Debutant Neeraj Chopra qualifies for the finals of the Tokyo Olympics javelin in his first attempt

Top Indian javelin star Neeraj Chopra, making his Olympic debut in Tokyo, threw a massive 86.65 metre in his first attempt on Wednesday (August 4) to easily qualify for Saturday’s final (August 7). The qualifying mark for the final was set at 83.5m, but Chopra didn’t need a second attempt to clear it. No one could come close to Chopra’s mark in Group A of the javelin qualification, with 2017 World Champion Johannes Vetter coming in second with a throw of 85.64m.

Chopra, who is competing in his first Olympics, took only a few seconds to advance to the final round, which will be held on Saturday, after sending the spear well past the qualifying mark of 83.50m during the group A qualifications. The 23-year-old Indian exited the javelin arena after his first throw, having easily secured his spot in the final.

Shivpal Singh, the other Indian in the competition, will present his challenge later in the day in Group B.

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