Athlete Profile

Justine Robbeson

  • COUNTRY South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH 15 MAY 1985
South African javelin thrower Justine Robbeson (Getty Images)
South African javelin thrower Justine Robbeson (Getty Images)
  • COUNTRY South Africa South Africa
  • DATE OF BIRTH 15 MAY 1985


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Updated 23 July 2008

Justine ROBBESON, South Africa (Javelin) 
Born 15 May 1985, Benoni

1.70m / 65kg
North-West University (PUK) Athletics Club, Potchefstroom
Coach: Terseus Liebenberg

Justine Robbeson is a dedicated and highly intelligent student doing a BSc degree in nutrition and human movement. So, being a true academic it is a serious concern for Robbeson that she is already in her fifth year but is still without her degree. This can only be attributed to the fact that she has had so much travelling to do to further her career as an athlete.   

Robbeson aims to finish her degree study in 2009, having to date completed 37 subjects – 31 with distinction – with three to go.  She attends North-West University, Potchefstroom, where she is also a member of the athletics club and is coached by the highly respected and successful Terseus Liebenberg. Earlier, this youngest of four children (two brothers and a sister) was a proud scholar at Springs Girls’ High School, east of Johannesburg.   

Following her versatility in athletics and other sports like softball, hockey and swimming, it came as no surprise when Robbeson won the Heptathlon at the 2004 World Junior Championships, in Grosseto, Italy. Neither was it unexpected that she had selected the javelin as her main and future event. She has not regretted that decision and admits that she should have done so perhaps in 2001 after her second place in the javelin at the World Youth Championships, in Debrecen, Hungary. She accepts, though, that the Heptathlon events gave her a better grounding.  

Other special moments for Robbeson include her third place in the javelin in the 2006 World Cup, in Athens, and her two African records, set in Kuortane, Finland (62.80 in 2006) and Potchefstroom (63.49 in 2008).  

Almost inevitably for an athlete, Robbeson has had a few setbacks through untimely injuries and minor operations (two) but she has a very proud record in international events. Her proudest is that, since starting her international career in 2001, she has returned home with at least one medal every year from each championship meeting.      

Her future aims? To win an Olympic medal is the dream of all athletes and she is no exception, although reaching the final in Beijing would be a great achievement.  At 23, still “very young,” her main target is the 2012 Olympic Games in London, by which time she hopes to record regular distances of 65 to 68m and return with a medal.   

In Beijing, Robbeson expects a battle for gold between Barbora Spotakova, from the Czech Republic, and Christina Obergföll, from Germany, with the latter perhaps having the better chance. Her role model is Frankie Fredericks, Namibia’s prolific Olympic and World Championships medal-winning sprinter. “He is always friendly, modest and humble, and has the interests of athletes at heart,” she says.       


Personal Bests

Javelin:  63.49 (2008) 
Heptathlon:  5868 (2004)
Other Heptathlon events:  200m - 24.83 (2003); 800m - 2:17.19 (2003); 100m Hurdles - 13.56 (2004); High Jump - 1.78 (2003); Long Jump - 6.26 (2002), Shot - 13.15 (2007).


Yearly Progression

Javelin:  1999 - 43.30; 2000 - 45.51; 2001 - 52.16; 2002 - 54.17; 2003 – 51.42;  2004 - 55.82;  2005 - 59.46; 2006 - 62.80; 2007, 62.51; 2008, 63.49.      

Heptathlon:   2002 - 5380; 2003 - 5761; 2004 - 5868.       

 

Career Highlights

2001  2nd World Youth Championships (Javelin)
2002  2nd World Schools Gymnasiade (Long Jump)
2003  2nd  All Africa Games (Heptathlon) 
2003              2nd  1st Afro Asian Games (Heptathlon)
2004  1st World Junior Championships (Heptathlon)
2005              2nd      World Student Games (Javelin)
2006              1st       African Championships (Javelin)
2006              3rd       World Cup (Javelin)
2006              2nd      African Students’ Championships (Javelin)
2007              1st       All Africa Games (Javelin)

  
Prepared by Gert le Roux for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

