Barbora Špotáková

Barbora Špotáková (born 30 June 1981 in Jablonec nad Nisou) is a Czech javelin thrower. She is the current World and Olympic champion, as well as the world record holder.

Špotáková was an All-American at the University of Minnesota and won the silver medal at the 2006 European Championships in Gothenburg.

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 reaching 67 m mark. Most importantly, she became the Olympic winner in 2008 with her last throw, 71.42 m, which then was the new European record.

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.

Špotáková was a heptathlete in her early career, finishing fourth at the 2000 World Junior Championships. She is currently a member of the elite ASO (Armádní sportovní oddíl, Army Sport Group) of TJ Dukla Praha where Rudolf Černý is her coach.


Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 4th Heptathlon
5689 points
2005 Universiade İzmir, Turkey 1st 60.73m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th 61.60m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 66.12m PB
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 66.21m NR
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 67.07m NR
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 67.12m NR
2008 Olympic games Beijing, China 1st 71.42m ER
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 72.28m WR


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