Neeraj Chopra secured an automatic qualification with his first attempt in the qualification event of the Javelin throw event. Chopra had a 86.65m throw in his first attempt to not only top the qualification standings after all the first attempts, but also go past the automatic qualification mark (83.50).
Competing in his first Olympics, Chopra took just a few seconds to make to the final round to be held on Saturday as he sent the spear well past the qualifying mark of 83.50m during the group A qualifications.
Finland’s Lassi Etelatalo also earned a direct qualification with an effort of 84.50m.
The 23-year-old Indian left the javelin arena after his first throw, having secured his place in the final easily.
Shivpal Singh, the other Indian in the fray, will present his challenge in Group B, later in the day.