Indian Javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra will be action as he will be eager to put in a gold medal-winning performance when he takes the field on Day 9 of Asian Games 2018.
Commonwealth gold medalist, Neeraj improved his national mark with a throw of 87.43 metres to finish fourth in the season opening leg of the IAAF Diamond League.
His record-breaking mark reflex the kind of form he is in, but he will be facing a stiff competition from Chinese Taipei’s Cheng Chou Sun, who has the best throw of 91.36 meters the feat that he achieved last year.
However, the latter’s season-best throw has been 81.69, which makes Indian the favorite for winning his first Asian Games gold medal.
Shivpal Singh will also be representing India in men’s javelin throw event.
The last time, India won a medal in javelin throw in Asiad was in 1982, when the games were hosted in New Delhi. Gurtej Singh had won the bronze medal that year.
Women’s & Men’s 3000m Steeplechase
2010 Guangzhou Asian Games gold medalist, Sudha Singh will also take the field today in the women’s 3000m steeplechase event. She is also the 2017 Asian Championships gold medalist, so lots of hope is there from Sudha in this event. Chinta, will also participate in the same event.
In the men’s 3000m steeplechase, Shankar Lal Swami will carry the Indian hopes.
Women’s Long Jump
Neena Varakil & Nayana James will be the best Indian hopes in the women’s long jump event. However, they will get a tough competition from China’s Minjia Lu, who has the best season best from the field.
Women’s & Men’s 400m Hurdles
Another sprint events, where the Bahrain will be favorite but Indian runners will give them a tough competition to finish on the podium.
In women’s 400m hurdles, Anu Raghavan and Jauna Murmu will take part. Anu had the 3rd best timings of 56.77m in the qualifications and she can finish up on the podium.
In men’s 400m hurdles, Dharun Ayyasamy clocked the second best timing of 49.55s in the heats but is expected to get some really tough competition from Qatar’s Abderrahman Samba and Japan’s Abe Takatoshi for the gold medal.
20-year old Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan will also participate in the men’s 400m hurdles finals.
Men’s High Jump
26 year old, Chethan Balasubramanya, will be carrying the Indian hopes in men’s high jump event. he qualified for the finals after clearing the jump of 2.15m in his second attempt.
Athletics Finals’ Timings:
Women’s Long Jump (5:10 pm) – Neena Varakil & Nayana James
Men’s Javelin Throw (5:15 pm) – Neeraj Chopra & Shivpal Singh
Women’s 400m Hurdles (5:15 pm) – Anu Raghavan & Jauna Murmu
Men’s 400m Hurdles (5:30 pm) – Dharun Ayyasamy & Santhosh Kumar Tamilarasan
Men’s High Jump (5:30 pm) – Chethan Balasubramanya
Women’s 3000m Steeplechase (5:45 pm) – Sudha Singh & Chinta
Men’s 3000m Steeplechase (6:00 pm) – Shankar Lal Swami