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Neeraj Chopra Qualifies For Javelin Throw Finals At World Athletics Championship

On Friday, July 22, 2022, India’s biggest medal prospect, Neeraj Chopra, qualified for the men’s javelin final with a throw of 88.39m. With his throw, Chopra progressed to the finals as he breached the 83.50m qualification mark in a single attempt. 

To make his throw, Neeraj, 24, took 12 seconds. Now, he is only a step away from bringing a gold medal to country’s medal’s basket. Along with him, Olympic silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic qualified for the finals with a first-attempt throw of 85.23 m.

 

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Neeraj Chopra’s Best Performance

Neeraj Chopra’s javelin throw made in World Athletics Championship marks his third best throw in an event this year. Earlier this month, he broke his national record twice, with his latest being an 89.94m long throw at the Stockholm Diamond League. The present performance of Neeraj made the Indian side anticipate that Chopra would cross the 90m mark in the upcoming events, or probably in the final event.

 

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Neeraj Chopra is an Indian athlete who, although, did not started his career as a successful athlete. However, lately, he has emerged as a serious contender at the global level. Before him, long jumper Anju Bobby George secured a bronze in 2003. Since then, the Indian basket remained empty. However, Neeraj’s performance in the current championship has raised a ray of hope for all Indians. 

With his victory in Oregon, Chopra will become the second men’s javelin thrower to have multiple world titles. Earlier, Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen was reputed for the said position.

Second Qualification At The World’s Javelin Event

Neeraj Chopra’s qualification marks India’s second qualification at the world’s javelin event. Prior to him, Annu Rani, yesterday, July 21, 2022, secured a place in the finals. Rani started the qualification round in Group B with a foul. However, in her successive attempts, she came up with a throw of 55.35m. She saved her best for the last, as she hit the 59.60m mark to enter the finals.

Neeraj’s Reaction

After the event, Neeraj attended a press conference, where he said: “I’m very close to 90m, I reached 89.94m so I’m short by 6 centimeters, so my aim this year is to cross 90m,” He further added: “I don’t focus on the distance that I can achieve while entering a competition. I try to enjoy the sport and give my 100 percent and I will enter the World Championships with the same mindset, the amount of training I’ve done, the energy I have, I need to put in all,”

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