Shivpal Singh becomes 2nd Indian javelin thrower after Neeraj Chopra to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

March 11, 2020

AthleticsACNW League


Javelin thrower Shivpal Singh on Tuesday booked a spot in the Indian contingent that will be representing the country at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan later this year after successfully going over the qualification mark at the ACNW League Meeting in Potchefstroom, South Africa.

Shivpal threw the javelin at a distance of 85.47 meters in his 5th attempt to make the cut after failing to cross the 80-meter mark with his first three throws.

He is the second javelin thrower after Neeraj Chopra to qualify for the Games and the 9th Indian athlete in Track and Field who will be participating in the quadrennial event in Tokyo.

Neeraj had managed a throw of 87.86m at the ACNW League Meet last week to seal his maiden Olympic berth. The Olympic qualification mark is 85m.

This result comes as a big boost for the 24-year-old Shivpal, who had failed to reach for the finals at the World Athletics Championships in Doha last year after managing a best throw of 78.97m from his three attempts to finish 10th in the Group A qualification round. He later bagged a gold at the World Military Games in Wuhan. His personal best throw stands at 86.23m.

Good news from track and field as #ShivpalSingh qualifies for #Tokyo2020 in men’s javelin throw after an effort of 85.47m at the ACNW League Meeting in South Africa. The qualification mark was 85m. Congratulations Shival! Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted congratulating Shivpal Singh.

But there was disappointment in story for Arshdeep Singh who failed to join his countrymen after managing a personal best of 75.02 m in the tournament. Annu Rani also couldn’t match the qualification mark of 64m after managing a best throw of 61.15m in the women’s competition.

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