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Neelam in final

New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist discus thrower Neelam Jaswant Singh created history by becoming the first Indian to qualify for a final of the world athletics on Sunday.

The 32-year old Neelam achieved the feat when her last throw of 60.33m, her best of the season, surpassed the automatic qualifying mark of 60m.

Neelam, competing in Group B, began with a throw of 57.70m and came very close to the qualification mark with her second effort which measured 59.48m, according to information received here.

Neelam was placed 11th among the 12 finalists, headed by Russian world champion Natalya Sadova who cleared 63.47m.

Only eleven athletes went past the 60m mark, with Teresa Machado of Portugal qualifying as the 12th with an effort of 59.87m.

Neelamís effort surpassed the feats of P. T. Usha (400m hurdles) and K. M. Beenamol (400m), who had reached the semi-finals of the meet.

 

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