Kelsey-Lee Barber prepares to launch her javelin

Kelsey-Lee Barber pips Australian teammate Mackenzie Little to win Commonwealth Games javelin gold

World champion Kelsey-Lee Barber has delivered when it mattered most, claiming the Commonwealth Games gold medal in the women’s javelin with her final throw.

Australian teammate Mackenzie Little had led the competition into the sixth and final round after producing a personal best of 64.27 meters with her fifth effort.

But Barber — who was struck down by COVID-19 on the eve of the Commonwealth Games — showed cool nerves to unleash the winning throw of 64.43m with her final attempt.

Little took the silver medal only a fortnight after she finished fifth behind Barber at the world championships in Eugene.

She had set what was a personal best of 64.03m with her first attempt in the Birmingham final.

Mackenzie Little set a new PB with a throw of 64.27 meters.(Getty Images: David Ramos)

Barber’s win in Eugene was her second world championship, while she was a bronze medalist at the Tokyo Olympics.