Palameika started the qualification competition in group A, while Mūze started in group B. To qualify for the final, the javelin throwers had to throw the javelin at a distance of at least 62.50 meters or be in the top twelve.
Between the two qualifying groups, only three athletes managed to immediately secure a place in the main competition by throwing the javelin far enough. The best result in the qualification was shown by Haruka Kitaguchi from Japan (64.32 meters), the second was China’s Yu Shin (63.86 meters), the top three was completed by Lithuanian athlete Liveta Jasunaite (63.80 meters).
Muze, throwing the javelin at a distance of 59.16 meters, showed the sixth best result in her group and took the tenth place among all athletes, securing a place in the main competition, which will take place on Saturday.
Palameika, meanwhile, threw the javelin 58.61 meters to achieve her best result of the season. She ranked sixth in group B, but among all 29 javelin throwers, she took 13th place and remained the first over the line.
Palameika’s result was 45 centimeters worse than that of Australian athlete Mackenzie Little, who was the last to qualify for the main competition.
Palaimeika has competed in the last five championships, taking part in the main competition in 2011, when she won 11th place. Mūze will compete in the planet master race for the third time, looking to improve the achievement of the 2013 championship in Moscow – 14th place.
Latvia is represented at the world championship by javelin throwers Līna Mūze, Madara Palameika, Patriks Gailums and Rolands Štrobinders, 400-meter runner Gunta Vaičule and walker Arnis Rumbenieks.
Among the athletes from Latvia, Vaičule, who did not pass the preliminaries in the 400-meter sprint and took the 25th position.
Coaches Gints Palameiks, Mārcis Štrobinders, Sigismunds Sirmais and Edvīns Krūms also went to the championship together with the athletes.
The World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon will take place until July 24.