Neeraj leads javelin charge; relay hope: Indians in focus at World Athletics Championships finale



India’s campaign at the 2023 World Athletics Championships came to a scintillating end in Budapest on Sunday night, as Neeraj Chopra, DP Manu, Kishore Kumar Jena, Parul Chaudhary and the men’s relay team of Muhammad Anas, Amoz Jacob, Muhammad Ajmal and Rajesh Ramesh, all featured in their respective events. In the final.

Realistically, Neeraj Chopra remains the most likely to bag a medal, though one cannot deny surprises from the other athletes involved.

Here’s what you need to know about the Indians on the final day of the 2023 World Athletics Championships:

Which events are Indian athletes involved in and when are they?

11:45 pm IST – Neeraj Chopra, DP Manu, Kishore Kumar Jena (Men’s Javelin Throw Final)

12:35 am IST – Parul Chowdhury (Women’s 3000m Steeplechase Final)

01:07 am IST – Muhammad Anas, Amoz Jacob, Muhammad Ajmal, Rajesh Ramesh (Men’s 4x400m Relay Final)

What are India’s chances in men’s javelin throw?

In keeping with the ‘Neeraj Effect’, India has three athletes in the men’s javelin throw for the first time.

Neeraj Chopra remains favorite to win the event after an amazing qualification, where he threw 88.77m (his best this season) in his first throw and automatically qualified for the final.

Jakub Vadlech, Julian Weber and Arshad Nadeem will be in contention for medals if we go through qualifying. DP Manu (81.31m in Q) and Kishore Kumar Jena (80.55m in Q) may have to shoot personal bests to stand a chance of a medal.

What are India’s chances in women’s 3000m steeplechase?

Parul Chowdhury has already grabbed a piece of history, becoming only the second female track athlete from India to qualify for the world finals (Lalita Babar in the 2015 edition, also in the 3000m steeplechase).

He had an incredible 2023, improving his personal best by nearly 14 seconds (he ran 9:24.29 to qualify for the final) and winning gold at the Asian Athletics Championships earlier this year.

However, with the likes of Kenyan world-record holder Beatrice Chepkoch and rising star Jacqueline Chepkoch, both hailing from Kenya, a medal is a far-fetched idea. In fact, the remaining 14 runners in the final all had season bests higher than Chowdhury’s personal best.

What are India’s chances in men’s 4x400m relay?

Saturday’s qualifying was already historic. Muhammad Anas, Amoz Jacob, Muhammad Ajmal and Rajesh Ramesh clocked a stunning time of 2:59.05 (an Asian and national record) to qualify for the final – a first for India in the event.

India’s time overall was second, with the USA leading the charts. India’s qualifying times were better than those of Great Britain, Botswana, Jamaica and France (3rd to 6th), boosting medal hopes.

All of the top 6 countries, except the USA, hit season-bests in their qualifiers, so if India’s quarterbacks are able to repeat their performance, they could very well bring home a stunning medal.

Where does all the action follow?

The general feed featuring a mix of concurrent events will be live-streamed on JioCinema. Event wise details can be checked on the World Athletics website. You can also follow ESPN India’s live-blog for comprehensive coverage of Indians.



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