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Neeraj Chopra qualifies for 2024 Olympics, enters World Championships final with 88.77m throw | Sport-others News

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra needed just one big throw to qualify for the World Championships men’s javelin throw final as well as 2024 Paris Games, pulling off a commendable first-attempt of 88.77m here on Friday.

The 2024 Paris Olympics qualifying mark is 85.50m. The qualifying window began on July 1.

The 25-year-old Chopra’s qualifying round lasted just a few minutes as he sent the spear to his season’s best distance in his first attempt. He topped Group A qualification round.

With the automatic final qualification mark set for 83m, Chopra, who has a personal best of 89.94m, packed up and left the competition arena without taking any further throw.

Competing in the same group with Chopra in his debut World Championships, Manu finished third and sixth overall with a best throw of 81.31m which he produced in his second attempt. Manu had won a silver in the Asian Championships in July.

Jena, whose visa was rejected first by the Hungarian embassy in New Delhi before being cleared the next day, ended fifth in Group B and ninth overall with 80.55m. It is also his debut World Championships.

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Those who throw 83m or the top-12 best performers from both Group A and B qualify for the final.

Reigning Commonwealth Games champion Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan also qualified for the 2024 Paris Games with his season best throw of 86.79m.

Nadeem, a bronze medallist in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia where Chopra had won gold, topped Group B and finished second overall.

Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic, who won silver medal behind Chopra in Tokyo Olympics, was second in Group B and third overall with a best throw of 83.50m.

Germany’s Julian Weber was fourth overall with a best throw of 82.39m.

Defending champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who has been struggling for form this season, failed to qualify for the final round after finishing seventh in Group A and 16th overall with a best throw of 78.49m.

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Chopra’s World Championships qualifying round campaign on Friday is reminiscent of his performance during the same stage of competition in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

On that occasion also, he had needed just one throw of 86.65m to qualify for the final. The automatic qualifying mark was 83.50m at that time.

He later went on to win gold medal in the final with a throw of 87.58m to script history.

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