Neeraj Chopra, Manu DP and Kishore Jena qualify for javelin throw finals at the World Athletics Championship 2023 held in Budapest, Hungary.
Neeraj Chopra gave the season’s best throw at his first attempt with a record distance of 88.77m .
The qualifying distance was of 83.00m at the championship.
With his marvelous throw Neeraj also broke through the entry standard for javelin throw in the Paris Olympics 2024.
The entry standard for the men’s javelin throw event for the upcoming Summer Games is 85.50m.
Neeraj Chopra, the Tokyo 2020 champion and 2022 world championships silver medallist, holds India’s national record of 89.94m.
The Indian javelin ace achieved his previous season-best of 88.67 at the Doha Diamond League in May.
India’s 23-year-old Manu DP, who was in Group A with Neeraj Chopra, finished sixth overall across both groups and qualified for the final courtesy his throw of 81.31m.
Kishore Jena, competing in Group B, also made the cut for the 12-man final with an 80.55m throw. He was ninth in the standings.
Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, the Commonwealth Games champion, threw 86.79m with his final attempt to finish second behind Neeraj Chopra, overall.
Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic came third with a distance of 83.50. European champion Julian Weber from Germany threw 82.39m to come fourth.