Friday, August 5, 2011

Kara Patterson finishes fifth at Aviva London Grand Prix...

LONDON, England--In one of her final competitions before the world championships in Daegu, Kara Patterson (left/photo by Paul Merca) of Vancouver, the four-time US national champion, finished fifth in the javelin at the Aviva London Grand Prix, the final stop in the Samsung Diamond League series before the world championships break.

Patterson had a best throw of 191-1 (58.25m) on her opening toss of the competition, as she earned her highest placing in a Samsung Diamond League meet this season since her season debut in Rome back in May, where she was fourth.

Germany's Christina Obergfoll, the current Samsung Diamond League leader in the event, took the victory with a clutch fifth round throw of 218-11 (66.74m) to defeat Barbora Spotakova from the Czech Republic, the reigning Olympic champion.

In the women's 800, Norway's Ingvill Måkestad finished eighth in the women's 800, as the former University of Washington runner ran a season best 2:00.68 as Great Britain's Jenny Meadows won the race in 1:58.60.

Saturday, Washington State University hall of famer Bernard Lagat and Rainier Beach HS grad Ginnie Crawford are in action in the mile and 100 hurdles at the Aviva London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace.

Complete results from the Aviva London Grand Prix are available here.

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