Barbora Špotáková

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Barbora Špotáková
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Barbora Špotáková
Personal information
Born (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 38)
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechoslovakia
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) [1]
Weight80 kg (176 lb) [1]
CountryFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw

Barbora Špotáková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbarbora ˈʃpotaːkovaː] ; born 30 June 1981) is a Czech track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. She is a two-time Olympic Champion and three-time World Champion, as well as the current world record holder with a throw of 72.28 m.

Track and field Sport involving running, jumping and throwing disciplines

Track and field is a sport which includes athletic contests established on the skills of running, jumping, and throwing. The name is derived from where the sport takes place, a running track and a grass field for the throwing and some of the jumping events. Track and field is categorized under the umbrella sport of athletics, which also includes road running, cross country running, and race walking.

Javelin throw track and field athletics event where the javelin is thrown

The javelin throw is a track and field event where the javelin, a spear about 2.5 m in length, is thrown. The javelin thrower gains momentum by running within a predetermined area. Javelin throwing is an event of both the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon.

Olympic Games Major international sport event

The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions. The Olympic Games are considered the world's foremost sports competition with more than 200 nations participating. The Olympic Games are held every four years, with the Summer and Winter Games alternating by occurring every four years but two years apart.



Špotáková was an All-American during her one season at the University of Minnesota in 2001-02 [2] [3] and won the silver medal at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg.

University of Minnesota public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

The University of Minnesota is a public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses are approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) apart, and the St. Paul campus is actually in neighboring Falcon Heights. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 50,943 students in 2018-19. It is the flagship institution of the University of Minnesota System, and is organized into 19 colleges and schools, with sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.

Medal round piece of metal, often used as an award

A medal or medallion is a small portable artistic object, a thin disc, normally of metal, carrying a design, usually on both sides. They typically have a commemorative purpose of some kind, and many are given as awards. They may be intended to be worn, suspended from clothing or jewellery in some way. They may be struck like a coin by dies or die-cast in a mould.

Gothenburg City in Västergötland and Bohuslän, Sweden

Gothenburg is the second-largest city in Sweden, fifth-largest in the Nordic countries, and capital of the Västra Götaland County. It is situated by Kattegat, on the west coast of Sweden, and has a population of approximately 570,000 in the city center and about 1 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area.

Špotáková improved the Czech national record (previously 66.21 m held by herself since 2006) twice in the final of the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. She took an early lead for 66.40 m in the first attempt and secured the gold medal in the third attempt (67.07 m) before German Christina Obergföll (66.46 m). Špotáková became the seventh woman in the world to reach the 67 m mark. More importantly, she became the Olympic winner in 2008 with her last throw, 71.42 m, which then was the new European record.

2007 World Championships in Athletics 2007 edition of the World Championships in Athletics

The 11th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), were held at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan from 24 August to 2 September 2007. 200 of the IAAF's 212 member federations entered a total of 1,978 athletes, the greatest number of competitors at any World Championships to date. Sarah Brightman, the world's best-selling soprano, performed her single Running at the opening ceremony.

Osaka Designated city in Kansai, Japan

Osaka is a designated city in the Kansai region of Japan. It is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and the largest component of the Keihanshin Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan and among the largest in the world with over 19 million inhabitants.

Christina Obergföll German athlete

Christina Obergföll 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.

At the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final on 13 September 2008, Špotáková broke the world record in the first round to win the competition with a throw of 72.28 m.

The 6th IAAF World Athletics Final was held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart, Germany on September 13 and September 14, 2008.

Špotáková was a heptathlete in her early career, finishing fourth at the 2000 World Junior Championships. Špotáková also won the International Combined Events Meeting in Hexham in 2000 before she went on to study in the USA and specialise in Javelin throwing. She is currently a member of the elite ASO (Armádní sportovní oddíl, Army Sport Group) of Dukla Prague. Until the end of the 2010 season she was coached by Rudolf Černý, who led her from a national elite level heptathlete to the World Record in the Women's Javelin. Prior to the 2011 season it was announced that Jan Železný would take over as her coach. [4] At the end of 2010 she won the Czech federation's annual poll for "Athlete of the year" for the fourth year in a row. [4] Then she won it again in 2011, making it five years in a row. Barbora Špotáková is consecutive winner of 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.

2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics

The 2000 World Junior Championships in Athletics were held in Santiago, Chile between 17–22 October 2000.

Dukla Prague association football club in Prague, Czech Republic

Dukla Prague was a Czech football club from the city of Prague. Established in 1948 as ATK Praha, the club won a total of 11 Czechoslovak league titles and eight Czechoslovak Cups, and in the 1966–67 season, reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. As late as 1985–86 they reached the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup semi-final and they also made a great impact in the American Challenge Cup competition in New York City with four wins between 1961 and 1964. The club sent seven players to the silver medal winning Czechoslovakia national team in the 1962 World Cup, in a year which saw them win the fifth of their domestic league titles as well as their player Josef Masopust be named European Footballer of the Year. Between the start of the competition in 1955 and 1991, Dukla played more matches in the European Cup than any other team in Czechoslovakia.

A heptathlon is a track and field combined events contest made up of seven events. The name derives from the Greek hepta (seven) and ἄθλος. A competitor in a heptathlon is referred to as a heptathlete.

Špotáková gave birth to a son Janek in May 2013 and did not compete at the world championships in Moscow later that year. [5]

Moscow Capital of Russia

Moscow is the capital and most populous city of Russia, with 13.2 million residents within the city limits, 17 million within the urban area and 20 million within the metropolitan area. Moscow is one of Russia's federal cities.

In 2014, Špotáková finally captured the one major title to have eluded her, winning the European Championships in Zürich, Switzerland with a throw of 64.41 m. [6]

Špotáková reunited with her former coach Rudolf Černý in 2015 to train for The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where she won the bronze medal with a throw of 64.80m.


Špotáková is a fan of Czech rock band "Tři Sestry" (Three Sisters). Before the Olympic Games in 2008, their leader Lou Fanánek Hagen announced that if she wins the gold medal, the band will record a song in her honor. After she had indeed won the Olympics, Tři Sestry recorded a song called "Čtvrtá sestra" (The fourth sister) celebrating her triumph.


Representing the Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 4th 5689 pts (Heptathlon)
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 6th 56.65 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 23rd58.20 m
2005 Universiade İzmir, Turkey 1st60.73 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th61.60 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden2nd66.12 m PB
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany1st66.21 m NR
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan1st67.07 m NR
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany1st67.12 m NR
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China1st71.42 m AR
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany1st72.28 m WR
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany2nd66.42 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 2nd63.45 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain3rd65.36 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 71.58 m; gold medal inherited in 2018 after Mariya Abakumova’s disqualification for doping [7]
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom1st69.55 m
2014 European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 1st64.41 m
IAAF Continental Cup Marrakesh, Morocco 1st65.52 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 9th 60.08 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 64.80 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 1st 66.76 m

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  2. Deutsch, Brian (2 July 2008), "Gophers assistant coach punches Olympic ticket" Archived 14 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine The Minnesota Daily
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Preceded by
Flag of Germany.svg Christina Obergföll
Women's javelin european record holder
21 August 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Flag of Cuba.svg Osleidys Menéndez
Women's javelin world record holder
13 September 2008 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Martina Sáblíková
Petra Kvitová
Czech Athlete of the Year
Succeeded by
Martina Sáblíková
Zuzana Hejnová