Australians Kim Mickle and Kathryn Mitchell through to javelin final at world track and field titles

Greatest Sporting Moments, Australians Kim Mickle and Kathryn Mitchell through to javelin final at world track and field titles

Australian pair Kim Mickle and Kathryn Mitchell both took care of business in being automatic qualifiers for Sunday’s women’s javelin final.

A personal best of 65.73 metres saw Mickle through, moving her to second on the Australian all-time list behind 1996 Olympic silver medallist Louise McPaul-Currey.

London Olympic finalist Mitchell threw 62.80m with her second attempt, enough to book her passage to the final.

Russia’s defending world champion Maria Abakumova landed a throw of 69.09m to head up qualifying.

Mickle placed sixth in Daegu but performed below par to miss the Olympic final 12 months ago.

She has been a model of consistency this year with podium finishes at four Diamond League meets.

The Perth-based Mickle intends to release her “boom tactic” in the final, which she describes as simply going out to “just smash it”.

“I have two points that I think of and I was thinking of those two points then,” she said.

“‘Boom’ is don’t think about those two points, just go for it.”

Mitchell says it means a lot to repeat her effort from London in making the final after undergoing ankle surgery in February.

“I didn’t start competing until quite late in the season and then I started in Europe,” she said.

“Competition by competition I’ve just built up bit by little bit.”

Joshua Ross did not fare as well as his Australian team-mates, running 21.45 to be seventh in his first-round heat of the 200m.

Usain Bolt strolled through to win his opening preliminary in 20.66, while Briton Adam Gemili was the fastest through with 20.17.

By Luke Pentony

 

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