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World Athletics Championships: Annu Rani 8th in Women's Javelin Throw Final

Annu Rani, who smashed her own national record to qualify for the finals, could only produce a best of 61.12m to finish 8th.

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Updated:October 2, 2019, 11:52 AM IST
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World Athletics Championships: Annu Rani 8th in Women's Javelin Throw Final
Annu Rani at the IAAF World Championships (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Doha: India's Annu Rani failed to repeat her impressive qualifying round form as she finished eighth in the women's javelin throw here on Tuesday.

Annu, who on Monday smashed her own national record with a 62.43m throw, could only produce a best of 61.12m in the final round competition on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old Annu opened with a 59.25m before coming up with efforts of 61.12m and 60.20m which put her among the top eight after three attempts and gave her three more throws.

However, she could not improve upon her second-round bid of 61.12m, coming up with 60.40m, 58.49m and 57.93m, to finish at eighth out of 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 after her event.

"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," she added.

"I want to do well for the country and my ultimate dream is an Olympic medal."

The 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Kelsey Lee Barber, won the gold with a final round throw of 66.56m while the Chinese duo of Asian Games champion Liu Shiying and Asian champion Lyu Huihui took the silver and bronze with efforts of 65.88m and 65.49m respectively.

Annu will, however, held her head high as she had become the first Indian woman to reach the javelin throw final in the World Championships.

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