Very similar to his efficiency on the Tokyo Olympics final yr, Neeraj Chopra made it look straightforward within the qualification spherical of the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on Friday, July 22. The Olympic gold medalist wanted only one throw to breach the automated qualifying mark and attain his maiden world last in males’s javelin.

Neeraj Chopra threw 88.39m in his first try after going first in Group A of the qualification in males’s javelin on the Hayward Area within the USA. It was nicely above the automated qualification mark of 83.50m.

Notably, Neeraj had certified for the Tokyo Olympics last with just one throw within the qualification spherical – 86.50m.

Sporting the blue Indian jersey, Neeraj seemed calm and composed as he walked onto the sector along with his spear and hurled it throughout the yellow line to e-book a spot within the last, which he missed 5 years in the past at his maiden World Athletics Championships meet. The then-teenager had missed the ultimate after managing 82.26m in London in 2017.

Neeraj made amends, and laid down an early marker with a warning discover to the remainder of the chasing discipline.



Neeraj’s throw of 88.39m is just a bit greater than a metre lower than his nationwide record-setting throw of 89.94m set on the Stockholm Diamond League in June.

Solely 2 throwers booked the automated qualification within the first try on Friday as Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch threw 85.23m. Solely 3 throwers went previous the 80m-mark of their first makes an attempt within the Qualification Group A, highlighting the enormity of Neeraj’s effort.

Group A males’s javelin qualification spherical outcomes (Screengrab from World Athletics Championships)

Later within the day, India’s Rohit Yadav can be in motion in Qualification Group B, eyeing a spot within the last.

India have received just one medal within the historical past of the World Athletics Championships when Anju Bobby George took the ladies’s lengthy bounce bronze in 2003.

Nevertheless, the report may change this weekend as Neeraj Chopra will problem for a podium end in Oregon. Additionally within the fray is Annu Rani, who booked a spot within the girls’s javelin last with a throw of 59.60m. In contrast to Chopra, Rani wanted all 3 throws within the qualification to achieve the ultimate.

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