BALLARAT’S Kathryn Mitchell will compete for world gold after qualifying for the javelin final at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow yesterday.
Mitchell threw a season best of 62.80 metres, well clear of the qualifying mark 61.50 metres, with her second throw of the day to automatically qualify for the final.
After throwing a foul with her first attempt, the Eureka athlete found something special with her second throw, to qualify third in her group and fifth overall.
Before yesterday, Mitchell, 31, was yet to register a throw over 62 metres for the season, with 61.45 metres her previous greatest throw for the season.
Her personal best sits at 64.30 metres.
Speaking after qualifying, Mitchell said there were some anxious moments after her first throw.
“(There was) a little bit of stress after the first throw, that was to blow out the cobwebs and nerves, the first one,” she told Farirfax Media.
“But I knew it was in there I just had to be patient and put it out there and it happened to come out and pass the auto qualifier and it did.’’
In the other qualifying group, fellow Australian Kimberley Mickle threw a personal best distance of 65.73 metres.
Mitchell had an injury-interrupted Australian domestic season but returned to competition on the European circuit in June to throw three B-qualifiers for the championships.
She finished ninth at the London Olympics last year – better than the 12th she was ranked at the start of competition, but one place out of the final cut.
Meanwhile, Sally Pearson threw down the gauntlet to her American rivals by setting her fastest time of the year in the opening round of the 100m hurdles.
Pearson is happy to finally be running fit and pain-free again.