Neeraj Chopra, the Indian javelin thrower, qualified for the men’s final on Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium after earning an automatic qualifying in the Men’s Long Throws Group A. Qualification. He became the first Indian javelin thrower to reach the Games’ finals with a huge throw of 86.65m, which placed him first in Group A qualifying.
The throw was the sixth-best of his career and the third-best of the 2021 season. Neeraj’s best performances include 86.79m (Kuortane Games, June 2021), 87.43m (Doha Diamond League, May 2018), 87.80m (Federation Cup, March 2021), 87.87m (ACNW Meeting, South Africa, January 2020), 88.06m (Asian Games, 2018), 88.07m (Indian GP-3, March 2021)
Chopra’s victory over gold medal and 2017 world champion Johannes Vetter of Germany on Tuesday will go down as one of the finest performances by an Indian at the Olympics. Johannes Vetter, who had previously stated that beating Chopra at the Olympics would be difficult, struggled in his first two throws before clearing the automatic qualification line with an 85.64m final throw.
Neeraj Chopra announced himself to the world when he set U20 World Record in 2016. In 2018 he became the first Indian to win Gold at the Asian Games. In 2021, he bagged Gold Medal in Commonwealth Games, thus automatically qualifying for the Olympics and making him First Indian to qualify for Javelin Throw Finals. The finals of Men’s Javelin Throw will be held on 7 August at 4:30 PM IST. With such stellar performance in the qualifying round, it looks certain that Neeraj Chopra will bring glory to the nation. We at LPU wish Neeraj Chopra the Best of Luck for the Finals.