Australian Kelsey Barber won Commonwealth Games javelin gold.
After successfully defending her global championship a month ago and surviving a COVID-19 battle, Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber won the gold medal in the javelin event at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday.
Barber, who won a silver and a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and 2018, almost missed her flight to Birmingham after testing positive for COVID while traveling to an Australian training camp after the global championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The 30-year-old had tested positive for a week but was eventually permitted to participate.
Barber said, “I wasn’t going to let that impact my performance today. “I trusted that method because I had tremendous confidence from the world and an excellent feel for my javelin.
So I was focused today and understood what I wanted to do.
Before unleashing a mighty effort of 64.43 meters on her last throw to take the gold from her teammate by only 16 centimeters, Barber seemed to be content with silver behind Mackenzie Little.
Annu Rani of India, who won bronze, completed the podium.
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