Neeraj Chopra, India’s Olympics Gold Medal Winner, qualified for the men’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships on Friday with a throw of 88.39 metres in just 12 seconds at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Neeraj Chopra qualified for the World Athletics Championships in his very first attempt in the Group A qualification round and started the subsequent events. Neeraj Chopra had established a national record of 89.94 metres in Stockholm in June of this year.
Neeraj Chopra on course to win medal at World Athletics Championship 2022
Athletes who pass 83.50m or the top 12 finishers from each of the two qualification rounds advance to the final, under the qualification regulations. Notably, Chopra’s throw of 88.39 metres ranked third among all attempts.
Neeraj Chopra keeps India’s Gold Medal Hope Alive at World Athletics Championships
Chopra, a gold winner from the Tokyo Olympics, broke a national record on June 30 at the Stockholm Diamond League with his first throw of 89.94 metres.
Rohit Yadav of India joined Neeraj Chopra in making the top 12 qualifiers with his best throw of 80.42 metres today.
In addition to this, triple-jumper Eldhose Pual also qualified for the final in his event with the best jump of 16.68m. However, Praveen Chithravel and Abdulla Aboobacker missed out on qualifying for finals as they finished at 17th and 19th position, respectively.