National Open Javelin Throw Championships 2021: Kishore Kumar Jena, Uma Choudhary win titles

Both Kishore Kumar Jena and Uma Choudhary won their maiden titles at the national level. Neither, however, managed to match their respective personal best efforts.

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Kishore Kumar Jena of Odisha came up with the three best throws to dominate the men’s final at the National Open Javelin Throw Championships 2021 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.

The 26-year-old Kishore Kumar Jena won his maiden national title with a 74.26m effort.

Harish Kumar of Rajasthan and Delhi’s Vipin Kasana took silver and bronze, respectively.

The gold medal-winning effort, however, was short of Kishore Kumar Jena’s personal best of 76.41m, recorded at a state meet in Bhubaneswar last month.

The national record in men’s javelin throw is held by Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, who threw 88.07 metres at the third Indian Grand Prix in March this year. He is currently in Patiala in a training camp.

In the women’s category, Uma Choudhary of Rajasthan too claimed her maiden national-level title on a rain-swept afternoon with a best throw of 46.41m. Uma’s personal best is 46.93m, which she threw in a meet at Sri Ganganagar last month.

Manu Kumari of Uttar Pradesh, meanwhile, beat Haryana’s Priyanka by a centimetre to the silver medal.

Tokyo Olympian Annu Rani holds the national javelin record for women at 63.24m, which she achieved at the Federation Cup in March. She too skipped the event.

This was the third edition of the national javelin throw championships. It was first held in 2018. It was not held last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The two-day meet, which started on Saturday, also included age-group athletes competing.

National Open Javelin Throw Championships 2021 results (all finals)

Men: 1. Kishore Kumar Jena (Odisha) 74.26m; 2. Harish Kumar (Rajasthan) 72.61; 3. Vipin Kasana (Delhi) 71.89.

Women: 1. Uma Choudhary (Rajasthan) 46.41m; 2. Manu Kumari (Uttar Pradesh) 44.67; 3. Priyanka (Haryana) 44.66.

Boys U20: 1. Jay Kumar (Uttar Pradesh) 70.72m; 2. Vivek Kumar (Madhya Pradesh) 66.01; 3. Vinit (Haryana) 65.39.

Girls U20: 1. Shakshi Sharma (Uttar Pradesh) 46.29m; 2. Sheetal (Haryana) 44.30; 3. Jyoti (Haryana) 43.61.

Boys U18: 1. Narayan Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 68.89m; 2. Sujit (Haryana) 68.38; 3. Rahul Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 65.08.

Girls U18: 1. Komal (Uttar Pradesh) 44.70m; 2. Pratiksha Patel (Uttar Pradesh) 44.55; 3. Himanshi (Haryana) 41.09.

Boys U16: 1. Mangal Singh (Uttar Pradesh) 71.37m; 2. Rohan Yadav (Uttar Pradesh) 70.14; 3. Gaurav Patel (Uttar Pradesh) 66.68m.

Girls U16: 1. Deepika (Haryana) 49.31m (New National and Meet Record. Old National Record: 48.21m, Deepika, Guwahati, Feb 10, 2021; Old Meet Record: 34.79m, Dhruvi Parmar, Sonipat, April 16, 2019); 2. Manisha (Haryana) 42.26; 3. Sapna (Haryana) 41.29.

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