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Barbora Špotáková
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Barbora Špotáková
Personal information
Born (1981-06-30) 30 June 1981 (age 42)
Jablonec nad Nisou, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.82 m
Weight 80 kg
Country  Czech Republic
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Javelin throw
Medal record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 2 0 1
World Championships 3 1 0
European Championships 1 1 2
Continental Cup 1 0 0
Universiade 1 0 0
Total 8 2 3
Olympic Games
Gold 2008 Beijing Javelin throw
Gold 2012 London Javelin throw
Bronze 2016 Rio de Janeiro Javelin throw
World Championships
Gold 2007 Osaka Javelin throw
Gold 2011 Daegu Javelin throw
Gold 2017 London Javelin throw
Silver 2009 Berlin Javelin throw
European Championships
Gold 2014 Zürich Javelin throw
Silver 2006 Gothenburg Javelin throw
Bronze 2010 Barcelona Javelin throw
Bronze 2022 Munich Javelin throw
Gold 2005 Izmir Javelin throw
Continental Cup
Gold 2014 Marrakech Javelin throw
Diamond League
Gold 2010 Javelin throw
Gold 2012 Javelin throw
Gold 2014 Javelin throw
Gold 2015 Javelin throw
Gold 2017 Javelin throw

Barbora Špotáková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈbarbora ˈʃpotaːkovaː]; born 30 June 1981) is a former Czech track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. She is a two-time Olympic Champion and three-time World Champion, as well as the current world record holder with a throw of 72.28 m.


Špotáková was a heptathlete in her early career, finishing fourth at the 2000 World Junior Championships. She also won the International Combined Events Meeting in Hexham in 2000 before she went on to study in the USA and specialise in Javelin throwing. She was an All-American during her one season at the University of Minnesota in 2001-02, 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 to reach the 67 m mark. At the 2008 Olympics, she won the gold medal, taking the lead with her last throw, 71.42 m, which set a 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.

Until the end of the 2010 season she was coached by Rudolf Černý, who led her from a national elite level heptathlete to the World Record in the Women's Javelin. Prior to the 2011 season it was announced that Jan Železný would take over as her coach. At the end of 2010 she won the Czech federation's annual poll for "Athlete of the year" for the fourth year in a row. Then she won it again in 2011, making it five years in a row. She won her second Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics.

Špotáková gave birth to a son in May 2013 and did not compete at the world championships in Moscow later that year. In 2014, she won the European Championships in Zürich, Switzerland with a throw of 64.41 m.

Špotáková reunited with her former coach Rudolf Černý in 2015 to train for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where she won the bronze medal with a throw of 64.80m.

On 9 September 2022 Špotáková announced her retirement from professional sport.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  Czech Republic
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 4th 5689 pts (Heptathlon)
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 6th 56.65 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 23rd 58.20 m
2005 Universiade İzmir, Turkey 1st 60.73 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th 61.60 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 66.12 m PB
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 66.21 m NR
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 67.07 m NR
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 67.12 m NR
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 71.42 m AR
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 72.28 m WR
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd 66.42 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 2nd 63.45 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 65.36 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 71.58 m;
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st 69.55 m
2014 European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 1st 64.41 m
IAAF Continental Cup Marrakesh, Morocco 1st 65.52 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 9th 60.08 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd 64.80 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 1st 66.76 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 9th 59.87 m
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 14th (q) 60.52 m
2022 European Championships Munich, Germany 3rd 60.68 m

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