Annu Rani fails to make Javelin Throw final

Annu Rani failed to qualify for the women’s javelin throw final at the Olympics, finishing 14th with a below-par throw of 54.04 metres on Tuesday.

The Indian athlete began with a 50.35m effort and improved upon it, piercing  53.19m in her second attempt, in Group A, which had 14 contenders.

The 29-year-old needed a huge effort to make it to the 12-woman final, and though she improved marginally, it was nowhere close to the automatic qualification mark of 63m.

The effort was also well-below her personal best of 63.24m, which she achieved in the Federation Cup earlier this year.

Poland’s Maria Andrejczyk was the only thrower who could earn automatic qualification after sending the spear to 65.25m in her first attempt.

As per rules, a thrower, who manages 63m, or at least the 12 best performers qualify for the final.


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