India’s Annu Rani on Tuesday clinched her second Asian Games medal, and her first gold, in women’s javelin throw in Hangzhou. Annu threw the javelin 62.92m in her fourth attempt which enabled her jump to the lead. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s Dilhani Lekamge won silver with a best throw of 61.57m while Lyu Huihui (61.29m) of China won bronze.
In 2014, the 31-year-old athlete achieved a great feat by winning a bronze medal in Incheon where she threw 59.53m, showcasing her exceptional skills in the field. Her performance declined and she finished sixth in the 2018 Asian Games.
However, she has now redeemed herself by winning a gold medal on Tuesday, marking the second triumph for India in track and field, and the fourth overall in athletics.
It is worth noting that India’s Neeraj Chopra had already made history by winning gold in the men’s javelin event. Another Indian athlete, Parul Chaudhary, won the women’s 5000m event, after adding a silver medal to her name in the women’s 3000m steeplechase final on Monday.
Annu threw 56.99m in her first attempt and followed that up with a throw of 61.28m. She then threw 59.24m before flinging 62.92m in her fourth attempt. That gave her the lead and she followed that up with a throw of 57.66m. Her final throw was a foul but her gold medal had already been confirmed by then.
Shotputter Tajinderpal Singh Toor defended his Asian Games gold while Avinash Sable won the men’s 3000m steeplechase in record time.