Annu Rani, who created history on Monday night by becoming the first Indian woman to reach the Javelin final surpassing her own national record with an effort of 62.43m in the World Athletics Champions, believes she can actually rewrite that history and get the elusive medal in Doha on tonight.
"I am very happy by what I had done last night. I had given my best and my years of hard work yielded this performance. Now, that I am in the finals and feeling a bit of pressure but I know I have come up with another similar or better performance. I know there are huge expectations from me," Annu Rani told Republic TV from Doha this evening before her final later tonight.
On what can be expected of her in the finals, Annu said: "I have to correct my technical faults. If I can improve upon that I can throw up to 64-65m. If I do that I can get that medal. I want to achieve that for the country tonight."
Annu finished third in Group A and qualified for the final as the fifth best performer of the qualification round. Annu threw the record distance in her second-round throw to reach the final bettering her earlier national record of 62.34m. Annu opened with a 57.05m before coming up with her career-best throw in the second round. She had a 60.50m in her third and final throw. World leader and Asian Games champion Liu Shiying (63.48m) of China and Ratej Martina (62.87m) of Slovenia finished ahead of Annu in Group A, while reigning Olympic champion Sara Kolak of Croatia was sixth with a best throw of 60.99m.