Annu Rani is an Indian woman javelin thrower born on 28th August 1992. She hails from the Bahadurpur village of Meerut district in Uttar Pradesh. Annu has been representing India internationally since 2014.
Annu Rani - Early Life, Family & Background
Annu Rani belongs to a family of farmers. Her talent was spotted by his brother when he saw her arm strength while throwing the cricket ball. Annu’s first javelin throw stick was made up of bamboo as she couldn’t afford one. She was also pursuing 100m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles before switching to a full-time javelin thrower in 2012.
Annu Rani got her first international career break in 2012 when she won the gold medal at the Singapore International Open. In 2013, she clinched the silver medal at the Federation Cup in Patiala, Punjab. That year, she won another silver at the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Annu Rani Achievements
At the 2014 National Athletics Championships, Annu set the national record in women’s javelin throw (58.83m) while winning the gold medal. That year, she qualified for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, where she finished 8th with a throw of 56.67m. In October, Annu took home a bronze medal at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.
In 2016, Annu Rani became first Indian woman javelin thrower to break the 60-meter mark with a throw of 60.01m at the National Athletics Championships. That year, she bagged a silver medal at the South Asian Games.
At the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships, Annu won the bronze medal with a throw of 57.32m. In 2019, she shattered her own record in javelin throw and won the gold medal at the Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala, Punjab. That year, in April, Annu won the Silver medal at the Asian Championships. In June, she bagged a bronze with a throw of 60.20m at the Golden Spike Ostrava Athletics Meet.
In June 2021, Annu Rani qualified for her debut Summer Games at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics based on her Road to Tokyo rankings of 19.