After his Asian Athletics Championships gold, Neeraj Chopra was expected to make an impact at the Worlds. That was not to be as he failed to qualify for the final. Looking back, Chopra can put a finger on his flaws.
India’s report card from the World Athletics Championships is littered with ‘F’ grades. Only one athlete qualified for the final but finished 12th, another reached the semifinals and a third registered a personal best. But overall it has been another forgettable campaign.
Sudha Singh was not selected to participate in the World Championships but on Saturday night when the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) uploaded the start list for the World Athletics Championships, she was listed in the 3000 metre steeplechase.
P U Chitra's father Unnikrishnan says, life continues to be a struggle for the 22-year-old, who despite the phenomenal win in the 1500m at Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, wasn’t included in India’s squad for the London World Championship.
The stadium resounded with cheers as Chopra started his approach. As the spear left his hand, Chopra took a tumble but didn’t foul. It was to be his best throw so far of the evening, the 83.06 effort putting him in contention for a medal. His fifth attempt was another 80-plus throw – 80.99.
Sudha Singh puts Rio 2016 Olympics setback behind her to win gold in the 3,000m steeplechase in Asian Athletics Championship. On a penultimate day at the Kalinga Stadium, Sudha lit up the arena with a dominant performance.
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Neeraj Chopra was the youngest in the field at the Paris leg of the Diamond League, which included the current Olympic champion and half a dozen other athletes who had far more experience than him when it came to competing at the elite level.
The elite 10-man field includes the current Olympic champion Thomas Rohler. Invitation to participate in the Diamond League is reserved only for the best in the world. 19-year-old Neeraj Chopra is currently ranked No.12 in the senior list
At the National Stadium in Bangkok, Abhay Gupta registered a distance of 56.47 metres in his second throw to break the previous record of 53.06 in the name of Iranian Sajjad Hassen. At the national youth championships in April in Hyderabad, he won gold with 58.80.
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