Spotakova returns to competition with 63.85m in Kolin

Barbora Spotakova at the IAAF World Championships London 2017
European Athletics

Reigning world javelin champion Barbora Spotakova will return to international competition in the Rome Diamond League next month

In her first competition since August 2017, Barbora Spotakova sent the javelin out to 63.85m in Kolin in the Czech Republic on Thursday (23) evening.

Spotakova’s throw was in excess of the qualifying mark for the IAAF World Championships in Doha, although she would have qualified by virtue of her status as reigning champion.

The Czech missed the 2018 season on maternity leave but not only does Spotakova have aspirations of defending her world title at the end of the season, she also has her sights on a fifth Olympic appearance in Tokyo next summer.

If Spotakova makes it to Tokyo next year, she will be in contention to emulate her former coach Jan Zelezny to win three Olympic titles in the event.

“I felt good before the competition but I was a little nervous and curious about myself. It is a good base for upcoming competitions and I am glad that after the break I was able to show that I can throw well in my first competition,” she said.

Spotakova’s first international competition of the season will be the Rome Diamond League on 6 June. She will face reigning European champion Christin Hussong from Germany and world leader Lyu Huihui from China.