USA 10 APR 1986 59.19 x x x x 58.29 59.19
9 LAASMA Liina EST 13 JAN 1992 56.03 57.35 55.61 57.35
10 MOLITOR Katharina GER 8 NOV 1983 56.54 57.03 x 57.03

Lausanne: Kolak Comes Of Age – by Diamond League Lausanne

Sara Kolak may yet have to suffer being called the surprise Olympic champion every time her Rio exploits are recalled but she reinforced the fact that it was no fluke in emphatic fashion when she twice extended her national record at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne on Thursday (6), finishing with a world-leading 68.43m with her final effort.

In balmy conditions with just the gentlest of breezes to help the javelin throwers, Czech world record holder and two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova opened with a world-leading 67.40m to show there is still some fight and flight left in her arms.

In many competitions, that would have more than sufficed for victory but Kolak showed that she is a formidable competitor as well and gradually improved over the first three rounds: 63.94m, 64.64m and then her first national record of the night, 66.65m to add 47cm to her previous record, which was set in Rio.

By contrast, after her big opening throw, Spotakova seemed to lose a bit of her spark but Kolak never threw in the towel. After a foul and a fifth round throw of 65.78m, she then unleased her massive effort to take the lead and usurp Spotakova.

Spotakova had the very last throw of the competition but, with all eyes in the stadium on her, she fell short with 64.59m.

“The performance did not surprise me,” reflected Kolak, who clearly knew something the rest of the world didn’t.

“I want to go step-by-step from here. Stay healthy. Build my strength and make it to the final in London,” she added, expressing a rather modest ambition from her current position on top of the world lists. “I am writing my own story in my out-of-the-box way. People in Croatia have high expectations and I want to live up to that.”

In a competition of excellent depth, Australia’s Kathryn Mitchell took third place with a personal best of 66.12m in the fifth round.


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July 1, 2017 / Paris, France

Big night for JoJo Vetter and his Offenburg Team! The first Diamond League victory just happened in the ‘City of Ligths’!  Right for the first throw Johannes got the lead that was kept to the end!

A first attempt at 88.74m and the competition folded! German Johannes Vetter pulled off an excellent first throw in the javelin competition at the MEETING de PARIS and his adversaries never managed to better his performance. He finally took the win with a 72cm lead over Czech Jakub Vadlejch, who equalled his personal best (88.02m).

It was a special night for for Neeraj Chopra who entered DL for the first time. Olympic Champion Thomas Röhler also had a good series till the last throw, finished third with 87.18m.

RESULTS FOR Javelin Throw Men

1 VETTER Johannes GER 26 MAR 1993  / 88.74 85.76 85.42 84.15 79.45 82.31 88.74
2 VADLEJCH Jakub CZE 10 OCT 1990 / 88.02 83.33 83.83 x 86.85 82.97 88.02 =PB
3 RÖHLER Thomas GER 30 SEP 1991 / 87.18 84.84 85.07 87.23 86.05 x 87.23
4 PITKÄMÄKI Tero FIN 19 DEC 1982 / 83.91 84.94 85.34 x 82.17 84.18 85.34
5 CHOPRA Neeraj IND 24 DEC 1997 / 79.54 81.32 84.67 78.69 79.52 x 84.67
6 KIRT Magnus EST 10 APR 1990  / x 83.88 78.11 81.19 81.32 79.91 83.88
7 PEACOCK Hamish AUS 15 OCT 1990 /  77.97 83.51 79.23 x 79.40 83.87 83.87
8 MARDARE Andrian MDA 20 JUN 1995 / 76.33 76.10 x 73.63 75.06 77.93 77.93
9 VESELÝ Vítezslav CZE 27 FEB 1983 / 71.64 76.00 70.24 76.00
10 NICOLLIN Jeremy FRA 8 APR 1991 / 64.19 63.52 x 64.19

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Paris, France, July 1, 2017

Still 19 years old! Neeraj Chopra is heading to Paris for the first time to meet the best throwers of the world at the Diamond Leage Paris world series!

Neeraj Chopra (Dec. 24, 1997) is an Indian track and field athlete who won a gold medal in 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He also set a world junior record with 86.48m.  His best for 2017 is 85.63m (ranks 14 in the world), qualification mark for the IAAF WC in London.  Although Chopra is India’s best hope for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, he still need the international experiences with senior world-calss throwers.  Paris will be a great debut and motivation for the young talent, a competition with Röhler, Vetter, Pitkamaki, Jakub.  Until this Spring, Chopra was  coached by Garry Calvert.

Chopra had won the gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games with a throw of 82.23 m, which equalled the Indian national record. Despite these performances, he failed to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics as the cut off date was 11 July. He is from the Khandra Village, Panipat, Haryana in India.

CHOPRA: “I’m really looking forward to making my Diamond League debut and giving my best. This competition has been a target ever since the World Championships in Bydgoszcz and I’ve been working really hard in Patiala in the run up to this,” Chopra said in a statement.
The youngster believes this run of competitions will serve him well ahead of the IAAF World Championships, to be held in London in August.
“The Diamond League is a competition where I stand to gain a lot of exposure and the experience will be of huge importance as I work my way towards the World Championships. I am really eager to be in the same fray as some of the finest in the sport,” he added.”  from Times of India site

Chopra is one of India’s two male javelin throwers to achieve the entry standard of 83m for the global event. Davinder Singh is the other thrower. After the Paris meet, Chopra will compete in the Asian championships at Bhubaneswar from July 6-9.

Diamond League Paris official site and entries: LINK

Javelin Throw Men / ENTRY LIST (SB/PB)

IND CHOPRA, Neeraj 85.63 / 86.48
EST KIRT, Magnus 84.08 / 86.65
MDA MARDARE, Andrian 83.93 / 83.93
FRA NICOLLIN, Jeremy 71.447 / 7.15
AUS PEACOCK, Hamish 84.36 / 84.39
FIN PITKÄMÄKI, Tero 88.27 / 91.53
GER RÖHLER, Thomas 93.90 / 93.90
CZE VADLEJCH, Jakub 87.95 / 88.02
CZE VESELÝ, Vítězslav 82.16 / 88.34
GER VETTER, Johannes 89.68 / 89.68

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