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Neeraj Chopra sets eye on World Athletics Championship 2022
Neeraj Chopra
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Neeraj Chopra sets eye on World Athletics Championship 2022

| @indiablooms | 21 Jul 2022, 03:54 pm

Eugene/IBNS: Tokyo Olympic javelin winner Neeraj Chopra has set his sights on the World Athletics Championships to be held in Oregon, USA post securing the long awaited Olympic gold in athletics last year for India.

All eyes will be on Chopra as he aims to end the 19-year long wait when he takes the field on Thursday (Friday morning in India) at 5:35 am IST.

India's first and only medal at the world athletics championships came in 2003, when Anju Bobby George won long jump bronze.

The world championship medal is the only major achievement missing in Chopra's CV.

His tally of medals already boasts of an Olympic, Asian Games, U20 Worlds, Commonwealth Games title and Diamond league medal.

Chopra, who started this year's season last month, broke the national record twice in three competitions.

He began the season with a performance that led to a national record, and a silver medal at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.

The track and field athlete then won gold at the Kuortane Games.

Later, at the Stockholm Diamond League, Chopra finished second with a personal best throw of 89.94m, rewriting his national record he set at the Paavo Nurmi Games.

A total of 32 javelin throwers will be competing in the two qualifying groups.

The 12 best will qualify for Saturday’s final.

The automatic qualification mark for the final is 83.50m and Chopra will look to achieve that without any fret.

They will face stiff competition from the defending champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who has breached the 90-mark thrice this year.

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