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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (60.50 or top 12 to final) (Aug 12)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
At the ripe old age of 25, Menéndez was competing in her fifth World championships, aiming to regain the title she had won in her world record year of 2001. After throwing 65.77 in the qualifying round, trailing the personal best 66.52 of veteran Nerius, Menéndez set up for her first throw drawn at the end of the opening round. Again trailing Nerius, who led with 65.96, the powerful (1.78/80Kg) Cuban launched a throw which had the knowledgeable Finnish crowd buzzing with expectation before the spear landed. It was measured at 71.70, a new world record; normally such a throw kills off the opposition, but on this occasion it engendered a magnificent reaction. Obergföll, with a lifetime best of 64.59 hit a perfect throw, and was rewarded with a European record 70.03. She later said “I cannot explain what happened today.” Nerius’s throw held up for the bronze medal, while Helsinki held its reputation as the spiritual home of javelin throwing as the top five throwers came away with lifetime bests.
 The Women's Javelin Throw event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 12 and August 14. It was a high-quality contest where Olympic champion Osleidys Menéndez set a new world record whereas Christina Obergföll set a new European record.

Records

Standing records prior to the 2005 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Osleidys Menéndez (CUB) 71.54 m July 1, 2001 Greece Rethymno, Greece
Event Record  Osleidys Menéndez (CUB) 69.53 m August 6, 2001 Canada Edmonton, Canada
Season Best  Sonia Bisset (CUB) 67.67 m July 6, 2005 Spain Salamanca, Spain
Broken records during the 2005 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Osleidys Menéndez (CUB) 71.70 m August 14, 2005 Finland Helsinki, Finland
Event Record  Osleidys Menéndez (CUB) 71.70 m August 14, 2005 Finland Helsinki, Finland
 
  Javelin Throw 14 August
  Final

Event Report - Women Javelin Throw Final

Menendez wins gold with world record

Maybe there was something in the air, but this was obviously a night for javelin throwing. How appropriate that at last, on the last night – the calmest evening of the entire championships – Finland should finally live up to its name as the land of the javelin.

Not only did Olympic champion Osleidys Menendez regain her world title by breaking her own world record – with a massive first round throw of 71.70 that effectively killed off the competition – but in the very next round Germany’s Christina Obergfoll set a new European record of 70.03, making her the second longest thrower of all time. It was five metres longer than she has ever thrown before.

This was already the best javelin competition ever. And it had only just begun.

Germany’s Steffi Nerius had laid down an early marker whipping her very first throw out to 65.96. In the end that turned out only to be good enough for bronze.

Finland’s Tarvainen got the crowd going by also exceeding 60 metres, throwing a season’s best of 62.64 for second place. But it was at the end of the round when the competition’s great moment came.

Menendez settled all questions of the Gold medal with her very first effort. Drawn to throw last of the 12 competitors, she took her customary short run-up and launched her spear out beyond the 70 metre mark – way beyond.

After a few moments wait the distance appeared on the in field board, 71.70. Game over. With another five rounds of the competition still to come the battle was already for the minor medals.

Only Britain’s Fatima Whitbread in 1987, with a completely different type of javelin, has ever thrown further to win the gold. Menendez ran to the trackside and grabbed a Cuban flag to wave for the eager photographers.

No one else in the world has ever thrown over 70 metres with the current model. No one was going to do it here. Were they?

Obergfoll’s unbelievable effort came in the very next round. Now it was her turn to jump in the air and put her hands over her mouth. She passed the next round, overcome with emotion at what she had achieved.

Minutes later Denmark’s Christina Scherwin improved her national record by more than half a metre to 62.32. Within just two rounds we’d already had a world record, an area record and a national record.

The only disappointment for the javelin-mad Finns was that at the half way stage their girl – Paula Tarvainen – had been pushed back to fourth place after initially lying second, and their old favourite, the 1995 bronze medallist Mikaela Ingberg, finished ninth and was eliminated.

Scherwin did it again in the fourth round – pushing her Danish record out by another metre to 63.43, good enough for fourth place. Nerius, who’d topped the qualifying competition and taken an early lead in the final was now hanging on to the bronze.

