Kara Patterson

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Kara Patterson
Kara Patterson 2010.jpg
Kara Patterson in 2010
Personal information
Full name Kara Estelle Patterson
Nationality American
Born (1986-04-10) April 10, 1986 (age 28)
Seattle, Washington
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Website karapatterson.blogspot.com
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) Javelin throw: 66.67 m AR, NR

Kara Estelle Patterson (born April 10, 1986) is an American athlete who competes in the javelin throw. She is the American record holder in the javelin throw with a distance of 66.67 m.


At the 2004 Olympic Trials, Patterson finished 19th with a distance of 42.60 m. In 2005, she won a silver medal at the 2005 Pan Am Junior Games with a distance of 50.26 m. At the 2008 Olympic Trials, Patterson won with a distance of 53.93 m. At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Patterson didn't make it past the qualifying round and finished 41st overall with a distance of 54.39 m.[1] At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, Patterson didn't make it past the qualifying round and finished 29th overall with a distance of 52.71 m.

On June 25, 2010, Patterson broke Kim Kreiner's American record of 64.19 m set in 2007 with a distance of 66.67 m.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Patterson was born in Seattle, Washington in 1986, the daughter of Bruce and Rona Patterson.Kara went to Alki Middle School and she is a 2004 graduate of Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington. Patterson attended Purdue University and graduated in 2009, majoring in nutrition, fitness and health. Patterson lives together with fellow athlete Russ Winger.[4]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best (m) Venue Date
Javelin throw (outdoor) 66.67 AR, NR Des Moines, Iowa June 25, 2010

Key: AR = Area record, NR = National record


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's Javelin Throw Qualifying Round". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  2. ^ Parker Morse (2010-06-26). "Patterson, Felix steal the show: USATF Nationals, Day 1 & 2". IAAF. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  3. ^ David Leon Moore (2010-06-26). "Kara Patterson sets American javelin record at U.S. championships". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  4. ^ Binder, Doug (2010-08-11). "Record holder Kara Patterson takes aim at another Diamond League meet in women’s javelin". Trackfocus. Retrieved 2010-11-08. 

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