Eugene (US): Anu Rani in the women’s javelin throw final gave India another medal hope at the World Athletics Championships. The Uttar Pradesh player booked her ticket to the World Championship medal event for the second time in a row by throwing 59.60 meters in the Group B qualification round.
It started with a foul. He threw 55.35 meters in his second attempt. In the third and final round, Anu threw the javelin just 40 cm short of the 60 m mark. Qualified for the finals as fifth in the group. Anu is eighth out of a total of 12 candidates from both the groups. The final will be held on Saturday morning at 6.50 Indian time.
National record holder Anu’s career best distance is 63.82m. The final qualification was for those who achieved 62.50 meters or the top 12. Only three people crossed 62.50. Japan’s Haruka Kitaguchi (64.32m) is in the lead. The best performer of the season was USA’s Maggie Molan with 54.19m. She could not make it to the finals by throwing only and returned as the 22nd runner-up. Current champion Kelsey Lee Barber of Australia entered the final round in fifth place with 61.27m. Anu, who reached the final in Doha in 2019, was eighth with 61.22 meters. He also competed in the 2017 World Athletics Championships held in London but exited tenth in the qualifying round.
Parul is disappointed again
Women’s 3000m India’s Parul Chaudhary, who was eliminated in the steeplechase heat, was also disappointed in the 5000m. Parul, who started in the second heat, finished 17th in 15:54.03 minutes. Overall performance is 31st. Due to this, he did not get entry to the semi-final. His career best time is 15:36.03 minutes.
Geruto in Steeple Chase; Feng in the discus throw
Eugene: Atlat Nora Jerutok of Kazakhstan women’s 3000m. Gold in steeplechase with championship record. They finished the championship in 8 minutes 53.02 seconds. Third best time in history. Ethiopia’s Verkuha Getachew took silver in 8:54.61, followed by teammate Mekides Abede (8:56.08). China’s Feng Bin (69.12m) won the women’s discus throw. Defending champion Yamey Perez of Cuba finished seventh.
Kerleigh and Burgh are out with injuries
Eugene: Men’s 100m champion Fred Kerlee of the United States withdrew from the 4x100m relay due to injury. The star, who was hoping for gold in the 200m, was eliminated in the semi-final as sixth. Britain’s 800m champion Max Burgh was also ruled out due to injury.
Bad luck Semenya
Eugene: South African player Caster Semenya, who was banned for male hormone, is back on the world championship track after five years. Semenya came back after finishing 13th in the heat of 18 participants, unable to reach the finals. Semenya has won two Olympic and three World Championship gold medals in the 800m.