Neeraj Chopra qualifies for the final of the men's javelin
At the World Athletics Championships on Friday, Neeraj Chopra made it into the men's javelin throw final.
On Friday, Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic champion from India, qualified for the men's javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships with a first throw of 88.39 metres at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, in barely 12 seconds.
In the Group A qualification round, Neeraj Chopra, who had previously established a national record of 89.94 metres in Stockholm in June of this year, qualified for the World Athletics Championships at his very first attempt and started the rest of the competition.
Athletes who pass 83.50m or the top 12 finishers from each of the two qualification rounds advance to the final, under the qualification regulations. Notably, Chopra's 88.39m throw was his third-best try of all time.
Chopra, a gold winner from the Tokyo Olympics, broke a national record on June 30 at the Stockholm Diamond League with his first throw of 89.94 metres.
With his best throw of 80.42 metres today, India's Rohit Yadav joined Neeraj Chopra in making the top 12 qualifiers.
With a best leap of 16.68 metres, triple-jumper Eldhose Pual further qualified for the final in his competition. Praveen Chithravel and Abdulla Aboobacker, who came in at positions 17 and 19, respectively, failed to advance to the finals.