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Fatima Whitbread

Fatima Whitbread MBE is a British former javelin thrower. She won the 1986 European Championships in Stuttgart, having broken the world record with a throw of 77.44 metres in the qualifying round the previous day. She went on to win the 1987 World Championships in Rome. She is also a two-time Olympic medallist, winning bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and silver at the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Her former world record throw makes her one of only two women in history to have thrown the javelin over 75 metres.


Tessa Sanderson

Theresa Ione "Tessa" Sanderson, is an English former javelin thrower and heptathlete. A six-time Olympian in the javelin (1976–1996), she won the gold medal in 1984 for Great Britain, and in 1996 she became the second track and field athlete, after discus thrower Lia Manoliu, to compete at six Olympics. She is one of only five women in history to have thrown the javelin over 73 metres. She is the first black British woman to have won an Olympic gold medal.


Dana Zátopková

Dana Zátopková is a Czech former javelin thrower. She won the gold medal for javelin in the 1952 Summer Olympics, and the silver medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics. She was the European champion in 1954 and 1958. She also set a world record in 1958 when she was 35, making her the oldest woman to break one in an outdoor athletics event.


Zahra Bani

Zahra Bani is a Somali-Italian javelin thrower.


Petra Felke

Petra Meier is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. Representing East Germany, she became the Olympic Champion in 1988 and broke the world record four times between 1985 and 1988. She is the only woman to throw a javelin 80 metres or more, with her world record of 80.00 m. This throw was the world record from 1988 until 1999, when a new javelin design was implemented. She also won the javelin title at the 1989 IAAF World Cup and silver medals at the World Championships in 1987 and 1991.


Jānis Lūsis

Jānis Lūsis is a Latvian athlete who competed in javelin throw. In 2014 he was inducted into IAAF Hall of Fame.


Goldie Sayers

Katherine Dinah "Goldie" Sayers, is a former British javelin thrower. She was born in Newmarket, Suffolk, United Kingdom. On 20 May 2007, Sayers set a new British record in the javelin at 65.05 m (213 ft 5 in), thus becoming the first British woman to throw over 65 metres since javelins were redesigned in 1999. Sayers set the record when competing for her university, Loughborough, at the Loughborough International match. She cemented this achievement at the Norwich Union Glasgow Grand Prix on 3 June 2007 where she beat a top-class international field in rainy conditions with a throw of 63.59 m. Defeated rivals included European champion and Olympic silver medallist Steffi Nerius and world champion Barbora Špotáková.


Tiina Lillak

Ilse Kristiina Lillak is a Finnish former javelin thrower. She is the 1983 world champion and 1984 Olympic silver medalist. She also twice broke the world record, with throws of 72.40 metres in 1982 and 74.76 metres in 1983. The latter distance ranks third on the all-time list with the old javelin model.

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Sofia Sakorafa

Sofia Sakorafa is a Palestinian-Greek politician and former javelin thrower. She is currently an Independent Member of the European Parliament for Greece, having formerly sat for Syriza and before that served, from June 2012 to July 2014, as a Syriza Member of the Hellenic Parliament.


Vítězslav Veselý

Vítězslav Veselý is a Czech javelin thrower.


Genki Dean

Roderick Genki Dean is a Japanese athlete that competes in the javelin throw. He was born to a Japanese mother and a British father from Chester-le-Street, England.


Kate Schmidt

Kathryn Joan "Kate" Schmidt is an American former world record holder in the javelin throw. A native of California and a graduate of UCLA, she won bronze medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics. She qualified for the 1980 Olympics, but did not compete due to the 1980 Summer Olympics boycott. She placed fourth at the 1984 Olympic Trials.


Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir

Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir is an Icelandic javelin thrower.


Kim Mickle

Kimberley Mickle is an Australian track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. Her personal best of 66.83 m, achieved on 22 March 2014 in Melbourne, was, until 2018, the Australian record.


Elizabeth Gleadle

Elizabeth "Liz" Gleadle is a Canadian track and field athlete competing in the javelin throw. She competed in the javelin throw event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing 12th in the finals.