Annu Rani from India placed seventh in the women’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday despite throwing only 61.12 meters, which was below average.
Rani, who is in the showcase event’s final for the second time in a straight, with a season’s and personal best of 63.82m. She hit her best throw of the day on her second attempt but didn’t reach 60 meters in any of her other five attempts.
56.18m, 61.12m, 59.27m, 58.14m, 59.98m, and 58.70m were the numbers in her series.
With a throw of 59.60 meters, the holder of the national record advanced to the final as the eighth-best thrower.
Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber, the defending champion, took home the gold with a throw that set a new world record at 66.91 meters. With a final round throw of 64.05 meters, American Kara Winger earned silver, while Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi unexpectedly won bronze with a best throw of 63.27 meters.
Shiying Liu, a Chinese Olympic champion, placed fourth with a best effort of 63.25m.
Rani was competing in the Championships for the third time. In the most recent competition in 2019 in Doha, she placed eighth in the final with a best throw of 61.12 meters. After placing 10th in her qualification group in 2017, she was unable to advance to the final in London.
Annu won gold at the Indian Open in Jamshedpur in May by throwing 63.82 meters, breaking her own personal best.