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.
Distance Gophers Open Competition at Drake
Minnesota's 4x1600m relay team placed sixth and Emily Betz took eighth in the 10,000m Thursday night.
Gopher Hurdlers Enjoy Unique Bond
Minnesota's top two hurdlers in program history are teammates and competitors, but their friendship comes first.
Esser Earns B1G Weekly Honors
The B1G leader in the discus, Agnes Esser is this week's Big Ten Conference Field Athlete of the Week.