Wednesday, August 10, 2022

World Athletics: Neeraj, Eldhose qualify for finals

Neeraj Chopra and Rohit Yadav qualified for the World Athletics Championships final on Thursday.
Olympic champion Neeraj, 24, opened the men’s javelin throw Group A qualification round and sent his spear to 88.39m for his third career-best throw, on Thursday. While his compatriot Rohit Yadav’s first throw of 80.42 helped him qualify for the finals. The medal round will be held on Sunday (7:05am IST). Neeraj had missed the 2019 World Championships in Doha as he was recovering from an elbow surgery.
Placed in Group A at Hayward Field, Neeraj, the reigning Olympic champion, recorded an 88.39m throw in his first attempt to breach the qualifying mark and didn’t take his second and third attempts on Thursday. Notably, the qualifying cut for the Oregon 2022 men’s javelin throw competition was set at 83.50m or the 12 best performers.
Neeraj, who set a national record of 89.94 metres en route to a silver medal at the Stockholm Diamond League earlier this year, set the tone in Group A with an 88.39 metre throw in his very first attempt. This was the third-best throw Neeraj Chopra has recorded in his career. The Tokyo Olympics champion had failed to get past the qualifying round at the 2017 Worlds in London, his debut World Championships. He missed the 2019 World Championships in Doha due to an injury.
Tokyo silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch was the only other javelin thrower in Group A to breach the qualifying mark with an 85.23-metre effort, which also came in his first throw.
Later in the day, Neeraj’s compatriot Rohit Yadav also joined the reigning Olympic champion in the final from Group B. With a best throw of 80.42m, Rohit finished sixth in his group and 11th overall to make the 12-man final field.
Before Neeraj and Rohit, Davinder Singh Kang was the only Indian male javelin thrower to qualify for a World Championships javelin final. Kang finished 12th at London 2017.
Eldhose Paul first Indian to qualify
Eldhose Paul became the first Indian to qualify for the triple jump final at the World Championships with an effort of 16.68m. He finished sixth in Group A qualification round and 12th overall to make the cut for Sunday’s final (6:50am IST).
The 25-year-old Paul, who reached here just a few days ago due to visa issues, has a season’s and personal best of 16.99m which he had recorded while winning gold in the Federation Cup in April. The two other Indians, Praveen Chithravel and Abdulla Aboobacker failed to make it to the finals after best jumps of 16.49m and 16.45m respectively. Chitravel finished eighth in Group A and 17th overall while Aboobacker ended at 10th in Group B and 19th overall.
Those who cleared 17.05m or the 12 best performers across two qualification round groups qualify for the finals.

Eldhose Paul
SourcePTI/IANS

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