Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's javelin throw

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Women's javelin throw
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Date 19 August 2008 (qualification)
21 August 2008 (final)
Competitors 54 from 40 nations
Winning distance 71.42
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic
2nd, silver medalist(s) vacant
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Christina Obergföll  Germany
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Athletics at the
2008 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

The women's javelin throw at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 19–21 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

The qualifying standards were 60.50 m (A standard) and 56.00 m (B standard).[2]

Mariya Abakumova held the lead from her first throw, with Barbora Špotáková the only other competitor within 3 metres. Abakumova improved to 70.78 on her fourth throw. Christina Obergföll took the third place position, and Goldie Sayers with a British national record took fourth, both from their first round throws and not improving thereafter. Then on her final throw, Špotáková put it out to 71.42 to take the gold. Eight years after the competition, the IOC retested samples from the event. Silver medalist Mariya Abakumova tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol) and was disqualified, stripping her of the medal.[3]

Schedule[edit]

All times are China standard time (UTC+8)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 19 August 2008 09:00 Qualifications[4]
Thursday, 21 August 2008 19:20 Finals[5]

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record  Osleidys Menéndez (CUB) 71.70 Helsinki, Finland 14 August 2005
Olympic record  Osleidys Menéndez (CUB) 71.53 Athens, Greece 27 August 2004

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qualification: 61.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes[6]
1 A Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic 67.69 67.69 Q
2 B Christina Obergföll  Germany 67.52 67.52 Q
3 A Steffi Nerius  Germany 59.15 59.74 63.94 63.94 Q
DSQ A Mariya Abakumova  Russia 61.23 63.48 63.48 Q
5 B Goldie Sayers  Great Britain 60.79 62.99 62.99 Q
6 B Barbara Madejczyk  Poland 62.81 62.81 Q, SB
7 A Mercedes Chilla  Spain 56.98 61.81 61.81 Q, SB
8 A Zhang Li  China 58.30 61.77 61.77 Q
9 B Katharina Molitor  Germany 55.65 53.50 60.92 60.92 q
10 B Felicea Moldovan-Tilea  Romania 53.25 55.89 60.81 60.81 q
11 A Osleidys Menéndez  Cuba 60.51 x 60.41 60.51 q
12 A Sinta Ozoliņa  Latvia 60.13 x 52.62 60.13 q, NR
13 B Justine Robbeson  South Africa 56.75 54.26 59.63 59.63
14 A Urszula Piwnicka  Poland 51.33 52.99 59.28 59.28
15 A Savva Lika  Greece 56.44 58.59 59.11 59.11
16 A Vira Rebryk  Ukraine 55.77 57.12 59.05 59.05
17 B Mikaela Ingberg  Finland 55.71 58.82 58.36 58.82
18 A Chang Chunfeng  China 58.42 x x 58.42
19 B Yanet Cruz  Cuba 58.06 57.15 57.03 58.06
20 B Lavern Eve  Bahamas 55.22 57.36 55.15 57.36
21 B Jarmila Klimešová  Czech Republic 52.18 57.25 x 57.25
22 A Nikolett Szabó  Hungary 56.98 57.15 x 57.15
23 A Natallia Shymchuk  Belarus 55.56 57.11 x 57.11
24 A Sílvia Cruz  Portugal 54.65 57.06 x 57.06
25 B Olha Ivankova  Ukraine 55.63 51.98 57.05 57.05
26 B Moonika Aava  Estonia x 56.94 x 56.94
27 A Alessandra Resende  Brazil 54.05 56.53 54.32 56.53
28 B Buoban Pamang  Thailand 53.69 x 56.35 56.35 SB
29 B Lindy Leveau-Agricole  Seychelles 56.32 55.90 50.74 56.32 SB
30 B Erma-Gene Evans  Saint Lucia 46.79 54.60 56.27 56.27
31 B Maryna Novik  Belarus 56.10 x 53.48 56.10
32 A Inga Stasiulionyte  Lithuania 55.66 x 55.34 55.66
33 A Sunette Viljoen  South Africa 53.14 55.58 53.82 55.58
34 B Olivia McKoy  Jamaica 55.51 x 53.85 55.51
35 B Tetyana Lyakhovych  Ukraine 55.50 x 53.59 55.50
36 A Anastasiya Svechnikova  Uzbekistan 55.31 x 48.71 55.31
37 A Martina Ratej  Slovenia 55.30 51.56 53.24 55.30
38 B Kim Kreiner  United States 55.13 53.81 53.48 55.13
39 A Zuleima Aramendiz  Colombia 51.30 54.71 x 54.71
40 A Monica Stoian  Romania x 54.56 x 54.56
41 A Kara Patterson  United States 54.00 50.35 54.39 54.39
42 B Song Dan  China 53.11 54.32 x 54.32
43 A Nadeeka Lakmali  Sri Lanka x 53.44 54.28 54.28
44 A Christina Scherwin  Denmark 53.95 x x 53.95 SB
45 B Alexandra Nasta-Tsisiou  Cyprus 53.24 x 47.18 53.24
46 A Kim Kyung-Ae  South Korea 51.46 48.00 53.13 53.13
47 B Mariya Yakovenko  Russia 47.90 51.67 50.49 51.67
48 A María González  Venezuela 48.37 50.51 42.32 50.51
49 B Serafina Akeli  Samoa 47.83 42.78 49.26 49.26
50 B Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir  Iceland x x 48.59 48.59
51 B Leryn Franco  Paraguay 45.34 x 43.77 45.34
52 B Rumyana Karapetrova  Bulgaria 40.15 - - 40.15
A Zahra Bani  Italy x x x NM
B Tatjana Jelaca  Serbia x x x NM

WR world record | AR area record | CR championship record | GR games record | NR national record | OR Olympic record | PB personal best | SB season best | WL world leading (in a given season)

DNF = did not finish | DNS = did not start | DQ = disqualification | NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result) | Q = qualification by place in heat | q = qualification by overall place

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic 69.22 67.04 x 64.92 x 71.42 71.42 AR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Christina Obergföll  Germany 66.13 x 63.34 x x x 66.13
4 Goldie Sayers  Great Britain 65.75 59.40 62.92 59.72 65.03 56.83 65.75 NR
5 Steffi Nerius  Germany 64.05 62.25 59.97 x x 65.29 65.29
6 Osleidys Menéndez  Cuba 63.35 x x x x x 63.35
7 Barbara Madejczyk  Poland 58.74 59.16 58.67 x 58.21 62.02 62.02
8 Katharina Molitor  Germany 53.19 57.37 59.64 58.81 56.72 57.00 59.64
9 Mercedes Chilla  Spain x 57.94 58.13 58.13
10 Zhang Li  China 54.69 x 56.14 56.14
11 Sinta Ozoliņa  Latvia 50.67 53.38 52.23 53.38
12 Felicia Tilea-Moldovan  Romania 53.04 x 52.80 53.04
DSQ Mariya Abakumova  Russia 69.32 69.08 x 70.78 x 67.52 DSQ[3]

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