Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's javelin throw

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Women's javelin throw
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 7–9 August
Competitors 42 from 29 nations
Winning distance 69.55
Medalists
Gold medal    Czech Republic
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Germany
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The Women's javelin throw competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 7–9 August.[1] Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.[2]

The qualifying round was mostly automatic marks. Eight athletes hit the auto mark in their first legal attempt. It took 60.11 to make the final.

The final was dominated by defending champion and world record holder Barbora Špotáková who took the lead on the first throw of the competition, a lead she would never relinquish. On the second throw of the competition Sunette Viljoen got off her best throw, which would put her in third place. Later in the round, Christina Obergföll got off her only legal throw, which turned out to be the silver medal throw. Each round Špotáková kept putting out long throws, but didn't improve. In the fourth round, Linda Stahl passed Viljoen to move into bronze medal position. Then Špotáková let loose the winner, her 69.55 -- more than 2.5 metres further than her previous bests -- which won the competition by 4.39 metres. None of the medalists even got a legal throw in the final two rounds. Any one of Špotáková's four legal throws would have won the gold medal.

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 10:00 Qualifications
Thursday, 9 August 2012 21:00 Finals

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Barbora Špotáková (CZE) 72.28 m Stuttgart, Germany 13 September 2008
Olympic record  Osleidys Menéndez (CUB) 71.53 m Athens, Greece 27 August 2004
2012 World leading  Sunette Viljoen (RSA) 69.35 m New York City, USA 9 June 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Barbora Špotáková (CZE) 69.55 London, United Kingdom 9 August 2012

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 62.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Barbora Špotáková Czech Republic 66.19 66.19 Q
2 A Christina Obergföll Germany 66.14 66.14 Q
3 B Sunette Viljoen South Africa 65.92 65.92 Q
4 A Linda Stahl Germany 64.78 64.78 Q SB
5 B Lu Huihui China 64.45 64.45 Q
6 A Martina Ratej Slovenia x 63.60 63.60 Q
7 B Maria Abakumova Russia 63.25 63.25 Q
8 B Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir Iceland 62.77 62.77 Q NR
9 B Katharina Molitor Germany 58.06 55.30 62.05 62.05 Q
10 A Madara Palameika Latvia 60.62 60.50 57.91 60.62 q
11 A Elizabeth Gleadle Canada x 59.73 60.26 60.26 q
12 B Kathryn Mitchell Australia 60.11 57.80 59.84 60.11 q
13 A Lina Muze Latvia 51.15 59.48 59.91 59.91
14 B Jarmila Klimešová Czech Republic 56.76 59.90 x 59.90
15 A Brittany Borman United States 54.31 56.50 59.27 59.27
16 B Yuki Ebihara Japan 59.25 58.03 54.17 59.25
17 A Kimberley Mickle Australia 59.23 57.77 x 59.23
18 B Indre Jakubaityte Lithuania 54.05 56.63 59.05 59.05 SB
19 B Vira Rebryk Ukraine x 58.97 x 58.97
20 B Sinta Ozolina-Kovala Latvia x 58.86 51.35 58.86
21 A Laila Ferer e Silva Brazil 51.66 52.61 58.39 58.39
22 B Hanna Hatsko Ukraine 58.37 56.02 55.94 58.37
23 A Zhang Li China 57.17 58.35 x 58.35
24 B Rachel Yurkovich United States 54.20 x 57.92 57.92
25 A Noraida Bicet Spain 54.08 54.56 57.77 57.77
26 A Tatjana Jelača Serbia 52.58 x 57.09 57.09
27 B Sávva Líka Greece 56.36 57.06 x 57.06
28 A Marharyta Dorozhon Ukraine 56.74 55.18 50.60 56.74
29 B Yainelis Ribeaux Cuba 53.70 56.55 x 56.55
30 B Li Lingwei China 55.28 x 56.50 56.50
31 A Kara Patterson United States 56.23 x x 56.23
32 A Flor Ruiz Colombia x 54.34 52.37 54.34
33 B Maryna Novik Belarus 51.93 50.77 54.31 54.31
34 B Leryn Franco Paraguay 51.45 x 49.72 51.45
35 B Anastasiya Svechnikova Uzbekistan 50.56 51.27 x 51.27
36 B Vanda Juhász Hungary 49.90 50.01 x 50.01
37 A Elisabeth Eberl Austria x x 49.66 49.66
38 A Kristine Harutyunyan Armenia 47.65 x x 47.65
N/A A Yanet Cruz Cuba x x x N/A NM
N/A A Goldie Sayers Great Britain x x x N/A NM
N/A B Sanni Utriainen Finland x x x N/A NM
N/A A Yusbelys Parra Venezuela N/A N/A N/A N/A DNS

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result[3] Notes
1 Barbora Špotáková Czech Republic 66.90 66.88 66.24 69.55 x x 69.55 WL, SB
2 Christina Obergföll Germany 65.16 x x x x x 65.16
3 Linda Stahl Germany 59.49 63.24 62.67 64.91 x x 64.91 SB
4 Sunette Viljoen South Africa 64.53 62.71 57.30 57.05 60.93 62.61 64.53
5 Lu Huihui China 59.97 63.28 58.58 61.26 63.70 62.19 63.70
6 Katharina Molitor Germany 62.89 58.15 58.51 x x x 62.89
7 Martina Ratej Slovenia x 58.89 61.62 x 60.11 56.90 61.62
8 Madara Palameika Latvia 56.47 60.73 x 59.32 x 59.22 60.73
9 Kathryn Mitchell Australia 58.31 59.46 58.45 59.46
10 Maria Abakumova Russia x 59.34 58.70 59.34
11 Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir Iceland 59.08 57.35 x 59.08
12 Elizabeth Gleadle Canada 57.10 x 58.78 58.78

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