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Neeraj Chopra eyeing 90-m mark, first-ever World Athletics Championships gold in males’s javelin throw ultimate

Budapest [Hungary], August 26 (ANI): Tokyo Olympics champion and star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra shall be eyeing to safe his first World Athletics Championships gold medal when he takes to the sector for the ultimate of the lads’s javelin throw occasion on the National Athletics Centre at Budapest, Hungary on Sunday.

The ultimate will happen at 11:45 PM IST.

On Friday, India’s “Golden Boy” certified for the ultimate that includes 12 gamers in type with a season-best throw of 88.77 m, as per Olympics.com.

Having gained gold on the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Diamond League and Under-20 Championships, Neeraj has been eluded by a World Championships gold and having it will increase his private cupboard and nation’s athletics credentials immensely.

Last 12 months, he got here actually near clinching that gold, however with a throw of 88.13 m, he fell in need of Grenada javelin thrower Anderson Peters’ monstrous 90.54 m throw. Neeraj will even be aiming to the touch the much-talked-about 90 m mark and silence everybody as soon as and for all.

However, final 12 months’s silver was India’s solely second medal on the World Championships after Anju Bobby George’s bronze medal within the ladies’s lengthy bounce again in 2003 on the Paris World Championships.

Surprisingly, Peters has not made it previous the qualifiers this time round, giving Chopra’s probabilities a large increase. Neeraj is heading to the ultimate because the world’s top-ranked javelin thrower.

The Indian thrower will nonetheless face some robust names within the area, that includes Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion, and Julian Weber from Germany – the European champion and world No. 2.

India’s Manu DP, 2023 Asian Athletics Championships silver medalist and Kishore Jena have additionally made it to the ultimate, making it the primary time ever that three Indian gamers will play a ultimate collectively.

World Athletics Championships 2023: Men’s javelin throw ultimate begin list-Oliver Helander (FIN)-Jakub Vadlejch (CZE)-Dawid Wegner (POL)-Neeraj Chopra (IND)-Andrian Mardare (MDE)-Ihab Abdelrahman (EGY)-Arshad Nadeem (PAK)-Manu DP (IND)-Edis Matusevicius (LTU)-Julian Weber (GER)-Kishore Jena (IND)-Timothy Herman (BEL). (ANI)