Neeraj Chopra and Rohit Yadav enter the javelin throw final at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra advanced to the final of the javelin throw competition at the 2022 World Championships in Athletics in Oregon on Thursday. He made his way into the event’s first final with a throw of 88.39m, while Rohit Yadav also reached the last 12 of the event.

Placed in Group A, Chopra only needed a throw to cross the automatic qualifying mark, set at 83.50m. He had also set a national record of 89.94m en route to a silver medal at the Stockholm Diamond League earlier this year. Moreover, it is the third best pitch of his career.

At the 2017 event, Chopra failed to qualify for the event finals and missed the 2019 event due to injury. Meanwhile, Tokyo silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch was the only other pitcher to qualify directly. He recorded a best throw of 85.23m.

“It was a good start. I am also happy for Jakub,” said Neeraj Chopra. “I will give my 100% in the final. We will see. Every day is different. I’m just going to give my best. We don’t know who can throw away on any given day.

“There are so many pitchers in good shape now. Five to six pitchers have thrown personal bests this year. They are all in excellent shape. There is a bit of a zigzag in my momentum. I shook a bit, but it was a good throw,” Chopra added.

Apart from this, Rohit also reached the final of the event, Group B. He had a best throw of 80.42m and finished 11th in the 12-man field. Before that, Davinder Singh Kang was the only Indian to reach the final of the event, in 2017.

Anderson Peters of Grenada topped the overall standings with a throw of 89.91m. The German Julian Weber (87.28 m) also crossed the bar of automatic qualifications. Pakistani Arshad Nadeem (81.71m) reached the final after finishing ninth overall.

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