India’s Neeraj Chopra on Wednesday qualified to the finals of Men’s Javelin throw competition in his first attempt. Chopra’s first and only throw covered a distance of 86.65 M as he topped the Group A to automatically qualify for the finals.
The finals would take place on 7 August.
Another Indian athlete, Annu Rani, failed to qualify for the finals in the women’s javelin throw event.
Shivpal Singh was another Indian, seeking to book a place in the finals from Group B of the men’s javelin throw competition at the Tokyo Olympics. Singh’s best throw was 76.40 M and has missed out on the qualification for the finals.
.@Neeraj_chopra1 made entering an Olympic final look so easy! ????????
Neeraj's FIRST attempt of 86.65m in his FIRST-EVER #Olympics was recorded as the highest in men's Group A, beating @jojo_javelin's 85.64m ????#StrongerTogether | #UnitedByEmotion | #Tokyo2020 | #BestOfTokyo pic.twitter.com/U4eYHBVrjG
— #Tokyo2020 for India (@Tokyo2020hi) August 4, 2021
Athletes covering a distance of 83.50 M would automatically qualify for the finals. Alternatively, 12 athletes with the best distance would lock horns in the finals.