With an 88.77-meter throw, Neeraj Chopra reached the finals of the World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary on Friday. Deepi Manu and Kishor Jena also secured qualification.
Neeraj Chopra achieved an automatic qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics with his 88.77-meter throw. The qualifying mark for the Olympics is 85.50 meters. This marks Neeraj’s best performance of the season and his fourth-best performance of his career. He achieved this feat on Sunday with his first attempt.
The qualification mark was 83 meters. With this throw, Neeraj also earned an automatic qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics, where the qualifying mark is 85.50 meters. The qualifying window started on July 1.
In the context of Neeraj’s effort, Germany’s Julian Weber was the only other athlete to qualify in set A of the qualification. He cleared the 80-meter mark in the first round of throws. None of the other 15 athletes in the same set managed to achieve automatic qualification even after three attempts. Now, their fate will depend on the results of qualification set B. If the majority fail to surpass the qualification mark of 83 meters, the best 12 from both groups will advance to the finals.
In the same group, India’s other athletes Deepi Manu and Kishor Jena secured qualification for the finals as well. Deepi Manu claimed the third spot with a best attempt of 81.31 meters behind Weber’s 82.39 meters. Kishor Jena, who secured the fifth spot in Group B with a best attempt of 80.55 meters, also qualified. Manu ranked sixth in the men’s javelin throw competition while Jena secured the ninth spot, where 12 athletes were selected.
From Group B, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem (86.79 meters) and Jakub Vadlejch (83.50 meters) were the only two athletes who directly qualified.
Former champion Anderson Peters disappointed with a best attempt of 78.49 meters after three tries and didn’t make it through. He ranked seventh in Group A and would now have to depend on the poor performances of most athletes in Group B to advance to the finals.
Unfavorable wind conditions, including gusts and changing directions, played a significant role in the athletes’ lower-level performances. Despite this, it had no impact on Neeraj, who set a personal best of 89.94 meters in a single attempt.
The current focus of the previous edition’s silver medalist is to claim the gold this time and complete the medals’ set in his remarkable career. Neeraj triumphed with a gold medal in Tokyo Olympics. He has won gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games and is also a Diamond League champion. The 25-year-old athlete came very close to winning the World Championship last year in Oregon but finished second after Anderson Peters.