National record holder Annu Rani finished seventh with 61.12m in the women’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on Friday. Incidentally, she had posted an identical mark while finishing eighth at the last Worlds, in Doha in 2019.
Rani, who was competing in her third Worlds and who has a personal best of 63.82m which came in Jamshedpur in May, had just one 60m-plus throw in her series today. She opened with 56.18 and, after the 61.12 in her next effort, came close to the 60m mark again in her fifth attempt (59.98).
Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber, the defending World champion, retained the title with a world-leading 66.91m but China’s Liu Shiying, the Olympic, Asian Games and Asian champion, was a disappointing fourth with 63.25m.
Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, who is in fine form, and Rohit Yadav in the javelin throw final, triple jumper Eldhose Paul (in final) and the men’s 4x400m relay team (semifinal) will be in action on Saturday night (Sunday morning in India).
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