Neeraj Chopra, Rohit Yadav, Eldhose Paul qualified for World Athletics Championships

Neeraj Chopra and Rohit Yadav qualified from Pool A and Pool B respectively to enter the World Javelin Championship final.

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra qualified for his first World Championship final with a stunning first attempt of 88.39m. Youngster Rohit Yadav also improved in the javelin medal race. In the men's triple jump, Eldhose Paul booked his place in the final.

The 24-year-old Chopra, a strong contender for a medal, opened the Group A qualifying round in the men's javelin, sending his javelin to 88.39m for his third career best throw. The 21-year-old Yadav was placed in Group B and qualified among the top 12 athletes. His first attempt of 80.42m got him into the final. He fouled on the second attempt and on the third his javelin reached 77.32 m.

Those who reach 83.50 m in the qualifying round or the top 12 in two groups qualify for the final.

Grenada's Anderson Peters, who defeated Chopra in the Stockholm Diamond League, is one of four automatic qualifiers for the final. By reaching the minimum, Julian Weber (87.28m) and Jakub Vadlejch (85.23m) also improved.

The medal round will be held on Sunday (7:05 PM IST).

In the men's triple jump, Eldhose Paul managed to qualify three Indians for the finals on Day 7 of the World Athletics Championships.

Paul's mark of 16.68m ensured he was included in the top 12 performers, despite missing the automatic qualifying mark of 17.05m. His three attempts stood at: 16.12m, 16.68m and 16.34m. Praveen Chithravel and Abdulla Aboobacker were not so happy. Chithravela's 16.49m and Aboobacker's 16.45m did not break them.