Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra returns to the World Championships for the first time in 4 years as he looks to further his reputation. Neeraj will be in action on Thursday (Friday morning IST) in the qualification round in men’s javelin at the Oregon World Athletics Championships in Eugene, USA.
Along with Neeraj Chopra, India’s Rohit Yadav will also be in fray for a spot in the final. 28 athletes will be in action in the men’s javelin qualification across 2 series and only 12 will make it to the final.
The automatic qualification mark is set at 83.50m and Neeraj is expected to make the final without breaking a sweat. Each javelin star will get 3 attempts in the qualification round.
Chopra had set a new national record of 89.94m, just 6cm shy of the 90m mark, the gold standard in the world of javelin throw, at the prestigious Diamond League in Stockholm last month en route to a silver medal.
The 24-year-old finished second behind Grenada’s Anderson Peters, who recorded a best throw of 90.31m.
“I was 6cm short of the 90m mark, I was pretty close. I hope to cross 90m this year. But I never think or focus on distance going into a competition. I just try to give my 100 per cent,” Chopra said in a virtual interaction from Eugene after he was named as a partner by Underdog Athletics to represent its Under Armour brand.
A strong field awaits Chopra in the World Championships.
Besides, Chopra, Peters, Olympic silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic, Finland’s Oliver Helander and the German duo of Julian Weber and Johannes Vetter will be in action.
When and where will the men’s javelin qualification take place at the World Athletics Championships?
Hayward Field will host the men’s javelin qualification from 5:30 am IST on Friday, July 22.
Where can I watch the World Athletics Championships javelin qualification live on TV?
Sony Sports will provide live TV coverage of the World Athletics Championships.
Where can I watch the World Athletics Championships javelin qualification live online?
Sony Liv will provide the live streaming of the World Athletics Championships.
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