Javelin: Bronze for Annu Rani at IAAF event

Annu Rani, who broke her own national record at the Federation Cup in March, won the bronze medal in women's javelin throw at the Ostrava Golden Spike Athletics meet.

Annu Rani won a silver medal in the women's javelin throw event at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Qatar on 21 April, 2019.   -  Karim Jaafar

Asian silver medallist Annu Rani, who has been steady in the 60m range this season, won the women’s javelin throw bronze in the Ostrava Golden Spike athletics meet, an IAAF World Challenge event, in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on Thursday evening.

Annu, who broke her own national record with a 62.34m effort in the Federation Cup in Patiala in March and qualified for this September’s World championships in Doha, had her best throw of 60.20m on Thursday. The 26-year-old had two other throws of 59.91 and 59.89 in her series.

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Croatia’s Sara Kolak, the Olympic champion who has a personal best of 68.43m, took the gold while Slovenia’s Martina Ratej picked the silver.

Meanwhile Shivpal Singh, who won the Asian championship silver with a personal best of 86.23m, was eighth and last in the men’s javelin throw with a second round effort of 79.69m.

Estonia’s left-handed Magnus Kirt, entered the 90m-club as he won the gold with a world-leading throw of 90.34m. Poland’s Cyprian Mrzyglod, the silver medallist, was way behind at 83.88m. 

The results:

Men’s javelin throw: 1. Magnus Kirt (Est) 90.34m, 2. Cyprian Mrzglod (Pol) 83.88, 3. Jakub Vadlejch (Cze) 82.97.

Women’s javelin throw: 1. Sara Kolak (Cro) 64.45m, 2. Martina Ratej (Slo) 61.01, 3. Annu Rani (Ind) 60.20.