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World Athletics C’ships 2023: Neeraj Chopra qualifies for final, Manu and Kishore Jena also book spots

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India’s Neeraj Chopra progressed to the men’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships 2023 after topping the qualifying round in Budapest, Hungary on Friday.

Neeraj Chopra produced a season’s best throw of 88.77m with his first attempt to gain a direct entry into the final scheduled on Sunday. The automatic qualifying mark was 83.00m.

India’s 23-year-old Manu DP, who was in Group A with Neeraj Chopra, finished sixth overall across both groups and qualified for the final courtesy his throw of 81.31m.

Kishore Jena, competing in Group B, also made the cut for the 12-man final with an 80.55m throw. He was ninth in the standings.

Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, the Commonwealth Games champion, threw 86.79m with his final attempt to finish second behind Neeraj Chopra, overall.

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