Tokyo 2020, men’s javelin throw: For Neeraj Chopra’s event, a look at start list & season bests
Germany’s Johannes Vetter leads the current javelin rankings with a personal best of 97.76m.
Neeraj Chopra, one of India’s star athletes in the contingent for Tokyo Olympics, begins his competition on Wednesday with the qualification round for men’s javelin throw.
Javelin schedule on August 4
|5:35||Men's javelin throw Qualification - Group A||Neeraj Chopra||Final on Saturday|
|7:05||Men's javelin throw Qualification - Group B||Shivpal Singh||Final on Saturday|
Chopra became a track and field star, winning the javelin gold at the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games in 2018. But he first announced his arrival just before the 2016 Rio Olympics with the world record throw in Under-20 category at the U-20 World Championships. But that effort came after the qualification time had passed and he couldn’t make the cut for the Games.
Having qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last year, he recorded a personal best of 88.07m in the Indian Grand Prix in March. But an elbow injury in 2019 and then the pandemic have robbed him of the chance to get closer to the world’s best. He has competed...