The teenager throws 86.48m at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz
Neeraj Chopra had gone into the IAAF World U20 Championships as the world leader but came out of the competition as the world record-holder as the 18-year-old launched the javelin to 86.48m in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Saturday (July 23).
India’s Chopra had thrown 82.23m in February but improved by more than four metres to break the five-year-old world under-20 record of 84.69m which had been set by Latvia’s Zigismunds Sirmais.
“I was hoping to throw far but I never expected to throw over 86 metres and break the world under-20 record,” he said.
South Africa’s Johan Grobler threw a 80.59m PB for silver, while Grenada’s Anderson Peters improved his national record to 79.65m.
Britain’s Harry Hughes was seventh with 72.22m and James Whiteaker 13th with 65.39m.
USA’s Deakin Volz won the pole vault title after clearing a PB of 5.65m on his first attempt to beat Australia’s Kurtis Marschall with 5.55m and Sweden’s world under-18 champion Armand Duplantis with 5.45m.
Volz, who is the son of Dave, the Olympic fifth-placer who popularised Volzing – the now illegal technique of steadying the bar with your hand mid-air, had cleared 5.50m on his second attempt but after one failure at 5.55m he moved straight to 5.60m which he cleared on his second attempt before a first-time clearance at the winning height.
Britain’s European junior champion Adam Hague finished fifth, clearing 5.40m on his second attempt.
USA teams won both the men’s and women’s relay titles, the men’s team clocking 38.93 ahead of Japan with 39.01 and Germany with 39.13, while the winning women’s quartet clocked 43.69 ahead of France 44.05 and Germany 44.18.
The GB men’s quartet of Zanson Plummer, Oliver Bromby, Ryan Gorman and Gerald Matthew finished sixth in 39.57.
Jamaica’s Jaheel Hyde retained the 400m hurdles title in a time of 49.03 ahead of USA’s Taylor McLaughlin with 49.45 and Kyron McMaster with 49.56.
Edidiong Odiong set a Bahraini under-20 record of 22.88 in winning the 200m. GB’s Finette Agyapong was seventh with 23.74.
An African top-seven in the 5000m was led by Selemon Barega of Ethiopia, who stopped the clock on 13:21.21. Djibouti’s Djamal Direh was second in 13:21.50 and Kenya’s Wesley Ledama was third with 13:23.34.
Alex Yee was ninth and second non-African in 13:52.01, the triathlete running the quickest time by a GB junior since 1987. The 18-year-old is young enough to be a junior in 2017 season too.
Beatrice Llano took the women’s hammer title with 64.33m. Her final-round throw stretched her lead over silver medallist Alexandra Lulley of Australia (63.47m) and Finnish bronze medallist Suvi Koskinen (62.49m).
With a PB of 13.34, GB’s Alicia Barrett reached the final of 100m hurdles as a fastest loser. Mollie Courtney (13.42) narrowly missed out. Courtney had set PB of 13.28 in the heats yesterday.
In the 800m semi-finals, Morocco’s Mostafa Smaili headed the qualifiers for the final with 1:46.51. Britain’s Daniel Rowden went no further as he clocked 1:49.58 in seventh in his heat.
Morning session action had seen Callum Wilkinson win the 10,000m race walk title for GB. You can read about that here.
Results can be found here.