Dorozhon qualifies for World Athletics Championships
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Dorozhon qualifies for World Athletics Championships

Javelin thrower secures her place for next month's London tournament

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Marharyta Dorozhon failed to reach the final of the javelin
Marharyta Dorozhon failed to reach the final of the javelin

Israeli javelin thrower Marharyta Dorozhon had two reasons to celebrate after she not only won the Maccabiah women’s competition – but also qualified for the World Athletics Championships in London.

Having missed out on a place at last summer’s Rio Olympic Games, the Ukrainian-born 29-year-old had to register a throw of more than 60m in 2016 in order to meet the qualifying standards – and did so in Jerusalem with a throw of 63.07.

Dorozhon became an Israeli citizen in 2014 and has a personal best throw of 64.56m, but injury curtailed most of her season in 2016.

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