Javelin thrower Annu Rani reaches second straight World Athletics Championships final

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Indian javelin thrower and national record holder Annu Rani breached into the final round of the ongoing World Athletics Championships in Oregon on Thursday, marking her second consecutive Worlds final entry.

Finishing her performance with a throw of 59.60m, despite it being much less than her season’s best, Rani finished fifth in the Group B qualification round and eighth across the two groups, securing her finals berth.

Rani started with a foul throw, followed by clocking 55.35m in her second attempt but in the third and final throw, her spear had landed 40cm short of the 60m mark. Even though her personal and season’s best of 63.82m is well above, the 59.60m distance was enough to clear her entry into the summit.

This final entry marks Rani’s second out of her third Worlds appearance. At the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, she finished eighth in her maiden final appearance with a best throw of of 61.12m, after failing to enter the finals in the London 2017 Worlds.

Back in May, Rani broke her own national record at the Indian Open Javelin Throw Competition in Jamshedpur, clocking a distance of 63.82m. While she failed to cross the 60m mark in the qualification round, Rani will have the chance once again in the final which will take place on Sunday.

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