Track Beauty of the Week: Barbora Špotáková

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.

Špotáková en route to the Olympic Gold (Photo from tn.nova.cz)

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.

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