Aug. 9, 2012
Former Gopher Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic successfully defended her Olympic javelin title on Thursday night.
The 31-year-old Spotakova, who holds the world record, secured the gold medal with a best mark of 69.55 meters.
Spotakova's gold medal-winning throw came on her fourth attempt and was more than four meters longer than silver medalist Christina Obergfoll. Linda Stahl, also of Germany, claimed the bronze.
Spotakova competed for the Gophers during the 2002 season.
Gophers Wrap Up USATF Championships
Ashley Ramacher, Taylor Wiebke, and alum Jamie Cheever competed on days two and three of the USATF Outdoor Junior and Senior Championships.
Murphy, Alums Compete at USATF Championships
Nicolle Murphy competed in her first meet in nearly an entire calendar year Thursday evening in Sacramento, Calif.
Walking on to Greatness: Madeline Strandemo
Gophers distance runner Madeline Strandemo shares her journey from walk-on to Big Ten champion.