After missing 2013 to have her first child, the world record-holder completed her near-perfect comeback season to become the first Czech to win the women’s javelin at the World or Continental Cup.
She produced her best effort of 65.52m, an African all-comers’ record, in round three to relegate South Africa’s Sunette Viljoen to second place, just where she finished four years ago.
Spotakova had trailed the four-time African champion by almost a metre at half way, 62.17m to Viljoen’s 63.16m, and when the South African improved to 63.76m, she responded with her best throw of the contest.
The two-time Olympic champion has won seven contests this year, including the European Championships in Zurich last month, and was beaten just once, by Canadian record-holder Liz Gleadle at the Birmingham IAAF Diamond League meeting in August.
That performance secured Gleadle’s place on the Americas team for Marrakech and the 25-year-old did her continent proud this evening, picking up six points in third place with a best of 61.38m.
In 2010, it was Australian Kim Mickle who finished third for the Asia-Pacific team, but this time the Commonwealth Games champion and Moscow world silver medallist had to settle for fourth with a throw of 61.33m, while Germany’s European bronze medallist Linda Stahl, the world No.2 this year, was fifth, well short of her best with 60.14m.
Matthew Brown for the IAAF