India’s Neeraj Chopra made one of the best debuts at the Olympics, qualifying for the finals in Javelin Throw with his first throw. Neeraj Chopra threw a distance of 86.65 meters, which was also the best amongst both qualifying groups.
Following Neeraj closely is Germany’s Johannes Vetter, who threw Javelin across 85.64 meters.
28-year-old Johannes, with a personal best of 97.76 m in September 2020 at the Continental Tour in Poland – the second-best Javelin Throw of all time, is considered a favorite for Gold in the run-up to Tokyo Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra threw 88.07 at Indian Grand Prix in Patiala earlier this year, which is his overall best throw. Earlier in August 2018, at the Asian Games in Indonesia, he threw 88.06 m to win Gold.
23 year old Neeraj Chopra, a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army, will have to give his very best to out-throw his competition at the Finals on August 7th, to bring home the Gold.