The Tokyo Olympics is all set to start and get underway from July 23 after months of uncertainty and postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A plethora of Indian athletes have been stepping up their preparation as they aim to bring laurels to the nation.
Now, Track and Field News have predicted the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Winners of various Athletics events on the basis of the athletes’ current performance. In the javelin event, they have named Neeraj Chopra as the leading contender for the silver medal.
The Gold Medal contender is predicted to be Johannes Vetter of Germany who also threw the second longest throw in World history of 97.76 earlier after the games started. He also won the Gold in World Championship in 2017 and Bronze in 2019 World Championship held at Doha .
Neeraj Chopra will be raring to go at the Olympics
Neeraj Chopra has been going from strength to strength in recent times after setbacks and injuries. Chopra suffered an injury to his right elbow and had to undergo surgery in May 2019, causing him to miss the entire 2019 season. He then returned to competitive action in January 2020 and achieved the qualifying mark for the 2020 Summer Olympics with a new national record of 88.07 m is now India’s best bet at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
In the prediction made by Track and Field News, Thomas Rohler who won gold at 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro,with a throw of 90.30 m, narrowly missing the Olympic record of 90.57 m set by Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway during the 2008 Beijing Olympics did not feature..
Only Eliud Kipchoge who won 2016 Olympic Gold has been named as a contender by the Track and Field News for repeating his heroics in Tokyo.