Odisha’s Kishore Jena tops national open javelin qualifying

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Kishore Jena
Odisha’s javelin thrower Kishore Kumar Jena.

New Delhi: Odisha’s Kishore Kumar Jena topped the list of 12 men’s finalists with an easy effort of 70.96m in qualifying in the third National Open Javelin Throw Championships at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Saturday.

He recorded his career-best throw of 76.41m in Bhubaneswar last month and just missed a podium finish in the National Open in Warangal

Rishabh Nehra (Uttar Pradesh) qualified in second spot, with a throw of 68.86m. He was the Boys U20 winner in the last National Javelin Throw Championships in Sonipat.

Vijay Lakra (Jharkhand) who won the Boys U20 bronze medal back in 2019 also qualified for the final with a 63.42m throw. Delhi’s Nikunj Singh became the youngest of the 12 finalists, throwing the spear over 64.56m.

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