Tokyo 2020: Neeraj qualifies for javelin throw last with very good first throw -

Tokyo 2020: Neeraj qualifies for javelin throw last with very good first throw -

Medal contender Neeraj Chopra turned the primary Indian javelin thrower to enter the finals of the Olympic Video games with a shocking throw of 86.65m in his opening try that put him on high of the qualification spherical right here on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old saved India’s hopes of an elusive Olympic medal from athletics alive by incomes a direct entry into the finals to be held on Saturday as he despatched the spear properly previous the qualifying mark of 83.50m in his first try.

Nevertheless, Shivpal Singh, didn’t make the ultimate minimize with a below-par greatest throw of 76.40m, which he got here up in his first try, to complete a lowly twelfth within the Group B qualification which featured 16 athletes.

Competing in his first Olympics, Chopra took only a few seconds to make the ultimate spherical. He topped the Group A contest in addition to the 2 {qualifications} rounds.

A farmer’s son from Khandra village close to Panipat in Haryana who took up athletics to shed flab, Chopra left the javelin enviornment after his first throw.

“I’m at my first Olympic Video games, and I really feel superb. In warm-up my efficiency wasn’t so good, however then (within the qualifying spherical) my first throw had angle, and was an ideal throw,” Chopra stated after his occasion.

Chopra is, nevertheless, below no phantasm that the ultimate shall be a very completely different contest the place the world’s greatest will go for podium end.

“Will probably be a unique feeling (within the finals), since it’s my first time within the Olympics. Bodily we (all) prepare arduous, and are prepared, however I additionally want to organize mentally.

“I might want to deal with the throw, and attempt to repeat this (efficiency) with the next rating,” he stated.

Chopra’s efficiency on Saturday will go down as among the finest performances by an Indian within the Olympics, as he completed forward of gold medal favorite and 2017 world champion Johannes Vetter of Germany.

Vetter, who had earlier stated that Chopra will discover it powerful to beat him within the Olympics, struggled in his first two throws earlier than crossing the automated qualification mark with a 85.64m last throw.

The 28-year-old towering German, who got here into the Olympics after having seven monster throws of 90m-plus between April and June, was mendacity at a harmful seventh place after his first two throws however ultimately certified for the ultimate at second general behind Chopra.

“It was a bit powerful at the moment for me. It’s sizzling, takes a while to the precise timing, the precise positions and the precise rhythm. It’s what it’s proper now. I’ve  to analyse it and attempt to give my greatest on Saturday (within the last),” Vetter stated.

Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, who had received a bronze medal when Chopra clinched gold within the 2018 Asian Video games in Indonesia, topped Group B to earn an automated qualification to the finals with a second spherical throw of 85.16m.

He certified for the finals at general third behind Chopra and Vetter.

Finland’s Lassi Etelatalo additionally superior to the ultimate as an automated qualifier with a primary spherical throw of 84.50m.

Those that contact 83.50m mark or the 12 greatest performers qualify for the ultimate on Saturday.

The Indian athletics contingent, together with Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla and Klaus Bartonietz, the bio-mechanics knowledgeable in command of Chopra, have been cheering from the virtually empty stands.

This was Chopra’s seventh greatest throw and third better of the season 2021.

The sooner six greatest throws are 88.07m (March 2021; Indian GP-3), 88.06m (2018, Asian Video games), 87.87m (January 2020; ACNW Assembly in South Africa), 87.80m (March 2021; Federation Cup), 87.43m (Might 2018, Doha Diamond League) and 86.79 (June 2021; Kuortane Video games in Finland).

The reigning Asian Video games and Commonwealth Video games gold medallist had been wanting preparations within the run-up to the Olympics with simply three worldwide occasions, out of which just one — Kuortane Video games in Finland — was of top-class degree the place Vetter took the gold and he completed third The 26-year-old Shivpal, who has a season’s better of 81.63m and private better of 86.23m (in 2019), started with a 76.40m after which got here up with disappointing efforts of 74.80m and 74.81m within the subsequent two throws to complete twelfth in Group B and twenty seventh general out of 32 opponents. PTI 


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