India’s premier women’s javelin thrower Annu Rani impressed at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships as she managed to set a new national record and seal her place in the final at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
The Indian bettered her own record with a throw of 62.43 metres to continue her progress at the Worlds. Rani had first set the national record at the 2019 Federation Cup with a throw of 62.34 metres.
The 27-year-old will now feature in the final scheduled to be held on Tuesday (October 1) at 11:50pm IST.
Rani could only manage a distance of 57.05 metres on her first throw, as nine of the 15 other participants managed a better distance than the Indian. The national record holder though showed her prowess with her second throw as she shattered her personal best to register a spectacular throw of 62.43 metres to become the first Indian woman javelin thrower to make it to the final of the World Championships.
The Indian then managed a throw of 60.50 metres in her third attempt, but that didn’t hurt her chances as she finished fifth in the qualifications. China’s Lyu Huihui finished top of the qualifications with a massive effort of 67.27 metres.
Apart from Rani’s stellar performance in the javelin qualifications, India’s track athletes could not make much of an impact.
Archana Suseendran finished back of the line in the 200m heats, while Anjali Devi was fifth in her 400m heats.
Suseendran was trailing the pack and finished eighth with a timing of 23.65 seconds. Bulgarian Ivet Lalova-Collio finished on top in that race, registering a time of 22.79 seconds to continue her stride in the competition.
In the 400m heats Anjali Devi finished in fifth place with a time of 52.33 seconds - and thus missed out on qualification.
The Haryana-born athlete had a good start and was in the mix at the halfway point, but down the stretch it was Bahrain’s Salwa Eid Naser who pulled away from the rest to ease home in first position.
Poland’s Justyna Swiety-Ersetic and Mexico’s Paola Moran finished second and third respectively to qualify for the semifinals.