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Track Beauty of the Week: Barbora Špotáková
June 10, 2011Posted by on
Barbora Špotáková is this week’s track beauty!
The 29-year old Špotáková is the world record holder for the javelin throw, following in the footsteps of her coach and compatriot, the great Jan Železný.
The Czech started out as a world class heptathlete, finishing in the top eight of the 2000 World Junior Championships. She took her tertiary studies at the University of Minnesota, where Špotáková became an All-American. She shifted events and focused on the javelin.
Photos from sport.idnes.cz
After finishing twenty-eighth at the 2004 Athens Olympics, Špotáková made waves when she won silver at the 2006 European Championships in Goteborg. The 25-year old threw the javelin to a distance of 65.64m. It’s important to note that the Czech improved her personal best by a massive five meters from 2004 to 2005.
Since then, her climb to the top of the javelin elite became a straightforward march. She was crowned World Champion in 2007 (67.02m). Špotáková reached the pinnacle of the athletics world when she won the 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medal, throwing a new European record of 71.42m in the final. Next year, she rewrote the world mark with her 72.28m heave.