|Annu Rani Dharayan
|First Indian female to reach the World Athletics Championships finals, held in Doha 2019
|Physical Stats & More
|in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 5”
|in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
|Track and Field
|• Kashinath Naik
• Baljeet Singh
• National Inter-State Athletics Championship in Lucknow in 2014
• 59th National Open Athletics Championship in 2019
• National Interstate Athletic Championship, Patiala in 2021
• Qosanov Memorial Championship, Almaty, Kazakhstan 2022
• Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, in 2023
• 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Qatar on 21 April 2019
• Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea in 2014
• IAAF World Challenge event called Ostrava Golden Spike Athletics Meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic
• Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022
|• First Indian female to reach the World Athletics Championships finals, held in Doha 2019
• First Indian woman to win gold in javelin throw at the Asian Games in 2023 The Times of India
|• Sportstar Aces Sportswoman of the Year Award in Athletics in 2019
• Times of India Sports Award for the Best Female Athlete 2022
• Trailblazer of the Year Award at the CNBC TV18 IBLA 2023
|Date of Birth
|28 August 1992 (Friday)
|Age (as of 2023)
|Bahadurpur village, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
|Bahadurpur village, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
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|Relationships & More
|Father- Amarpal Singh (farmer)
Mother- Munni Devi
|Brother- Upendra Singh (long-distance runner)
Note: She has two brothers and two younger sisters.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Annu Rani
- As a teenager, she used to play cricket with her brother, who observed her strong upper body and recognized her potential for javelin throwing. He initiated her training by instructing her to throw sugarcane sticks in an open field.
- In 2010, at the age of 18, she threw her first javelin. Before that, she made her spear using bamboo as she could not afford the real one.
- In an interview, she talked about the conservative nature of her village, where she grew up. She revealed that she was not like a typical Indian girl who would make Rotis in the kitchen rather she was a girl who was interested in sports and wanted to make a career in the same.
- During an interview, she remembered an incident when her school banned her from practising due to accidentally breaking a flower pot during a training session.
- Due to insufficient facilities in the village and a lack of practice opportunities at school, Annu established a makeshift training ground in her father’s field. She travelled 13 miles every day for practice, with her sister accompanying her and ensuring her safety until late at night.
- Her father was not very supportive of her playing and in 2012, upon receiving the invitation to the Indian camp, her father declined to send her unaccompanied to Patiala, where the camp was held.
- Her brother went on to bear all her training expenses. Her brother, in an interview, revealed that his family was so financially constrained that Annu once had to buy shoes for her training from borrowed money.
- In an interview, she revealed that her family encountered financial constraints and was not able to buy tickets for her competitions. At times, she had to sleep on the floor of trains while travelling and seek assistance from neighbours to afford the tickets.
- Seeing her performance, Kashinath Naik, a Commonwealth Bronze Medalist was eager to train her for international events, but this would mean that he needed to convince her father to allow her to practice away from her home. His father agreed, and Annu Rani finally became a student of Kashinath in 2013. Kashinath encouraged her to aspire for the Olympics, urging her to watch motivational films such as Sultan, Dangal, and Sachin: A Billion Dreams.
- Annu was then trained at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, where she practised the Javelin throw almost 80 times a day and intense weight lifting of 180 kg to build a strong physique. The weight of her Javelin used to be around 600g. According to Annu, she used heavier javelins to gain a better level of strength. Later, she received training from Baljeet Singh.
- In an interview, while talking about the techniques used in javelin throw, Annu Rani said,
Javelin is all about technique. Of course, power does matter, but I think I have enough strength to throw long. It is about fine-tuning the technique, and once that is done, I am confident of breaching the qualification mark. In this sport, you can make up 3-4 metres just by getting your technique right.”
- Under Naik’s coaching, she broke the 14-year-old national record of 58.83 meters at the National Inter-State Athletics Championship in Lucknow.
- Following this, she secured a spot in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she placed eighth.
- In that same year, at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, she achieved a throw of 59.53 meters, earning her a bronze medal. It was the first medal of her life.
- The succeeding year was not all that great for Annu as she succumbed to multiple injuries, but in the following year i.e., in 2016, Annu made a fighting comeback, beating her record for the third time with the throw of 60.01m at the 56th Open National Athletics Championship. This was the first time that an Indian woman crossed 60m.
- Her successful performance continued, and she recorded a throw of 61.86m at the Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships on 4 June 2017. With this, she sealed the berth for the Athletics World’s Championship in 2017 and also became the first Indian woman to do so.
- While representing her state, Uttar Pradesh, she hurled the spear to 62.34m, nearly half a meter more than her previous record of 61.86m. She cleared the qualifying standard of 61.50m for the World Championships to be held in Doha in 2019.
- In March 2019, she broke her record again with a throw of 62.34 meters at the National Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala, Punjab.
- She then had her best throw of 60.22m at the World Championships held in Doha at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships on 21 April 2019, winning the silver medal for the country.
- She failed to breach the qualification marks at the World Athletics Championships, held in Doha 2019. However, she qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics based on her World ranking of 18.
- Continuing her good form, Annu Rani bagged a gold medal in the women’s javelin throw event at the 59th National Open Athletics Championships in October 2019. She had a comfortable win at the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium with a score of 56.97m, 55.97m, 58.31m, 57.29m, and 56.86 before securing the final mark of 58.60m.
- In 2021, she achieved her career-best throw of 63.24 meters, leading to her gold medal at the National Interstate Athletic Championship held in Patiala.
- At the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, she made history by becoming the first Indian female javelin thrower to secure a bronze medal.
- In 2023, she achieved a historic milestone by becoming the first Indian javelin thrower to clinch a gold medal in the Asian Games held at Hangzhou. Her season-best throw of 62.92 meters earned her the coveted gold, marking her inaugural victory at a significant international competition.
- In an interview, she said that she felt depressed before the Asian Games and said,
I was trying the whole year and I was not able to give my best. I was feeling depressed and under pressure because the government spent a lot of money sending me abroad for training. This was my last competition of the season, and I did not give up. So I was determined to give my best.”
- In an interview, she explained that in the early stages of her career, she faced difficulties practising with boys due to cultural norms prevalent in her village. She was instructed to walk with her head lowered and refrain from making direct eye contact with males.
- Her achievements have led to her securing a position as an officer with the Indian Railways.