New Delhi: Friday morning is an unforgettable day for Indian athletics. Rohit Yadav, the promising javelin thrower, has been following in the footsteps of Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra. He, along with Chopra, qualified for the final in the men’s javelin throw. Meanwhile, Eldhose Paul made history by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the triple jump final at the World Athletics Championships taking place in Oregon on Friday, July 22.
It’s massive, it’s historical🇮🇳
First time ever two Javelin Throwers makes it to the final of #WorldAthleticsChamps Neeraj & Rohit Yadav
Eldhose Paul is first Indian to reach men’s Triple Jump final pic.twitter.com/KZXz1aKOKB
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 22, 2022
Yadav achieved 11th place after he sent his spear to 80.42m, while defending champion, Grenada’s Anderson Peters, left everyone behind in the qualification round with a throw of 89.91m. The reigning Olympic champion, Neeraj Chopra, easily moved into the final with a spectacular first-attempt throw of 88.39m.
In the triple jump event, Eldhose got the sixth position in the Group A qualification round and 12th overall to go for Sunday’s final (6:50am IST).
The 25-year-old Eldhose, who landed at the venue just a few days ago because of some visa issues, kept going on his mission, which proved fruitful for him. His personal best jump is 16.99m, which he achieved during his gold medal quest at the Federation Cup in April. However, Praveen Chithravel and Abdulla Aboobacker, the two other Indians, were disappointed and failed to qualify for the finals despite their best efforts. Both recorded their best jumps of 16.49m and 16.45m, respectively.
In the triple jump event, those who surpass 17.05m or the 12 best performers across two qualification round groups qualify for the finals.