International javelin thrower Rohit Yadav was steady in his performance and clocked a personal best of 83.40m to win the gold with as many as eight 80m-plus throws on the final day of the Federation Cup 2023 athletics meet on Thursday.
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Meanwhile, Manu DP won the silver medal with a throw of 82.95m. Earlier, in the morning session, distance runner Gulveer Singh of Uttar Pradesh added the men’s 5,000m gold to his tally of 10,000m. Gulveer Singh clocked 13:54.41s, bettering the Asian qualifying time by 14 minutes. His state’s Abhishek Pal won the silver medal in 13:56.32 while Harman Jot Singh of Madhya Pradesh came third in 13:57.02.
Rohit Yadav crossed the 80m mark five times in six attempts. He started with 83.10m and bettered it to the gold medal-winning throw of 83.40m on his second attempt. His subsequent attempts were 83.01m, 79.19m, 80.00m, and 81.46m.
Moreover, Sachin Yadav, also 23, crossed the 80m for the first time in his career. He launched the javelin for a distance of 80.27m on his sixth and final attempt. The javelin throw results on Thursday were huge for Indian athletics. Anil Kumar Singh’s national record in javelin throw of 80.72m created in 2008 stood for seven years before it was broken by Rajinder Singh’s 82.23m effort in 2015.
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All three javelin throwers on Thursday, Rohit Yadav, Manu DP, and Sachin Yadav breached the Athletics Federation of India’s entry standard of 78.23m for the Asian Athletics Championships which will start from later this year.
Meanwhile, Jyothi Yarraji won her second gold medal at the Federation Cup 2023. She claimed the top podium in the women’s 200m race by clocking 23.42s. In the process, she also beat AFI’s qualifying standard of 23.50s for the Asian championships. Jyothi Yarraji won the gold medal in the women’s 100m hurdles on Wednesday.