Samsung Diamond League Ambassador Barbora Spotakova is now heading towards the London Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace with high hopes that the elbow injury which hindered her at the recently completed European Championships, where she had to settle for bronze after being overhauled by German throwers Linda Stahl and Christina Obergfoll, is responding to treatment.
“I’m satisfied with the medal. I was satisfied as soon as I finished the competition. That was partly because I was the only member of the Czech team to win a medal in Barcelona. And I think it was the best performance I could give because I had the handicap of an elbow injury.
“The injury happened on my second throw at the Herculis Diamond League meeting in Monte Carlo two weeks’ earlier. I could only manage two throws in Monte Carlo. The day after the competition it was not too bad, but the day after that it was really bad. That’s always the way with javelin throwing!
“Two days after the meeting I couldn’t hold anything in my throwing hand and I thought to myself: ‘There’s no chance of throwing in the European Championships.’ But the physio did a great job, and I was able to compete in Barcelona.
“My throw in qualifying (65.56m) was very much better than anything I managed in the final itself. That gave me a lot of self-confidence, and I went into the final feeling more secure, thinking ‘I can try. I can maybe win.’ But it didn’t go so well for me as in the qualifying.
“My first throw, 65.36 put me into the lead, but I didn’t think it would be enough, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to make all my other throws. I knew the other girls had been concentrating on the European Championships and working very hard for them.
“The German girls who finished first and second are generally not competing in the Diamond League. So for the Europeans they compete at home and are 100 per cent ready and can beat all the people that are attending the Diamond Leagues.
“But I decided to be part of the Diamond League and I am not regretting the decision. I think I will be up to competing again in two weeks’ time, which will mean at the London Diamond League meeting. Apart from my elbow I am in very good shape – I will have a CT scan on it to check my progress as soon as I get back home to Prague. So I am looking forward to being in London now.
“I really enjoyed being in Barcelona. Lukas, my boyfriend, was with me, and other family and friends, and we looked all round the sights of the city after my competition. We had a lot of fun. And of course we drank some beer – I enjoyed the San Miguel!
“I was proud of the medal I won, but the only difficult thing was that none of my team-mates managed to win a medal too. But I was happy to represent my country and reach the podium even though I was not 100 per cent fit.”