Barbara Spotakova defends title

LONDON -- Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic successfully defended her Olympic javelin title on Thursday night.

The 31-year-old Spotakova, who holds the world record, secured the gold medal with a best mark of 69.55 meters.

Germany collected silver and bronze, with Christina Obergfoell finishing second at 65.16 and Linda Stahl third at 64.91.

Obergfoell improved one spot on her finish four years ago, when her bronze was Germany's only track and field medal in Beijing.