Obergfoll passed rounds four and five while Menendez had two more over 60, one of which was 65.53. But the positions were unchanged at the start of the final round.

Zahra Bani caught the habit in the sixth round, throwing the fifth personal best of the night, 62.75, to push Tarvainen down to sixth. The Finn had one final chance to get a medal but she’d need to throw longer than she ever had before. It didn’t happen.

Obergfoll had one last go but it was a half-hearted attempt. Menendez didn’t even bother.

It may not have been a good night for Finland; but it was a good night for javelin all right.

1 Osleidis Menéndez CUB 14 Nov 79 71.70 AR WR
2 Christina Obergföll GER 22 Aug 81 70.03 AR
3 Steffi Nerius GER 1 Jul 72 65.96  
4 Christina Scherwin DEN 11 Jul 76 63.43 NR
5 Zahra Bani ITA 31 Dec 79 62.75  
6 Paula Tarvainen FIN 17 Feb 73 62.64  
7 Sonia Bisset CUB 1 Apr 71 61.75  
8 Aggelikí Tsiolakoúdi GRE 10 May 76 57.99  
9 Mikaela Ingberg FIN 29 Jul 74 57.54  
10 Lavern Eve BAH 16 Jun 65 57.10  
11 Rumyana Karapetrova BUL 7 Feb 82 57.06  
12 Goldie Sayers GBR 16 Jul 82 54.44  
Final 19:25h Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Osleidys Menendez CUB 71.70m 71.70 X - 65.53 63.80 -
2 Christina Obergfoll GER 70.03m 61.55 70.03 - - - 59.67
3 Steffi Nerius GER 65.96m 65.96 X X 64.26 64.35 X
4 Christina Scherwin DEN 63.43m 59.36 62.32 60.04 63.43 X X
5 Zahra Bani ITA 62.75m 55.28 60.71 54.06 X 56.16 62.75
6 Paula Tarvainen FIN 62.64m 62.64 X X X 56.89 X
7 Sonia Bisset CUB 61.75m X 59.55 59.71 58.62 61.75 60.57
8 Aggeliki Tsiolakoudi GRE 57.99m 57.30 57.99 56.78 X X 56.63
9 Mikaela Ingberg FIN 57.54m 56.77 55.70 57.54
10 Laverne Eve BAH 57.10m X 51.96 57.10
11 Rumyana Karapetrova BUL 57.06m 57.06 53.54 55.73
12 Goldie Sayers GBR 54.44m 54.44 54.16 52.94
  Qualification 12 August

Event Report - Women Javelin Throw Qualification

Cuba v Germany in Javelin final

Olympic champion and world record holder Osleidys Menendez made light work of qualifying for the women’s Javelin final on an afternoon blessed with bright sunshine and relatively gentle winds.

The Cuban is known for throwing long on her first attempt and with the competition barely five minutes old she effortlessly whipped the javelin out to 65.77, more than five metres beyond the automatic qualifying distance. It was sure confirmation, if any were needed, that she is the woman to beat in Sunday’s final.

Menendez obviously feels at home in the land of the javelin – it was on the warm-up track here in July that she threw 68.47, the longest throw in the world this year and the seventh longest ever with the new specification javelin.

Two women look capable of challenging her, however – fellow Cuban, Sonia Bisset, who also needed only one throw of 64.50 to go through; and Germany’s Olympic silver medallist Steffi Nerius, who continued her run of good form with another personal best, 66.52, the longest of the qualifying competition.

You could tell conditions in the Olympic stadium had at last taken a turn for the better when the opening throw of the entire competition flew over the orange tape marking 60.50. Unfortunately, that effort, by Germany’s new hope Christina Obergfoll, was a foul.

Obergfoll, the fourth longest thrower in the world this year, later threw 61.59, exactly three metres short of the pb she set on 21 May, setting up a Cuba versus Germany contest in the final.

The Commonwealth champion Eve Laverne, competing in her eighth world championships, also needed three attempts to before qualify. She did so automatically with her best of the year, 61.12.

