Brittany Borman of Festus qualified for the United States Olympic team by winning the women’s javelin throw competition on Sunday (July 1) at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore. Borman, a two-time NCAA champion in the javelin, unleashed a toss of 61.51 meters (201 feet, nine inches), beating U.S. record holder Kara Patterson, who finished second and also made the team. Borman’s winning throw came on her sixth and final attempt and surpassed the Olympic “A” qualifying standard by one foot, eight inches. She will travel to compete with the rest of the U.S. athletes in the Olympic Games in London, England, which begin July 27. The qualifying round for the women’s javelin is scheduled for Aug. 7, with the finals set for Aug. 9.
Brittany is the daughter of Richand and Laura Borman, who lead the Jefferson County Jets, a track club for athletes 8 to 18.
Brittany is a 2008 Festus High School graduate and was a senior at the University of Oklahoma this past year. Her throw on Sunday set a U.S. Olympic Trials record.