New Delhi: The 2022 World Athletics Championships have been in progress at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, United States. Sports fans in India are anxiously waiting for the javelin throw event, which will get underway early Friday morning (India time). Why? The Tokyo Olympics javelin throw gold medalist, Neeraj Chopra, along with Rohit Yadav, will be in action in this event. Both Indian athletes are set to produce remarkable performances in the men’s javelin throw qualification rounds in Group A & B at the Oregon World Championships.
Neeraj is hoping to bring home the yellow metal and become the country’s first World Athletics Championships winner. He is likely to qualify for the final round quite easily.
Anju Bobby George, a well-known name in the long jump event, is the first and only Indian athlete to win a medal in this prestigious championship. She bagged a bronze medal with a jump of 6.70m at the Paris 2003 World Athletics Championships.
The ace Indian athlete, Neeraj Chopra, has been planning to cross the 90m milestone. Three weeks ago, he achieved his career’s best mark of 89.94m for a second-place finish at the Wanda Diamond League in Stockholm on June 30.
Neeraj said that “I am looking to take part at the World Championships without any pressure on my mind.” I don’t like to put pressure on myself that I am an Olympic champion. I am ready to give my 100 percent on the field. Every athlete aims to get a gold medal, and so is the case with me.
Annu Rani books her place in final
In the women’s section, India’s Annu Rani moved into the final at the World Championships javelin throw. She achieved this feat after throwing a javelin 59.60m in her final attempt in Oregon on Thursday, July 21. This is Rani’s second successive javelin final at the world meet. She came in 8th place in the last edition held in Doha in 2019.