JUNE 28, 2011

Kara PattersonI competed at the 2011 USATF Outdoor National Championships this weekend, and came away with my fourth consecutive first-place medal from that meet (counting Olympic Trials in 2008).  Based on how my meets had been going in the weeks leading up to USAs, I was nervous, but I made some changes in my approach and my mindset, and was able to put a good mark out there on my very first attempt. 

I tried to improve and did a decent job of maintaining fair technique through the end of the event, but couldn’t get the javelin to fly any farther.  Watch the videos on this page to see my first (winning) throw and an interview from after the competition!  I’m happy with the progress I made mentally and technically this weekend, and am looking forward to my next meet in Paris, France on July 8th!

As I mentioned in a previous blog, the meet this weekend served as our sport’s qualifier for the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.  Since I threw the A Standard this May in Rome and won USAs on Saturday, I’ve punched my ticket to the very-important competition.  Women’s javelin will be contested on September 1st and 2nd at Worlds, I’m gonna have an awesome roommate, and I simply can’t wait!