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Chopra effect fuels world record

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PNS|New Delhi

The Neeraj Chopra-inspired javelin revolution is headed in the right direction with three Indians finishing in top six of the World Championships final, unprecedented in the tournament’s history. Javelin powerhouse Germany has had three of its competitors finishing in top eight on four occasions — 1995, 2003, 2015, 2017 — since the World Championships began in 1983 but never had three participants from a country ended in top six of the final.

In Budapest on Sunday, Chopra added a World Championships gold to his historic Tokyo Olympics yellow metal, while Kishore Jena and DP Manu finished fifth and sixth respectively.

It was Jena and Manu’s debut World Championships while Chopra has won a silver in the 2022 edition.

In fact, India were to have four entries as Chopra got wild card as Diamond League champion. But Rohit Yadav had to pull out of the showpiece due to an elbow surgery on his throwing arm.

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