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

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.

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 place, gold medalist(s) Sara Kolak  Croatia
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sunette Viljoen  South Africa
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Barbora Špotáková  Czech Republic
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SummaryEdit

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.

ScheduleEdit

All times are Brasília Time (UTC−3).

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 20:35 Qualifications
Thursday, 18 August 2016 21:10 Finals

RecordsEdit

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

ResultsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

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

FinalEdit

Rank Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
  Sara Kolak   Croatia 60.89 62.95 63.00 66.18 x 59.42 66.18 NR
  Sunette Viljoen   South Africa 64.92 61.04 x 63.00 x x 64.92
  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

ReferencesEdit

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