Olympic gold winner Neeraj Chopra advanced to the World Athletics Championships finals on Friday after throwing 88.77m in the men’s Javelin Throw event. With his place in the finals guaranteed, Neeraj Chopra has also qualified for the Paris Olympics 2024. Neeraj Chopra recorded his best performance of the season and the fourth-best of his career.
Neeraj Chopra’s incredible throw also secured him a straight berth in the 2024 Paris Olympics, where a minimum distance of 85.50m is required for qualification. However, completing the Olympic entrance standards is only one element of the selection process; the final decision on whether an athlete will be selected to the NOC team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games rests with the National Olympic Committee.
Apart from Neeraj Chopra, only Julian Webber of Germany (82.39m) threw the javelin beyond 80 meters in the first round.
Neeraj Chopra, the star of the Tokyo Olympics, finished second in the World Athletics Championships last year, trailing Anderson Peters, who had a poor result during the qualification A round this year, throwing 78.49m after three attempts.
DP Manu, India’s other rising star in the Javelin Throw, finished third with a best throw of 81.31 meters, trailing only Julian Webber. DP Manu also has a good chance of making the World Athletics Championships finals if nine other athletes throw better than him in qualification B.
Strong in the midst of atmospheric circumstances
All other athletes suffered with meteorological circumstances characterized by dense air and opposing crosswinds, which limited their throw. These conditions made it difficult to achieve long javelin distances.
Neeraj Chopra is aiming for gold this year, and with a stellar track record, he has every chance of succeeding. at addition to his spectacular feat as a Diamond League winner and a sparkling gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, he has gold medals from the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.