The womens’s javelin competition was promising a fight between the Czech Barbora Spotakova and the German Linda Stahl who is the current world leader with 67,32m. The Czech javelin thrower Barbora Spotakova won the womens event with 64,41m, followed by Tatjana Jelaca who produced a new national record of 64,21m and the German Linda Stahl 63,91m.
While checking the seasons top list one would have expected a fight between Barbora Spotakova and Linda Stahl. Spotakova who just entered the javelin scene again after her baby break did not expect much from the competition, at least she said so :D. Nevertheless, she is one of the throwers everyone should keep in mind while thinking of women javelin throwing. She never won a European Championship so far but two times the Olympic Games and once the World Championships.
In absence of another great German javelin thrower, Christina Obergföll, (Now its her turn for a baby break) Linda Stahl was the German hope to get a gold medal. Especially due to her world leading throw one could expect some big throws. She did not plan to get gold due to the reason that she focused on her PhD (which she successfully achieved). Linda said every medal would make her happy.
Linda Stahl opened the competition with 63,91m which was enough to lead the competition until the 5th round. None of the other throwers came close to the throw of Linda and hence everyone thought gold medal is now even possible. But then the big surprise. The Serbian Tatjana Jelaca produced a new national record and pushed Linda from the first position. Just a few moments after also Barbora Spotakova improved her previous results with a throw of 64,41m.
During the last attempt Linda could not improve any further and remained with the bronze medal. Spotakova underlined once again that every thrower should count on her getting a medal.
I do not feel like dancing today despite the fact that I finally managed to win because I feel ashamed that I showed just one good attempt and I won. Maybe I have so much luck or there must be somebody watching me from above. My throws seemed really poor and I tried to do many things to improve – I also changed my spikes. But nothing helped. My coach Jan Zelezny was desperate and almost faint when he saw how I was throwing. Then, I was thinking: Hey, this is maybe your last European champiosnhips in your life – it cannot end like this, with such a bad performance. Then, Jelaca achieved the national record and I told to myslef I have to push it harder. And it worked out. It was a bit funny because she told me how she admires me and that I am her idol, but in fact, she helped me today too. My last medal into the full collection – glad that I finally completed it and want to say thank you to all the people who were supporting me in my comeback after giving a birth to my son.
I’m very happy to get the silver medal and the national record – I don’t know what to say, it’s a dream come true. I’ve thrown further than this in training. This is my first senior championship medal and it has really motivated me for the future. I very much enjoyed the competition, I wasn’t nervous – I believe in myself. I’m used to this company, they are my competitors not my idols.
I believe that in order to get gold I would have had to throw further. I always knew that somebody would do a big throw and go for the gold. But I was also sure that I could attack again – like in previous championships – which I did not unfortunately. I am satisfied with my bronze medal, I would not say that I lost the gold medal because 63m was never enough for a gold medal. I passed my final exams to become a doctor and after that I was really ready for a holiday. So with my bronze medal I cannot be unhappy. I still have three or four upcoming competitions and then I will need a loooooong holiday.