Annu Rani (born 28 August 1992 in Bahadurpur, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh) is an Indian javelin thrower. She was the first Indian woman to reach the finals of the women’s javelin throw event at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha.
After missing the Olympic Qualification mark, Annu qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics through international rankings. The best effort in her career is 63.24m, which helped her earn gold at the National Interstate Athletic Championship in Patiala in 2021.
Annu Rani was born on August 28, 1992, in the village of Bahadurpur, Uttar Pradesh, to an agricultural family. Her brother, Upendra, spotted her upper body strength during a cricket game and recognized her talent. He started training her by having her throw sugarcane sticks in an empty field. Annu’s first javelin stick was a long piece of bamboo that she fashioned herself because she couldn’t purchase one.
At the age of 18, she began competing in the javelin throw for the first time in 2010. Despite her father’s objection to girls participating in sports, her brother eventually began to pay for her training as well. He eventually came around to supporting Annu’s skill after she broke the national record in 2014, and he now supports her goal.
|Famous for||First Indian female to reach the World Athletics Championships finals, held in Doha 2019|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 165 cm
in meters– 1.65 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 5”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms– 65 kg
in pounds– 143 lbs
|Hair Colour||Natural Black|
|Coach/Mentor||• 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 2021Silver
• 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Qatar on 21 April 2019
|Record||First Indian female to reach the World Athletics Championships finals, held in Doha 2019|
|Awards||Sportstar Aces Sportswoman of the Year Award in Athletics in 2019|
|Date of Birth||28 August 1992 (Friday)|
|Age (as of 2021)||29 Years|
|Birthplace||Bahadurpur village, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hometown||Bahadurpur village, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh|
|Hobbies||Shopping, Reading Books|
|Parents||Father– Amarpal Singh|
|Siblings||Brother– Upendra Singh|
Career and Achievements
- Annu Rani was coached by Kashinath Naik at first and is now coached by Baljeet Singh.
- Rani won the gold medal in the 2014 National Inter-State Athletics Championship in Lucknow, breaking a 14-year-old national record and qualifying her for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she finished eighth.
- She earned bronze at the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, later that year, with a throw of 59.53 meters. She smashed her own record again two years later at the National Inter-state Athletics Championship with a throw of 60.01 meters.
- She smashed her personal record again in March 2019, throwing 62.34 meters at the National Senior Athletics Championships in Patiala, Punjab.
- Rani won a silver medal at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships in Qatar on April 21, 2019, qualifying her for the World Athletics Championship. She is the first Indian woman javelin thrower to compete in the World Athletics Championship.
- In Ostrava, Czech Republic, she earned the bronze medal at the IAAF World Challenge event Golden Spike Ostrava.
- In 2020, she was named Sportstar Aces Sportswoman of the Year in Athletics. At the 59th National Open Athletics Championship, she won gold in the women’s javelin throw event.
Annu Rani Height
She is blessed with an attractive personality which is enhanced by her black hair and black eyes. Her height is 5 feet and 5 inches which is 165 centimeters.
She follows a regular and healthy diet in order to keep herself healthy with a weight of 65 kg or 143 lbs.
Weight: 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Annu Rani Net Worth
According to some Internet sources, her estimated net worth is around $200K approx.
Annu Rani Husband
There is no information available with regards to her husband, boyfriend, and any relationships. It is believed that she is single and enjoyed her life with her family and friends.
Some Interesting Known Facts About Annu Rani:
- Annu Rani is a female Indian athlete who competes in the Javelin Throw event. She broke her personal record during the qualification stage of the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, in 2019.
- She fell short of qualifying for the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. She did, however, qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the basis of her World ranking of 18.
- She discussed the traditional nature of her village, where she grew up, in an interview. She said that she was not your traditional Indian girl who would prepare Rotis in the kitchen, but rather a girl who was interested in athletics and aspired to be a professional athlete. She went on to break many javelin throw records after taking up the sport. She also broke her own record several times.
- Annu claims that her brother saw her talent during a cricket game when she produced a flawless throw while standing at the boundary. Her brother then paid for all of her training costs.
- She created her spear out of bamboo in the beginning because she couldn’t buy a real one. She would drive 13 kilometers each day to practice this game on an empty field. Annu claims that her father and a local farmer were constantly against her athletic interests.
- Kashinath Naik, a Commonwealth Bronze Medalist, was keen to prepare her for international events after seeing her performance, but he would need to convince her father to allow her to practice away from home. His father consented, and Annu Rani enrolled as a Kashinath student in 2013. Annu Rani was then trained at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala, where she would practice the Javelin throw around 80 times a day as well as heavy weight lifting of 180 kg to develop a powerful physique. Her javelin used to be around 600g in weight. Annu claims that she used heavy Javelin to improve her strength.
- Under Naik’s tutelage, she smashed her own national record of 58.83 meters in the 2014 National Inter-state Championship in Incheon. Later that year, she smashed it again at the Asian Games, winning bronze with a throw of 59.53m in Incheon, South Korea. It was her first medal in life.
- Annu Rani had many injuries the next year, but she made a valiant comeback the following year, in 2016, breaking her record for the third time with a throw of 60.01m at the 56th Open National Athletics Championship. This was the first time an Indian lady jumped 60 meters.
- Her outstanding performance continued, as she threw 61.86m at the Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships on June 4, 2017. With this, she secured a spot in the 2017 Athletics World Championship and became the first Indian woman to accomplish so.
- She threw the spear 62.34m while representing her state of Uttar Pradesh, over half a meter further than her previous record of 61.86m. She cleared the qualifying standard of 61.50m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
- She then won the silver medal for the country with her best throw of 60.22m at the World Championships held in Doha at the 23rd Asian Athletics Championships on 21 April 2019.
- Annu Rani continued her winning ways in the women’s javelin throw event at the 59th National Open Athletics Championships in October 2019. She won easily in the Birsa Munda Athletics Stadium with scores of 56.97m, 55.97m, 58.31m, 57.29m, and 56.86 before finishing with a final mark of 58.60m.