Annu Rani of India finished eighth in the final of the women’s javelin throw in the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships 2019 on Tuesday. Also Read - 59th National Open Athletics Championships: Annu Rani Wins Javelin Gold on Opening Day
Annu had entered the final bettering her own national record with a throw of 62.43m and thus became the first Indian woman to reach javelin throw final at the world championships. Also Read - IAAF World Athletics Championships: Gopi Thonakal Finishes 21st in Men's Marathon
In the final, the 27-year-old recorded 59.25m in the first round followed by 61.12m and 60.20m that secured a top-eight finish giving her three more attempts. She then came up with efforts of 60.40m, 58.49m and 57.93m finishing eighth among the 12 finalists. “I have some technical faults and I will work on them and hopefully will do better. I am yet to qualify for the Olympic Games. I hope to make amends of my technical problems and qualify for the Olympics for which I have to throw 64m,” Annu said. Also Read - World Athletics Championships 2019: Indian Women's 4x400m Relay Team, Javelin Thrower Shivpal Singh Fail to Qualify For Finals
She continued, “The training in Europe helped me a lot, especially the stint in Czech Republic where I got a lot of chance to compete with top throwers and I got a lot of experience from there. Training under Uwe Hohn also helped in learning a lot. I want to do well for the country and my ultimate dream is an Olympic medal.”
Kelsey Lee Barber of Australia won the gold medal with recording a throw of 66.58m in the final round. Chinese duo of Liu Shiying (65.88m) and Lyu Huihui (65.49m) claimed the silver and bronze medals respectively.