Christina Obergföll

Christina Obergföll (born 22 August 1981) is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. She was World Champion in 2013. Her personal best throw of 70.20 m is the German record. It also ranks her fourth on the overall list.

Christina Obergföll
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Obergföll in Berlin in 2011
Personal information
Born (1981-08-22) 22 August 1981 (age 39)
Lahr, West Germany
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
(m. 2013)
Country Germany
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)NR 70.20 m (2007)
Updated on 11 August 2012.


At the 2005 World Championships in Athletics, Obergföll won the silver medal with a European record (70.03m) by finishing second behind Osleidys Menéndez, who set a new world record at the same event.

Obergföll finished 4th at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg.

With 70.20m, she improved her own European record at the European Cup Super League meeting in Munich on 23 June 2007.[1]

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, she won the silver medal,[2] but lost the European record to Barbora Špotáková.

At the 2012 Olympics in London, she repeated her greatest success, when she won a silver medal.[2]

At the 2013 World Championships in Athletics, which was held in Moscow, Russia, Obergföll got the gold with a mark of 69.05 meters, reaching the success that she was always fighting for. Also in 2013, she married Boris Henry.

Obergföll took 2014 off due to being pregnant, but returned for the 2015 World Championships, where she finished fourth. In 2016, she finished eight at the Olympic Games and retired thereafter.

Competition recordEdit

Steffi Nerius and Obergföll celebrating at the 2007 World Championships.
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Germany
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 8th Javelin throw 50.23 m
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 9th Javelin throw 51.77 m
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 8th Javelin throw 54.28 m
Universiade Daegu, South Korea 8th Javelin throw 53.38 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 15th (q) Javelin throw 60.41 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd Javelin throw 70.03 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th Javelin throw 61.89 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd Javelin throw 66.46 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 2nd Javelin throw 66.13 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th Javelin throw 64.34 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 2nd Javelin throw 65.58 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd Javelin throw 65.24 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd Javelin throw 65.12 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd Javelin throw 65.16 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st Javelin throw 69.05 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 4th Javelin throw 64.61 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th Javelin throw 62.92 m


  1. ^ Wenig, Jörg. "70.20 European Javelin Throw record for Obergföll in Munich". IAAF. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Christina Obergföll". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
  Trine Hattestad
Women's javelin european record holder
14 August 2005 – 21 August 2008
Succeeded by
  Barbora Špotáková
Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Osleidys Menéndez
Women's Javelin Best Year Performance
2006, 2007
Succeeded by
  Barbora Špotáková
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Magdalena Neuner
German Sportswoman of the Year
Succeeded by
Maria Höfl-Riesch