Annu impresses despite exit

Despite an impressive 59.93m effort, Annu Rani failed to enter the women’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in London on Sunday night.

Despite an impressive 59.93m effort, Annu Rani failed to enter the women’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in London on Sunday night.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Despite an impressive 59.93m effort, Annu Rani failed to enter the women’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in London on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old from UP, the national record holder with 61.86m and the bronze medallist at the recent Asians, came up with the third best throw of her life but still could finish only 10th in her 15-athlete group in the qualification round and made her exit.

The 31 javelin throwers were divided into two groups and the top 12 qualified for the final. China’s Li Lingwei (62.29m), the Asian champion, was among those who missed the cut though her country had two women in the final.

Meanwhile West Bengal’s Asian champion Swapna Barman finished a disappointing 26th in women’s heptathlon with a total of 5431 points. Twenty seven of the 31 athletes in the event completed the heptathlon.