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2011 World Championships in Athletics Daegu, South Korea

2011 13th IAAF World Championships - Daegu - Women's Javelin Throw

 

 

Host City: Daegu, South KoreaFormat: Qualifying round (61.00 or top 12 to final) (Sep 1)
Dates: 27 August – 4 September 2011
Nations participating: 204
Athletes participating: 1848
  Main venue: Daegu Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
Obergföll, who led the qualifiers with 68.76, and Špotáková were the athletes most highly regarded. The Czech opened with 68.80 to confirm the opinion of the experts, and then the fireworks started. Abakumova followed Špotáková’s second round 67.90 with an arrow of a throw which landed at 71.25. Wonderfully consistent, the Czech star then threw 68.64 and 67.12. Behind the big two Viljoen’s 65.20 in round two was overtaken by Obergföll’s fourth of 65.24. In a wonderful sequence of throws in the fifth, Viljoen threw an African record 68.38, Špotáková went out to 71.58, and then Abakumova again improved her national record with 71.99. After the competition, the effervescent Russian happily showed the strapping covering an injury on her right heel which had threatened to prevent her from competing. “It’s a mystery to me why the javelin went so far and floated so high,” she explained. “The air seemed to catch it and it went on and on.” For years, this was regarded as the greatest ever women’s javelin contest. Then in 2016, the IOC announced that Abakumova was to be stripped of the Olympic silver medal she won in 2008, after a re-test of her doping sample from those Games found traces of the prohibited substance turinabol. Two years later, the AIU confirmed that judgement as well as reporting that she had failed a further re-test of her Daegu sample. All her 61 results between the Augusts of 2008 and 2012 were disqualified, and so Špotáková gained another world title.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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