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Neeraj Chopra clinches gold in Portugal

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Javelin Throw

Olympic-bound javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra opened his international season with a promising 83.18m effort that fetched him the gold in the City of Lisbon athletics meet.

Highlights:

  • It was the 23-year-old Chopra’s first event overseas since qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in South Africa in January 2020 with a throw of 87.86.
  • The second place finisher Francisco Fernandes, a local athlete, was second with a best throw of 57.25m in a six-man competition.
  • Chopra will compete in Karlstad Meet in Sweden on June 22 and in the Kuortane Games in Finland on June 26.
  • He had broken his own national record with a throw of 88.07m in Patiala at the Indian Grand Prix 3 in March.

About Javelin Throw:

  • The javelin throw is a track and field event where the javelin, a spear about 2.5 m in length, is thrown.
  • The javelin thrower gains momentum by running within a predetermined area.
  • Javelin throwing is an event of both the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon.

About Modern Javelins:

  • Modern javelins are primarily made from steel, aluminum or aluminum alloy and the construction of the javelin must follow the rules of the IAAF.
  • The javelin must contain a head, shaft, and chord grip.

Who invented javelin throwing technique?

  • The inventor of the modern javelin throwing technique is Eric Lemming from Sweden.
  • From 1900 to 1912 he participated in various Olympic Games and won several gold in freestyle javelin and 1912 in the javelin throw.

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