Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra has secured his place in the World Athletics Championships finals with a phenomenal throw of 88.77m in the men’s Javelin event. This outstanding performance not only earned him a spot in the finals but also ensured his qualification for the Paris Olympics in 2024. Neeraj Chopra showcased his best form of the season, marking the fourth-best throw of his career.
Meeting the minimum distance requirement of 85.50m for Olympic qualification is a significant achievement, but the final decision on securing a spot in the National Olympic Committee (NOC) team for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games ultimately rests with the committee.
Among the competitors, only Germany’s Julian Webber managed to surpass the 80-meter mark in the first round, with a throw of 82.39m.
Despite his stellar performance at the Tokyo Olympics, Neeraj Chopra missed out on the gold in the previous edition of the World Athletics Championships, finishing second behind Anderson Peters. However, this year, Peters’ performance during the qualification A round was subpar, as he managed a throw of 78.49m after three attempts.
India’s rising Javelin star, DP Manu, achieved a commendable distance of 81.31 meters, securing third place behind Julian Webber. DP Manu also stands a good chance of making it to the World Athletics Championships finals, unless nine other athletes outperform him during qualification B.
Neeraj Chopra’s remarkable throw is even more impressive considering the challenging atmospheric conditions. Dense air and unpredictable crosswinds made it difficult for athletes to achieve their desired javelin distances. Despite these obstacles, Neeraj Chopra remains determined to clinch gold this year, building on his impressive track record, which includes gold medals in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, a Diamond League championship title, and the prestigious gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.