Aug. 7, 2012
LONDON - Former Boilermaker Kara Patterson competed in the javelin at the 2012 London Olympics on Tuesday morning. The former Boilermaker competed through a previously unknown injury and finished 15th in her flight.
Patterson threw 56.23m (184-6) on her first throw of the competition. From there, she was unable to make a better throw because of an injury that she would later announce on her Twitter page as a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her left knee. Patterson tore the ligament on her final throw in the U.S. qualifiers in June. The former Boilermaker decided to tough it out and give the London games a go since the Americans did not have another `A' qualifier to replace her.
Despite throwing on a completely torn ACL in her plant-leg, Patterson was still able to throw better than 10 other competitors who completed the entire qualifying round. The gutsy performance by Patterson won't be her last, she says. The American record holder announced that she plans to have surgery in the coming months and then work her way back in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Barbara Spotakova of the Czech Republic had the top mark in the qualifiers with a distance of 66.19m (217-2). Christina Obergfoll of Germany was second with a throw of 66.14m (217-0). Brittany Borman was the top finisher for the United States as she finished 15th. That finish, however, was not enough to advance her to Thurday's finals.