Some Lesser Known Facts About Annu Rani
- Annu Rani is a female Indian Athlete in the Javelin Throw category. She broke her own record at the World’s Athletics Championships, held in Doha 2019 during its qualification round.
- 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.
- 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.”
- 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. After venturing into javelin throw, she went on to break many records in the sport. Moreover, she broke her own record multiple times.
- According to Annu, it was her brother who identified her potential during a cricket game when she made a perfect throw while standing at the boundary. Her brother went on to bear all her training expenses.
- During her initial days, she made her spear using bamboo as she could not afford the real one. She would travel 13 km daily to practice this game on an empty ground. According to Annu, her father and the nearby farmer would always object to her sports activities.
- 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. Annu Rani was then trained at the National Institute of Sports, Patiala, where she would practice 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 Javelin to gain a better level of strength.
- Under Naik’s coaching, she broke the national record of 58.83 meters at National Inter-state Championship set by herself in 2014 in Incheon. Later, in the same year, she broke it again at the Asian Games with a throw of 59.53m, winning the bronze medal at the Incheon, South Korea. It was the first medal of her life.
- The succeeding year was not all that great for Annu Rani as she succumbed to multiple injuries, but in the following year i.e., in 2016, Annu Rani 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.
- 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.
- 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, 56.86 before securing the final mark of 58.60m.