Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh joined Neeraj Chopra as India’s second javelin thrower to book a place at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after breaching the qualification mark at the ACNW Meeting at the McArthur Stadium. Also Read - Olympics Postponement Blessing in Disguise: India Dragflicker Gurjit Singh
Shivpal crossed the standard qualification mark of 85 metres, hurled the spear at the distance of 85.47 metres in his fifth attempt to win a gold medal and secure his maiden Olympics qualification. Akashdeep Singh, another Indian participating in the event, finished with a throw of 75 metres to emerge fourth. Also Read - Will Keep Fighting And Won't Give up Until I Win Gold For India at Olympics: Mary Kom
Shivpal Singh qualifies for #Olympics @Tokyo2020 with a performance of 85.47m in Men’s Javelin in #SouthAfrica,” the Athletics Federation of India tweeted. Also Read - World Athletics Championships to be Delayed by a Year After Tokyo Olympics Move to 2021
Shivpal recorded a personal best throw of 86.23 during his silver medal finish during the Asian Championships in Doha last year. He finished eighth at the Diamond League meeting in Norway last year, clocking 80.87 metres. Chopra, meanwhile, had booked his place at the quadrennial games in January with a throw of 87.86 meters during the ACNW League.
Besides Shivpal, two more athletes have been confirmed a spot at the Tokyo Games namely KT Irfan and Avinash Sable. Irfan is a national record holder in the 20km race walk while Sable holds the record in the 3000m steeplechase event. India’s mixed 4x400m relay team has also qualified for the Tokyo Olympics.
National record holder Annu Rani also won the gold with a best throw of 61.15 metres in women’s javelin throw in her first competition of the year. Her effort was, however, well below the Tokyo Olympics qualifying mark of 64 metres.