Federation Cup 2023: Annu Rani makes Asian Games cut after winning javelin throw gold
At the Federation Cup 2023 held at the Birsa Munda Stadium, Annu smashed the all-important qualifying standard with a throw of 59.24m, which is well above the AFI-set standard of 56.46m. She also qualified for the Asian Athletics Championships, which will start in Bangkok, Thailand in July. The qualifying mark for women's javelin throw is 54.73m. Earlier Annu had brought laurels to the country by winning a bronze medal in Birmingham, England.
14 finals were played on the second day of the Federation Cup 2023, in which 27 athletes qualified for continental athletics events. On Monday too, 20 athletes breached the qualifying standards. In men's shot put, reigning Asian Games champion Tajinderpal Singh Toor on Monday won gold with a throw of 20.42m, shattering the qualifying standards for both the Asian Games and the Asian Athletics Championships.
Besides Tajinderpal, Sahib Singh (19.23m) and Karanveer Singh (19.05m) finished second and third and made the cut. Priya H Mohan emerged victorious in the women's 400m race with an effort of 53.40 seconds and made the cut. Meanwhile, in the men's 400m race, Rajesh Ramesh (43.75s) and Muhammed Ajmal (45.85) finished first and second and made the cut. But Muhammed Anas Yahiya failed to cross the qualification mark despite finishing third with a timing of 46.19s.
In addition, Amiya Kumar Mallick won the gold medal in the men's 100m final with a timing of 10.31 s. Although it was not enough to beat the Asian Championships qualification mark of 10.19 s. While Srabani Nanda won the women's 100m in 11.44 seconds. But she too did not make the cut for the continental competition.