Barbora Spotakova

After Ostrava black out, Spotakova looks forward to Rome Diamond League

World Record holder Barbora Spotáková of the Czech Republic looks angry with herself following a throw in the women's Javelin Throw final, ultimately she finished second with 66.42m (Getty Images)World Record holder Barbora Spotáková of the Czech Republic looks angry with herself following a throw in the women's Javelin Throw final, ultimately she finished second with 66.42m (Getty Images) © Copyright

It’s fair to say that Barbora Spotakova has experienced happier months than the one which has just passed. But the Czech Republic’s Olympic javelin champion is hopeful that June will be a happier time for her, and she is already looking forward to competing at the fourth IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome on the 10th.

The Diamond League Ambassador is also hoping that, by that time, with a bit of luck, her flat in Prague will have all its doors back on and a new kitchen installed…

“I was very disappointed in my performance at the IAAF (World Challenge) grand prix meeting in Ostrava on Thursday, where I was second place with a throw of 62.94 metres behind Slovenia’s Martina Ratej, who threw 64.68.

“I don’t usually look forward to Ostrava, because even though it is a home meeting for me, I don’t seem to win there. 

“The weather was probably the worst it has ever been there – it rained all the way through the women’s javelin competition. So the conditions were not good for throwing.

“I said to myself ‘I can probably do training more in the meeting, it doesn’t matter what happens with the result.’ But when you are there in front of more than 20,000 spectators - that matters!

“I had a very bad competition. It was like a technical black out. 

“It took me three days to get over it, to pick up my spirits. It really put me down. I was very bad to my boyfriend and my family – I didn’t talk to anybody. 

“But I’m happy because usually you must get a competition like this once a year, and in the Diamond League that’s impossible for me. And I’m happy too that my Achilles didn’t hurt me so much as it did in my first competition this season.

“The Doha Diamond League was a tough competition for me, because I was third until my final throw of 67.33m. Although Mariya Abakumova still won with 68.89, I was satisfied with my result.

“My Achilles tendon gave me a very horrible pain in Doha, and I wasn’t feeling in an optimistic mood when I finished the competition.

“But since then it has felt much better – I have felt the pain leaving a little bit more day by day. In fact, when I threw in Ostrava I was a bit tired because I had been able to train hard before it.

“I may throw at a Czech club meeting this weekend. I feel like I am going to be one hundred per cent for Rome, and I will be supported there by my boyfriend, Lukas.

“He and a friend have been working on renovating our flat since November, and today they are putting some doors back on! It’s an old property in the centre of Prague which I bought with my mum about 10 years ago.
“We couldn’t afford to renovate it, but since I became Olympic champion it has been possible for me. I’m not sure if it has been such a good idea, because a lot of time you think about things like the kitchen rather than your sport. But I hope it will all be finished by the time I get to Rome!"
 
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