July 2, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Former Purdue track and field star Kara Patterson will once again be representing her country at the Olympic Games. Patterson finished as the runner-up in Sunday's U.S. Olympic Trials in the javelin, earning her second straight trip to the Olympics. She also qualified in 2008.
In Sunday's finals, Patterson took the lead with her first-round throw of 59.09 meters, then bettered her mark in the third round with a throw of 59.79 meters. She was overtaken for the lead in the sixth and final round when Brittany Borman uncorked a throw of 61.51 meters to win the trials. Patterson passed on her final two attempts, her place in London already assured. Borman and Patterson will be joined in London by fourth-place finisher Rachel Yurkovich.
Patterson competed at Purdue from 2005-09. She won three Big Ten titles in the javelin and earned All-America honors in 2008 and 2009. She was also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a two-time Big Ten Outdoor Athlete of the Year.
Patterson is the American record holder in the javelin and has been competing professionally since graduating from Purdue. In the 2008 Beijing Games, Patterson finished 41st.
The 2012 London Games start July 27. Preliminaries in the javelin will be Aug. 7 while the finals will be held two days later.