Haruka Kitaguchi wins historical bronze for Japan in javelin throw at the World Championships

Haruka Kitaguchi won bronze in the women’s javelin throw at the World Championships in Athletics on Friday, becoming the first Japanese woman to win medals in the javelin throw at the World Championships or the Olympics.

The 24-year-old threw 63.27 meters in the final for Japan’s third medal at the ongoing championships in Oregon. Yukifumi Murakami was Japan’s last medalist in the javelin throw when he took bronze in the men’s event at the 2009 World Championships.

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