BEIJING (AFP) - The Czech Republic's Barbora Spotakova won the Olympic Games women's javelin gold on Thursday and recalled it was the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Union's invasion of the then Czechoslovakia. The 27-year-old world champion took gold with a throw of 71.42 metres ahead of Russia's Maria Abakumova (70.78m) while Germany's Christina Obergfll took the bronze with a best of 66.13m. "I don't know how I did it. I can tell you honestly - I don't know how I did it," said Spotakova. "It's extra sweet this win because it is the 40th anniversary to the day of the Russian invasion in 1968." Spotakova, who was her country's first Olympic javelin medallist since Dana Zatopkova (also champion in 1952) took silver in the 1960 edition, said that to experience becoming Olympic champion was on another plane to any other title. "Last year I won the world championships but to be an Olympic gold medalist is something much bigger. This is the highest moment I can gain in my career." Cuba's defending champion and world record holder Osleidys Menendez finished sixth (63.35m).