On Friday, Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber successfully defended her title in the women’s javelin thanks to her world-leading throw of 66.91 meters in the third round. The minor medals were also both won in the final round.
Silver was won by American Kara Winger with her sixth throw of 64.05 meters, and the first Japanese woman to win a medal in the javelin at a World Championship or Olympic Games was Haruka Kitaguchi with her outstanding final distance of 63.27 meters.
After five rounds, China’s Liu Shiying (63.25m) and Australia’s Mackenzie Little (63.22m), who both had medal places, were left without any hardware.
However, no one dared to challenge Barber, who joined 400-meter runner Cathy Freeman as the only Australians to successfully defend their world championship after winning gold with a last-round throw in 2019.
It was a world of feelings, she recalled, and she was just “truly drinking up the experience.” “Today was always the aim, and it’s always the desire to peak at the perfect time. I’ve always thought that I can do back-to-back. I aim to continue solidifying my position as one of the finest javelin throwers in the world.”
Winger expressed gratitude to her husband, who is now her coach.
It is exactly what she had dreamed of, but she continued, “I am still in awe that it actually occurred.” “Until last year, when he was my coach, I have always been a stubborn wife and have not listened to his brilliant ideas.” Although I felt confident in his unwavering support, I’m thrilled to have made dad proud.”