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Spotakova wins women's javelin with last throw

By The Associated Press
Posted Thursday, August 21, 2008 8:51 AM ET
Czech Republic's Barbora Spotakova competes during the women's javelin throw qualification round at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 19, 2008. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Czech Republic's Barbora Spotakova competes during the women's javelin throw qualification round at the "Bird's Nest" National Stadium during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 19, 2008. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

BEIJING (AP) -- Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic won the Olympic gold medal in the women's javelin.

The reigning world champion was in second place until the last round Thursday night. She then set a European record of 234 feet, 4 inches on the next-to-last throw.

Maria Abakumova had set a European record of 232-2 to lead as light rain fell at the Bird's Nest. Going last, she was unable to regain the lead from Spotakova.

Christina Obergfoell of Germany, the silver medalist at the last two World Championships, was third at 216-11. Osleidys Menendez of Cuba, the 2004 Olympic champion and world record-holder, was sixth. No American qualified for the 12-woman final.

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