After a serious injury in her Achilles tendon, Mercedes Chilla, Spain’s javelin recordholder, is back to competition. After eleven months away from the runway, she come back in Valencia on April 27th with a best throw of 53m (173′ 10″); but last weekend, in her second competition this season she threw 58,06m (190′ 5″) on her second attempt. Her contest was 55,92m (183′ 5″) – 58,06m (190′ 5″)- foul – 55,18m (181′).
Chilla finished first, followed by her teammate Nora Aida Bicet, with 54,24m (177′ 11″). Now, Chilla is second in Spanish ranking, 43cm (1′ 4″) behind Bicet who this weekend will represent València Terra i Mar, their team, on European Champion Clubs Cup.
It was on 2012 European Champion Clubs Cup when Chilla injured. She suffered a partial rupture of the Achilles tendon, and last summer she missed European Athletics Championship in Helsinki and London 2012 Olympic Games. Until then, she only could throw 57,40m (188′ 3″) on May 19th, just one week before her injury in Portugal.
After missing the most important competitions last year, we’re sure she will focus all her efforts to get the standard qualification for the World Championships this summer in Moscow, Russia. B qualification standard is 60m (196′ 10″), just two meters more than Chilla’s season best; and A qualification standard is 62m (203′ 4″), so there will be an interesting fight between Chilla and Bicet to be in Moscow. Every country only one can send one athlete per event with B qualification standard.
Mercedes Chilla’s best result in an international competition was her third place at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Göteborg, Sweden, with 61,98m (203′ 4″), behind German Steffi Nerius and Czech Barbora Špotáková. She won 2010 Ibero-American Championship in San Fernando (Spain), just one week before she broke her own national record with 64,07m (210′ 2″). She has 4 apperances in World Championships and was an Olympian in Athens 2004 (22nd) and Beijing 2008 (9th).
Photo: Ragnar Singsaas