Personal Best - Outdoor
Performance Wind Place Date
200 Metres 25.12 -1.4 Grosseto 16 JUL 2004
800 Metres 2:35.20 Grosseto 17 JUL 2004
100 Metres Hurdles 13.56 +1.7 Grosseto 16 JUL 2004
High Jump 1.73 Bloemfontein 03 APR 2004
Long Jump 6.14 +0.8 Grosseto 17 JUL 2004
Shot Put 14.67 Potchefstroom 10 FEB 2010
Javelin Throw 63.49 Potchefstroom 16 FEB 2008
Heptathlon 5868 Grosseto 17 JUL 2004
Heptathlon-100mH 76.2cm 5380 Bellville 27 APR 2002
Progression - Outdoor showShow All Graphs
200 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2004 25.12 -1.4 Grosseto 16 JUL
800 Metres Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2004 2:35.20 Grosseto 17 JUL
100 Metres Hurdles Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2005 13.96 -0.8 Potchefstroom 04 FEB
2004 13.56 +1.7 Grosseto 16 JUL
2003 13.84 +0.5 Port Elizabeth 25 APR
High Jump Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2004 1.73 Bloemfontein 03 APR
Long Jump Show Graphshow
Performance Wind Place Date
2005 6.07 -1.2 Potchefstroom 04 FEB
2004 6.14 +0.8 Grosseto 17 JUL
2001 5.99 Pretoria 21 APR
Shot Put Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2010 14.67 Potchefstroom 10 FEB
2004 13.02 Grosseto 16 JUL
Javelin Throw Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2012 53.76 Pretoria 20 APR
2011 61.26 Maputo 02 JUL
2010 61.23 Potchefstroom 17 APR
2009 61.01 Potchefstroom 21 NOV
2008 63.49 Potchefstroom 16 FEB
2007 62.51 Potchefstroom 02 FEB
2006 62.80 Kuortane 24 JUN
2005 59.46 Potchefstroom 07 SEP
2004 55.82 Potchefstroom 15 SEP
2002 54.17 Roodepoort 13 FEB
2001 51.54 Debrecen 14 JUL
Heptathlon Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2004 5868 Grosseto 17 JUL
2003 5761 Port Elizabeth 26 APR
2002 5391 Bellville 27 APR
2001 5362 Germiston 10 MAR
Heptathlon-100mH 76.2cm Show Graphshow
Performance Place Date
2002 5380 Bellville 27 APR
Honours - Long Jump
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
2nd IAAF/Westel World Youth Championships 7 5.96 -0.6 Debrecen 15 JUL 2001
Honours - Javelin Throw
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 10q1 58.08 Daegu 01 SEP 2011
The XXIX Olympic Games 6q2 59.63 Beijing (National Stadium) 19 AUG 2008
10th IAAF World Cup 3 61.38 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 16 SEP 2006
2nd IAAF/Westel World Youth Championships 2 51.54 Debrecen 14 JUL 2001
Honours - Heptathlon
Rank Mark Wind Place Date
10th IAAF World Junior Championships 1 5868 Grosseto 17 JUL 2004


Focus on Athletes biographies are produced by the IAAF Communications Dept, and not by the IAAF Statistics and Documentation Division. If you have any enquiries concerning the information, please use the Contact IAAF page, selecting ‘Focus on Athletes Biographies’ in the drop down menu of contact area options.


Updated 23 July 2008

Justine ROBBESON, South Africa (Javelin) 
Born 15 May 1985, Benoni

1.70m / 65kg
North-West University (PUK) Athletics Club, Potchefstroom
Coach: Terseus Liebenberg

Justine Robbeson is a dedicated and highly intelligent student doing a BSc degree in nutrition and human movement. So, being a true academic it is a serious concern for Robbeson that she is already in her fifth year but is still without her degree. This can only be attributed to the fact that she has had so much travelling to do to further her career as an athlete.   

Robbeson aims to finish her degree study in 2009, having to date completed 37 subjects – 31 with distinction – with three to go.  She attends North-West University, Potchefstroom, where she is also a member of the athletics club and is coached by the highly respected and successful Terseus Liebenberg. Earlier, this youngest of four children (two brothers and a sister) was a proud scholar at Springs Girls’ High School, east of Johannesburg.   

Following her versatility in athletics and other sports like softball, hockey and swimming, it came as no surprise when Robbeson won the Heptathlon at the 2004 World Junior Championships, in Grosseto, Italy. Neither was it unexpected that she had selected the javelin as her main and future event. She has not regretted that decision and admits that she should have done so perhaps in 2001 after her second place in the javelin at the World Youth Championships, in Debrecen, Hungary. She accepts, though, that the Heptathlon events gave her a better grounding.  

Other special moments for Robbeson include her third place in the javelin in the 2006 World Cup, in Athens, and her two African records, set in Kuortane, Finland (62.80 in 2006) and Potchefstroom (63.49 in 2008).  

Almost inevitably for an athlete, Robbeson has had a few setbacks through untimely injuries and minor operations (two) but she has a very proud record in international events. Her proudest is that, since starting her international career in 2001, she has returned home with at least one medal every year from each championship meeting.      

Her future aims? To win an Olympic medal is the dream of all athletes and she is no exception, although reaching the final in Beijing would be a great achievement.  At 23, still “very young,” her main target is the 2012 Olympic Games in London, by which time she hopes to record regular distances of 65 to 68m and return with a medal.   

In Beijing, Robbeson expects a battle for gold between Barbora Spotakova, from the Czech Republic, and Christina Obergföll, from Germany, with the latter perhaps having the better chance. Her role model is Frankie Fredericks, Namibia’s prolific Olympic and World Championships medal-winning sprinter. “He is always friendly, modest and humble, and has the interests of athletes at heart,” she says.       


Personal Bests

Javelin:  63.49 (2008) 
Heptathlon:  5868 (2004)
Other Heptathlon events:  200m - 24.83 (2003); 800m - 2:17.19 (2003); 100m Hurdles - 13.56 (2004); High Jump - 1.78 (2003); Long Jump - 6.26 (2002), Shot - 13.15 (2007).


Yearly Progression

Javelin:  1999 - 43.30; 2000 - 45.51; 2001 - 52.16; 2002 - 54.17; 2003 – 51.42;  2004 - 55.82;  2005 - 59.46; 2006 - 62.80; 2007, 62.51; 2008, 63.49.      

Heptathlon:   2002 - 5380; 2003 - 5761; 2004 - 5868.       

 

Career Highlights

2001  2nd World Youth Championships (Javelin)
2002  2nd World Schools Gymnasiade (Long Jump)
2003  2nd  All Africa Games (Heptathlon) 
2003              2nd  1st Afro Asian Games (Heptathlon)
2004  1st World Junior Championships (Heptathlon)
2005              2nd      World Student Games (Javelin)
2006              1st       African Championships (Javelin)
2006              3rd       World Cup (Javelin)
2006              2nd      African Students’ Championships (Javelin)
2007              1st       All Africa Games (Javelin)

  
Prepared by Gert le Roux for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008