Barbara Ann Friedrich

Barbara Ann Friedrich

Organization: World-Class Javelin Thrower
Year: 1981
Years Played: 1960s

An excellent all-around athlete during her days at Newark State College (now Kean University), Barbara Ann Friedrich participated in tennis, field hockey and basketball as an undergraduate.

It wasn't for any of these that she garnered her fame, however. As the premier women's javelin thrower in the United States in the late 1960s, and one of the best in the world, Friedrich captured the gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games. The following year, she represented the U.S. at the Olympics in Mexico City, finishing ninth.

In addition, Friedrich represented the United States in international meets, placing first against Romania, England and China, and set an Australian All-Women's record in a meet held there. In 1967, she was the second-ranked javelin thrower in the world.

As a high school student-athlete, Friedrich shattered the existing national women's and junior record in the event with her toss of 198'8" in the New Jersey State Meet of Champions in Long Branch. She had actually thrown for the same distance earlier in the year at a boys' meet (girls' track and field was minimal at the time) in Manasquan. However, the result was never reported by her high school; thus it was not officially recorded.

Friedrich continued throwing the javelin for Newark State, winning the college division national championship in 1970. She also played third singles for the tennis team, halfback for the field hockey team, and guard for the basketball squad.

In 1985, she was chosen as the United States' best javelin thrower of her era by one European ratings firm and was the national basketball-throwing champion in 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976 and 1980.

Friedrich earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in health and physical education in 1972.