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Live streaming, World Athletics Championships 2022: Neeraj Chopra in focus as India look to end 19-year medal drought

Tokyo champion Neeraj Chopra will spearhead India’s 23-member-strong contingent at Oregon22. Watch live!

4 min By Utathya Nag
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Tokyo Olympics javelin champion Neeraj Chopra will be among the Indian athletes competing at the World Athletics Championships 2022, which gets underway in Oregon, USA from July 15.

India’s first and only medal at the world athletics championships came way back in 2003, courtesy Anju Bobby George’s long jump bronze.

With an Olympic gold medallist in their ranks this year, the Oregon meet will be India’s best chance of finally ending the 19-year-long wait for a second medal at the world championships.

Needless to say, all eyes will be on Neeraj Chopra and the Indian javelin ace will be going into the meet full of confidence. He won silver at the Paavo Nurmi Games with a national record after returning from a long break post Tokyo 2020. Neeraj Chopra then won gold at the Kuortane Games in Finland. Later at the Stockholm Diamond League, he finished second, setting a new national record.

Neeraj Chopra will not lack any personal motivation to win at the world championships and clinch the only big-ticket medal missing from his cabinet. The Indian youngster failed to make the finals at the 2017 world athletics championships and then missed the 2019 edition in Doha due to injury.

Up-and-coming Indian javelin thrower Rohit Yadav will also compete alongside Neeraj Chopra in the men’s javelin throw event at Oregon22.

Neeraj Chopra will be in action in the men’s javelin throw qualification early morning on July 22 in India. The final is scheduled for July 24.

Indias’ squad for the World Athletics Championships 2022 comprises 18 men and five women.

Amongst India’s other medal hopefuls will be national record holder steeplechaser Avinash Sable, Olympian shot putter Tajinderpal Singh Toor and triple jumpers Abdulla Aboobacker and Praveen Chitravel, currently ranked 10th and 11th in the world, respectively.

Long jumpers Murali Sreeshankar and Jeswin Aldrin, a late entry to the Indian squad, will also back themselves to do well, having registered the third and fourth-best marks in the world this year, respectively.

The biggest track and field sporting event in the world, Oregon22 will see some of the biggest names in world athletics, including multiple Tokyo 2020 gold medallists compete.

University of Oregon's track and field stadium in Eugene will host the nine-day meet. Interestingly, Oregon22 will be the first World Athletics Championships held in the USA.

Where to watch World Athletics Championships 2022 in India?

The World Athletics Championships 2022 will be telecast live on the Sony TEN 2 and Sony TEN 2 HD TV channels in India. Broadcast on July 17 will be on Sony SIX and Sony SIX HD TV channels.

Live streaming of the World Athletics Championships 2022 will be available on the SonyLIV OTT platform in India. Only select events will be broadcast live.

World Athletics Championships 2022: Indian squad

Men: Avinash Sable (3000m steeplechase), MP Jabir (400m hurdles), Murali Sreeshankar, Jeswin Aldrin and Muhammed Anees Yahiya (long jump), Abdulla Aboobacker, Praveen Chithravel and Eldhose Paul (triple jump), Tajinderpal Singh Toor (shot put), Neeraj Chopra and Rohit Yadav (javelin throw), Sandeep Kumar (20km race walk), Arokia Rajiv, Noah Nirmal Tom, Muhammed Ajmal, Naganathan Pandi, Rajesh Ramesh and Muhammed Anas Yahiya (4x400m)

Women: Dhanalakhsmi Sekar (200m), Parul Chaudhary (3000m steeplechase, 5000m), Annu Rani (javelin throw), Priyanka Goswami (20km race walk)

World Athletics Championships 2022: Full schedule for Indian athletes and live start times

All times in Indian Standard Time (IST)

July 16, Saturday

Women’s 20km race walk final – 1:40 AM IST

Men’s 20km race walk final – 3:40 AM IST

Men’s 3000m steeplechase heats – 5:45 AM IST

Men’s long jump qualifiers – 6:30 AM IST

Men’s shot put qualifiers – 7:25 AM IST

Women’s 3000m steeplechase heats – 11:05 PM IST

July 17, Sunday

Men’s 400m hurdles heats – 1:50 AM IST

Men’s long jump final – 6:55 AM IST

July 18, Monday

Men’s shot put final – 6:57 AM IST

July 19, Tuesday

Women’s 200m heats – 6:30 AM IST

Men’s 3000m steeplechase final – 7:50 AM IST

July 20, Wednesday

Women’s 200m semi-finals – 6:35 AM IST

Men’s 400m hurdles final – 8:20 AM IST

July 21, Thursday

Women’s javelin throw qualification (Group A) – 3:50 AM IST

Women's 5000m heats - 4:55 AM IST

Women’s javelin throw qualification (Group B) – 5:20 AM IST

Women’s 3000m steeplechase final – 8:15 AM IST

July 22, Friday

Men’s javelin throw qualification (Group A) – 5:35 AM IST

Men’s triple jump Qualification – 6:50 AM IST

Men’s javelin throw qualification (Group B) – 7:05 AM IST

Women’s 200m final – 8:05 AM IST

July 23, Saturday

Women’s javelin throw final – 7:05 AM IST

July 24, Sunday

Men’s 4x400m relay heats – 6:15 AM IST

Men’s triple jump final – 6:30 AM IST

Women's 5000m final - 6:55 AM IST

Men’s javelin throw final – 7:05 AM IST

July 25, Monday

Men’s 4x400m relay final – 8:05 AM IST

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