By contrast, defending champion Mirela Manjani was way off mark. The Greek, who has been off form all season, failed to go through after fouling three times, the third landing outside the left hand edge of the sector.

Apart from the top three, the only other thrower to qualify with her first effort was Britain’s Goldie Sayers, who’s is partly coached by Finland’s Mikaela Ingberg, a world bronze medallist ten years ago.

Like Sayers, Ingberg, wearing her trademark head gear (a head band this year rather than a scarf), was throwing in group A – surely one of the few occasions when a coach and their athlete have appeared together in the same qualifying competition. Ingberg attracted the biggest cheers of the morning with her third throw, which sailed out to 61.06, her longest this year.

The final should be a rousing, flag waving affair as Ingberg’s compatriot Paula Tarvainen also qualified with a third round throw of 60.83, the sixth longest of the competition. She needed all the support she could get today. Lying in 13th place before her final throw – the very last of the competition – she sent the spear out on a wave of noise to grab the last place in the final.

The Finns can be sure of huge support, of course – a home-made banner fluttering at the end of the stadium proclaimed ‘Finland: the javelin country’ – but both Ingberg and Tarvainen had shoulder surgery after last year’s Olympics and before today they hadn’t figured among the top throwers this year.

Tarvainen’s last gasp effort pushed one notable name out of Sunday’s final – the Czech Republic’s Barbara Spotakova, the sixth longest thrower in the world this year. Spotakova thought she’d saved herself with a third round throw of 58.74, nearly four metres below what she is capable of, but was pushed back to 13th by the Finn.

  Group A
1 Osleidis Menéndez CUB 14 Nov 79 65.77 Q  
2 Christina Obergföll GER 22 Aug 81 61.59 Q  
3 Mikaela Ingberg FIN 29 Jul 74 61.06 Q  
4 Goldie Sayers GBR 16 Jul 82 60.67 Q  
5 Christina Scherwin DEN 11 Jul 76 60.11 q  
6 Aggelikí Tsiolakoúdi GRE 10 May 76 59.06 q  
7 Mercedes Chilla ESP 19 Jan 80 58.38  
8 Olha Ivankova UKR 7 Jan 73 56.56  
9 Claudia Coslovich ITA 26 Apr 72 55.78  
10 Kim Kreiner USA 26 Jul 77 55.05  
11 Felicia Tilea ROU 29 Sep 67 54.68  
12 Nora Bicet CUB 29 Oct 77 54.52  
13 Inga Stasiulionytė LTU 29 Jun 81 54.38  
14 Moonika Aava EST 19 Jun 79 54.24  
15 Mariya Yakovenko RUS 6 Jan 82 50.37  
  Group B
1 Steffi Nerius GER 1 Jul 72 66.52 Q  
2 Sonia Bisset CUB 1 Apr 71 64.50 Q  
3 Lavern Eve BAH 16 Jun 65 61.12 Q  
4 Paula Tarvainen FIN 17 Feb 73 60.83 Q  
5 Zahra Bani ITA 31 Dec 79 60.09 q  
6 Rumyana Karapetrova BUL 7 Feb 82 59.22 q  
7 Barbora Špotáková CZE 30 Jun 81 58.74  
8 Olivia McKoy JAM 1 Dec 73 58.49  
9 Barbara Madejczyk POL 30 Sep 76 57.14  
10 Inga Kožarenoka LAT 16 Mar 82 56.71  
11 Nikolett Szabó HUN 3 Mar 80 55.17  
12 Sávva Líka GRE 27 Jun 70 55.03  
13 Xue Juan CHN 10 Feb 86 53.81  
14 Serafina Akeli SAM 7 Dec 78 47.37  
Miréla Manjani GRE 21 Dec 76 NM  
 
