Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's javelin throw

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Women's javelin throw
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date16–18 August 2016
Competitors31 from 19 nations
Winning distance66.18 m NR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Sara Kolak  Croatia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sunette Viljoen  South Africa
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic
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The women's javelin throw competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was held at the Olympic Stadium on 16–18 August.[1] Each athlete received three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieved the qualifying distance progressed to the final. Each finalist was allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.

Summary[edit]

In the qualifying round, Maria Andrejczyk threw a Polish national record 67.11m, moving her to the # 16 thrower of all time. Of course, several women on that same list also qualified for the final, including world record holder and 2016 non-Russian world leader Barbora Špotáková. Vera Rebrik had thrown 67.30 in February, but Russia was on suspension.

Flor Ruiz started the final round with a 61.54 m. Two throws later Tatsiana Khaladovich raised the stakes to 62.68 m. Two throws later Andrejczyk displaced Ruiz with a 61.92. Sunette Viljoen moved on top with a 64.92 m. Near the top of the second round, Kathryn Mitchell almost matched it with a 64.36 to move into silver position. 2015 World silver medalist Lü Huihui moved into bronze position with a 63.50 m that lasted until the end of the round when two-time defending champion Špotáková moved into the bronze position with a 63.73 m. Khaladovich came back in the third round with a 64.60 m to move into the silver spot. After the field dropped off returning bronze medalist Linda Stahl, 21 year old Sara Kolak threw 66.18 m (217 ft 1 in) to rocket from sixth to first. As second thrower in the fifth round, Andrejczyk threw 64.78 m to leapfrog from seventh to bronze medal position. That only lasted a few throwers until Špotáková threw 2 cm further.

For Kolak, whose previous medal collection included the bronze medal from the 2016 European Championships, it was a new Croatian National Record, beating the 64.30 m she set in qualifying, which beat the 63.50 she threw winning the European bronze. Prior to 2016, her best was still the national record, but was a 57.79 from 2013, improving 8.39 m (27 ft 6 in) in just 5 months. Kolak moved into the #20 position on the all-time list.

The following evening the medals were presented by Li Lingwei, IOC member, China and Alberto Juantorena, Vice President of the IAAF.

Schedule[edit]

All times are Brasília Time (UTC−3).

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 20:35 Qualifications
Thursday, 18 August 2016 21:10 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
2016 World leading  Barbora Špotáková (CZE) 66.87 m Tábor, Czech Republic 19 June 2016

The following national records were established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Distance Notes
Poland  Maria Andrejczyk (POL) Qualifying 67.11 m
Croatia  Sara Kolak (CRO) Qualifying 64.30 m
Final 66.18 m

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qualification rule: qualification standard 63.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 B Maria Andrejczyk  Poland 67.11 67.11 Q, NR
2 B Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic 62.50 64.65 64.65 Q
3 A Sara Kolak  Croatia 55.68 55.86 64.30 64.30 Q, NR
4 B Linda Stahl  Germany 63.95 63.95 Q
5 A Tatsiana Khaladovich  Belarus 63.78 63.78 Q
6 A Sunette Viljoen  South Africa 63.54 63.54 Q
7 A Lü Huihui  China 63.28 63.28 Q
8 B Madara Palameika  Latvia 63.03 63.03 Q
9 A Flor Ruiz  Colombia 62.32 59.89 59.99 62.32 q
10 A Christina Obergföll  Germany 57.75 62.18 x 62.18 q
11 A Christin Hussong  Germany 56.19 55.58 62.17 62.17 q
12 B Kathryn Mitchell  Australia x 60.05 61.63 61.63 q
13 B Kara Winger  United States 61.02 57.34 60.54 61.02
14 A Sinta Ozoliņa-Kovala  Latvia 60.92 58.08 x 60.92
15 B Li Lingwei  China 60.91 59.30 57.87 60.91
16 A Elizabeth Gleadle  Canada 59.18 60.28 58.74 60.28
17 B Kateryna Derun  Ukraine 60.02 54.86 x 60.02
18 A Martina Ratej  Slovenia 59.76 58.15 x 59.76
19 A Hanna Hatsko-Fedusova  Ukraine 58.90 x 58.38 58.90
20 B Liina Laasma  Estonia 58.06 56.21 56.62 58.06
21 B Yuki Ebihara  Japan 53.75 55.89 57.68 57.68
22 A Kim Mickle  Australia 57.20 x 55.93 57.20
23 A Liu Shiying  China 57.16 55.60 x 57.16
24 B Mathilde Andraud  France 56.61 56.01 56.13 56.61
25 A Maggie Malone  United States 56.47 x 46.87 56.47
26 B Tatsiana Korzh  Belarus 49.41 53.54 56.16 56.16
27 A Brittany Borman  United States 54.15 56.04 52.73 56.04
28 B Kelsey-Lee Roberts  Australia 44.75 55.04 55.25 55.25
29 A Yulenmis Aguilar  Cuba 54.84 x 54.94 54.94
30 B Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir  Iceland x 54.92 x 54.92
31 B Sanni Utriainen  Finland 53.42 x 52.45 53.42

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Sara Kolak  Croatia 60.89 62.95 63.00 66.18 x 59.42 66.18 NR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sunette Viljoen  South Africa 64.92 61.04 x 63.00 x x 64.92
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic 60.16 63.73 x 61.25 64.80 x 64.80
4 Maria Andrejczyk  Poland 61.92 59.25 60.23 59.31 64.78 63.69 64.78
5 Tatsiana Khaladovich  Belarus 62.68 60.24 64.60 60.49 63.52 64.24 64.60
6 Kathryn Mitchell  Australia x 64.36 x x 62.20 63.02 64.36
7 Lü Huihui  China 60.32 63.50 59.56 64.04 x 56.96 64.04 SB
8 Christina Obergföll  Germany 60.17 62.28 x x x 62.92 62.92
9 Flor Ruiz  Colombia 61.54 58.46 59.61 Did not advance 61.54
10 Madara Palameika  Latvia x x 60.14 Did not advance 60.14
11 Linda Stahl  Germany 58.48 x 59.71 Did not advance 59.71
12 Christin Hussong  Germany 54.99 54.47 57.70 Did not advance 57.70

References[edit]

  1. ^ Women's Javelin Throw - Standings Archived 2016-08-26 at the Wayback Machine rio2016.com Retrieved on 2016-08-19