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From Olympic embarrassment to world champion: How Aussie athlete won a gold medal in the javelin after making one simple change to her throw Australian Kelsey-Lee Barber has taken gold at the 2019 World Championships The javelin thrower barely qualified for finals before producing a great throw She jumped from fourth place to first in the final round of competing Her gold medal comes after an injury saw her place 28th at 2016 Rio Olympics 

By Brittany Chain For Daily Mail Australia and Aap

Published: 01:41 BST, 2 October 2019 | Updated: 01:46 BST, 2 October 2019

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Australian javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Barber has taken gold at the 2019 World Champs

Australian javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Barber has taken gold at the 2019 World Champs

Australian javelin thrower Kelsey-Lee Barber has taken gold at the 2019 World Championships in Doha after barely scraping through the qualifying round.

The 28-year-old from Canberra nudged her way into finals in 10th place out of 12 women and wasn't expected to medal until her final throw.

She was sitting in fourth place before producing a 66.56m final throw, seeing her jump ahead of the three people in front of her to nab the top spot.

Barber became the first Australian to win gold in the event on the world stage.

She credits her husband and trainer, Mike Barber, for encouraging her to change her technique ahead of the final round.

'Mike told me to take my run-up back a bit little going into that fifth round, that really allowed me to settle into my run and get my feet down,' she said after the win.

'I think going into that last round having felt that quick feet, I was able to keep my composure into that knowing I still had something bigger to show.' 

Barber credits her husband for encouraging her to change her technique ahead of the final round

Barber credits her husband for encouraging her to change her technique ahead of the final round 

But the road to winning gold for the South African-born competitor hasn't always been easy.

She injured her back during her 2016 campaign to the Rio Olympics, and crashed

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