Group A 13:20h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Osleidys Menendez CUB 65.77m 65.77
2 Christina Obergfoll GER 61.59m X 59.60 61.59
3 Mikaela Ingberg FIN 61.06m 56.52 55.58 61.06
4 Goldie Sayers GBR 60.67m 60.67
5 Christina Scherwin DEN 60.11m X 60.11 X
6 Aggeliki Tsiolakoudi GRE 59.06m 54.35 57.15 59.06
7 Mercedes Chilla ESP 58.38m X 57.82 58.38
8 Olha Ivankova UKR 56.56m 56.56 55.56 56.53
9 Claudia Coslovich ITA 55.78m 54.29 55.78 X
10 Kim Kreiner USA 55.05m 55.05 50.55 52.88
11 Felicia Tilea-Moldovan ROM 54.68m X 50.66 54.68
12 Noraida Bicet CUB 54.52m X 54.52 X
13 Inga Stasiulionyte LTU 54.38m 54.38 51.22 51.53
14 Moonika Aava EST 54.24m 50.57 54.24 52.60
15 Mariya Yakovenko RUS 50.37m 50.37 49.85 49.93
Group B 14:40h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Steffi Nerius GER 66.52m 66.52
2 Sonia Bisset CUB 64.50m 64.50
3 Laverne Eve BAH 61.12m 54.27 57.68 61.12
4 Paula Tarvainen FIN 60.83m 58.53 X 60.83
5 Zahra Bani ITA 60.09m 60.09 X 55.76
6 Rumyana Karapetrova BUL 59.22m 57.45 59.22 58.07
7 Barbora Spotakova CZE 58.74m 57.21 56.51 58.74
8 Olivia McKoy JAM 58.49m 58.49 X 54.63
9 Barbara Madejczyk POL 57.14m 48.11 57.14 56.66
10 Inga Kozarenoka LAT 56.71m 53.78 56.71 50.46
11 Nikolett Szabo HUN 55.17m 53.01 52.26 55.17
12 Savva Laka GRE 55.03m 48.33 50.24 55.03
13 Juan Xue CHN 53.81m 50.53 53.81 X
14 Serafina Akeli SAM 47.37m 43.52 47.37 46.59
- Mirela Manjani GRE NM X X X

Group A 12 AUG 2005 13:20 

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 311 Christina Obergföll GER GER 64.59 64.59
2 198 Moonika Aava EST EST 61.42 56.78
3 154 Olisdeilys Menéndez CUB CUB 71.54 68.47
4 336 Aggelikí Tsiolakoúdi GRE GRE 63.14 62.72
5 478 Inga Stasiulionyté LTU LTU 62.27 62.27
6 145 Nora Aida Bicet CUB CUB 63.32 59.20
7 600 Felicia Tilea-Moldovan ROU ROU 63.89 61.65
8 283 Goldie Sayers GBR GBR 61.45 61.45
9 375 Claudia Coslovich ITA ITA 65.30 58.38
10 806 Kim Kreiner USA USA 60.86 59.24
11 747 Olha Ivankova UKR UKR 60.74 60.74
12 170 Christina Scherwin DEN DEN 61.72 61.72
13 225 Mikaela Ingberg FIN FIN 64.03 60.45
14 672 Mariya Yakovenko RUS RUS 60.83 60.83
15 184 Mercedes Chilla ESP ESP 62.32 60.22

Group B 12 AUG 2005 14:40 

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 326 Miréla Manjani GRE GRE 67.51 59.22
2 414 Olivia McKoy JAM JAM 61.10 61.10
3 352 Nikolett Szabó HUN HUN 64.62 61.68
4 121 Juan Xue CHN CHN 62.93 59.72
5 84 Rumyana Karapetrova BUL BUL 60.69 60.69
6 678 Serafina Akeli SAM SAM 54.78 50.20
7 159 Barbora Špotáková CZE CZE 62.69 62.69
8 369 Zahra Bani ITA ITA 62.54 62.54
9 25 Lavern Eve BAH BAH 63.73 61.11
10 468 Inga Kožarenoka LAT LAT 59.97 59.97
11 552 Barbara Madejczyk POL POL 61.72 61.72
12 325 Sávva Líka GRE GRE 62.89 57.88
13 146 Sonia Bisset CUB CUB 67.67 67.67
14 234 Paula Tarvainen FIN FIN 64.90 60.73
15 310 Steffi Nerius GER GER 66.43 66.43

 

 

 

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