Neeraj Chopra aualifies for Men’s Javelin Throw with 86.65m throw

India’s Neeraj Chopra qualified for the final of the Men’s Javelin Throw with a sensational throw of 86.65m in his first attempt here on Wednesday, putting him on top of the qualification round.

The 23-year-old kept India’s hopes of an Olympic medal in athletics alive by earning a direct entry into the finals, which will be held on Saturday, by sending the spear well beyond the qualifying mark of 83.50m in his first attempt.

Neeraj, who topped the standings in Group A, will next be in action in the final on August 7.

Germany’s Johannes Vetter was the second to qualify (in his third attempt) with a throw of 85.64m, followed by Finland’s Lassi Etelatalo, who threw a distance of 84.50. This is Etelatalo’s season-best throw.