Annu Rani has created history by becoming the first-ever Indian woman to win the bronze medal in javelin throw at the Commonwealth Games 2022. It took Rani four attempts to achieve her feat, when she managed to throw the javelin for 60m.

Kelsey-Lee Barber of Australia, who is currently the world champion in women’s javelin throw, showed her mettle once again by winning gold via her 64.43m throw. Another Australian, Mackenzie Little (64.27m), won silver. Here’s a tweet by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), congratulating Rani on her momentous success:

India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has also praised Rani’s achievement, acknowledging that “she displayed great resilience and showed topmost skills”:

Olympic Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra had earlier won gold at the men’s javelin throw event of the 2018 Gold Coast CWG, while Kashinath Naik clinched bronze at the 2010 CWG in Delhi. Rani’s win makes her the third Indian to win a medal in javelin throw at the multi-sport event.

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Indian athletes have been on a winning spree on Day 10 of the Commonwealth Games, with the women’s hockey team defeating New Zealand to win bronze. Eldhose Paul has also scripted history by bagging gold in the men’s triple jump event. In the same event, Abdulla Aboobacker won the silver medal. Sandeep Punia won bronze in the men’s 10,000m walking race event, clocking 38:49.21. Nitu Ganghas and Amit Panghal also won gold medals in their respective boxing categories.

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How many medals Indians win on the penultimate day of the 2022 CWG remains to be seen. The highlight for the day is surely the final of the women’s cricket event, scheduled to commence from 9:30 PM, which will see India facing Australia. 

Deepika Pallikal and Saurav Ghosal will also be seen in action tonight, where they can bag bronze medals in their squash mixed doubles encounter.