Germany´s Christina Obergföll won the women´s javelin with a new world leading result 68.01m yesterday at the Diamond League meet held in Paris, under the name of Meeting Areva 2011. Her throw is also a new meeting record. The previous meeting record was held by Tatyana Shikolenko (RUS) with 64.58m.
It is significant that three throwers were beyond the previous meeting record as Mariya Abakumova (RUS), also the previous world leader, threw 65.01m in her first attempt. The world record holder (72.28m) Barbora Špotáková of Czech Republic was second with her season´s best 67.57m.
Top three finishers were clear. Fourth place went to British thrower Goldie Sayers with 62.14m. Fifth was Australian Kimberley Mickle with 61.97m who was followed by South-African javelin thrower Sunette Viljoen with her new season´s best throw of 61.74m.
Obergföll who celebrates her 30th birthday in August is the leader of the Diamond Ranking. She has 14 points total which gives her a superior lead over Mariya Abakumova (7p) and Barbora Špotáková (4p).
The next Diamond League meet for them will take place in Monaco on July 22nd as the women´s javelin is not included in the Birmingham´s Diamond League meet program.