Zlatá tretra Ostrava, 59th annual athletics meeting, September 8, 2020 in Ostrava. Home competitor Barbora Špotáková in the javelin competition.
Ostrava – Two-time Olympic champion and three-time world champion in the javelin throw Barbora Špotáková, who finished top athletics last year, will compete at the Zlatá tretra. The Ostrava meeting, which she has won three times in the past, will take place on Tuesday, June 27. Zlaté tretra manager Alfons Juck informed ČTK about Špotáková's participation.
Špotáková triumphed at the biggest domestic athletics meeting in 2007, 2012 and 2020. She will now say goodbye to the Golden Shoe. career,” said Špotáková on the websiteathletic association. “After the very successful end of my career last year, I received thousands of positive messages from fans, that's why I decided to try again on home soil. And if I'm healthy, I'll also compete at the Czech Championship in Tábor,” she added to the domestic championship, which is scheduled for July 29 and 30.
In Ostrava, the forty-one-year-old world record holder will face the number two in this year's world rankings, Japan's Haruka Kitaguchi, the Olympic champion from Rio de Janeiro, Croatia's Sara Kolaková, and her only defeaters from last year's championship of Europe in Munich Elina Tzengkoová from Greece and Adriana Vilagošová from Serbia. The European vice-champion from 2018, Nikola Ogrodníková and Irena Gillarová, will also perform in the javelin competition.
Spotáková announced her retirement from the world of athletics last September. She later stated that she plans to continue racing, but will no longer compete in major events. She started working as a coach in Prague's Dukla.
In the end, according to Juck, Olympic champion from Tokyo Níraj Čopra will not arrive in Ostrava. The Indian javelin thrower is recovering from a muscle injury that has already forced him to miss the Hengelo and Turku meets. At the Zlatá tretra, he was also supposed to compete with Jakub Vadlejch, who finished second in Tokyo the year before.