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Annu Rani becomes first Indian Javelin thrower to do this…

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Indian javelin thrower Annu Rani broke her own national record to qualify for the final round of the World Athletics Championships on Monday.

Annu bested her earlier national record of 62.34m, acquired in March, hurling the javelin to a distance of 62.43m in her second-round throw. She goes through for Tuesday’s finals.

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She is the first Indian to secure a place in the finals of the World Championship. Annu finished third in Group A and qualified for the finals as the fifth-best performer of the qualification round.

Two javelin throwers, Asian Lyu Huihui (67.27m) and Christin Hussong (65.29m) of China and Germany respectively, crossed the automatic qualification mark of 63.50m while another 10, including Annu, a total of 12, will compete in the finals.

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Before shattering her career-best throw in the second round, Annu opened with a 57.05m She had a 60.50m in her final throw.

World leader and Asian Games champion Liu Shiying (63.48m) of China and Slovenia’s Ratej Martina (62.87m) ended above of Annu in Group A, while reigning Sara Kolak of Croatia, Olympic champion finished sixth with a best throw of 60.99m.

Anjali Devi and Archana Susheendran fail to qualify

The other two Indians Anjali Devi and Archana Susheendran who competed in the women’s 400m and 200m, respectively, could not go past the first round on Monday.

The 25-year-old Archana, who received the invite at the last minute from the world governing body IAAF to compete in the showpiece, finished last in heat number 2 with a time of 23.65 seconds ranking 40th overall out of the 43 participants who participated. She has a personal best of 23.18.

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Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith finished the first round heats with 22.32 seconds, topping the overall timings chart of 200m. She had clinched a silver in the 100m dash on Sunday,

Meanwhile, the 21-year-old Anjali finished sixth in heat number 6 with a time of 52.33 seconds, and 36th overall out of 46 athletes.

Anjali had gone through a confirmatory trial before being cleared for this championships, has a personal best of 51.53, winning gold during the Inter-State Championships in August in Lucknow.

The top-three finishers in each of the six heats and the next six fastest qualify for the semifinals. The slowest time that made the cut for the semifinals was 52.23.

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