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'A star is born': Anand Mahindra on Neeraj Chopra's Tokyo Olympics performance

'A star is born': Anand Mahindra on Neeraj Chopra's Tokyo Olympics performance

The star javelin thrower sent the spear well past the qualifying mark of 83.5 m in the first attempt. Chopra made it to the finals after a jaw-dropping throw of 86.65 m

Anand Mahindra tweets on Neeraj Chopra's Tokyo Olympics performance Anand Mahindra tweets on Neeraj Chopra's Tokyo Olympics performance

Mahindra Group chairperson Anand Mahindra is enthralled by India's performance at the Tokyo Olympics. Mahindra shared a screenshot of the star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra during the semi-final. "A star is born…," the Mumbai-based tycoon tweeted.

The star javelin thrower sent the spear well past the qualifying mark of 83.5 m in the first attempt. Chopra made it to the finals, which will take place on Saturday, after a jaw-dropping throw of 86.65 m. He finished ahead of the 2017 world champion Johannes Vetter from Germany and the 2018 bronze medallist Arshad Naeem from Pakistan.

"It was a bit tough today for me. It is hot, takes some time to get the right timing, the right positions, and the right rhythm. It is what it is right now. I have to analyse it and try to give my best on Saturday (in the final)," Vetter told news agency PTI on his performance.

This was Chopra's seventh-best throw and third best of the season 2021. His earlier best throws included 88.07 m (Indian GP-3 in March 2021), 88.06 m (2018 Asian Games), 87.87 m (January 2020 ACNW meeting in South Africa), 87.80 m (Federation Cup in March 2021), 87.43 m (Doha Diamond League in May 2018) and 86.79 m (Kuortane Games in Finland in June 2021).

Edited by Mehak Agarwal; with agency inputs

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