Neeraj Chopra Advances to Javelin Throw Final at World Athletics Championships 2023
Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra has secured a spot in the men’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships 2023. He topped the qualifying round in Budapest, Hungary, on Friday.
Competing in slightly overcast conditions, Chopra achieved an impressive throw of 88.77 meters with his first attempt, surpassing the required mark of 83.00 meters for direct entry into the final. He didn’t take his next two attempts.
This throw also crossed the entry standard for the Paris 2024 Olympics in javelin throw. The entry standard for the men’s javelin throw event for the upcoming Summer Games is 85.50 meters. The qualification window for the Paris 2024 Olympics began on July 1, 2023.
It’s important to note that meeting the entry standard is only one step in the Olympic qualification process. The National Olympic Committees decide whether an athlete will join the NOC team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
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Neeraj Chopra, who won the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and earned a silver medal in the 2022 world championships, holds India’s national record with a throw of 89.94 meters. His previous best this season was 88.67 meters at the Doha Diamond League in May.
After securing his spot in the final, Chopra expressed his confidence, saying, “I had a couple of good throws during my warm-up and I felt confident that I would make it past the first round.” He also mentioned his limited participation this year due to a focus on avoiding injuries before this important competition. He emphasized his determination to give his all in the upcoming world championships final on Sunday.