Kelsey-Lee Barber wins javelin gold at world athletics championshps

Australia's Kelsey-Lee Barber has won javelin gold at the world athletics championships.
Australia's Kelsey-Lee Barber has won javelin gold at the world athletics championships.

Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber has shown nerves of steel to win the gold medal in the women's javelin at the world athletics championships in Doha.

Barber claimed the gold in dramatic style, moving from fourth place to first with a huge final-round throw of 66.56m.

The minor medals went to Chinese duo Liu Shiying (65.75m) and Lyu Huihui (65.49m).

Barber came into the championships ranked No.2 in the world this year courtesy of a brilliant season highlighted by a personal best of 67.70m in Lucerne in July.

But she looked out of sorts in the qualifying round in Doha on Monday, only scraping through to the 12-woman final in 10th place.

Barber settled her nerves on Tuesday night with a solid opening throw of 62.95m, but with one round to go in the final she had only improved to 63.65m and a podium finished looked unlikely.

But the 28-year-old had other ideas, producing what turned out to be the gold medal-winning effort in the final round.

It was only the second throwing gold medal won by an Australian at a world championships.

Barber - who is coached by her husband Mike Barber - is just the ninth Australian athlete to win a gold medal at world championships level.

Australian Associated Press