In the javelin final, Neeraj Chopra won the gold with a distance of 87.58 meters.
Javelin throw is just like any other game in the past. It was part of the pentathlon at the ancient Greek Olympics. According to World Athletics, the international governing body for athletics, javelin throw is a sport in which athletes throw metal-tipped javelins as long as possible. It requires a combination of power, time, coordination and accuracy.
The athlete must hold the javelin close to the tip of its grip so that the little finger comes out. The male javelin weighs at least 800 grams and is 2.6 m -2.7 m long, while the female javelin weighs 600 g and is 2.2 m 2.3 m long.
Javelin throw was included in the 1908 Olympics. Traditionally, Scandinavian athletes have been the most successful in this competition. The first national championship of the Javelin Throw was held in Sweden. Czech athlete Jan Selesny is considered the best javelin thrower in history. He won a hat-trick of Olympic titles from 1992-2000 and set a world record of 98.48 meters in 1996.
The paper “Biomechanical factors critical to the performance of men’s javelin throw” published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information sheds light on the critical factors for the best performance of this sport: “The javelin is relatively aerodynamic but relatively fast, compared to other throwing equipment.” Up to 70% of cases occur within the last 0.1 seconds, “says research.
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Neeraj ended India’s 100-year wait with his gold medal. In the final, Neeraj shot a javelin throw of 87.58 meters to shine the dream of 130 crore people. This is the first gold for India in an athletics event at the Olympics. Neeraj Chopra, 23, is the son of a farmer from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana. Neeraj Chopra is currently a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Army.