DP Manu Secures Gold in Javelin Throw at Taiwan Open

DP Manu

India’s DP Manu has made the nation proud by securing a gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event at the Taiwan Open 2024. Manu’s winning throw was recorded at 81.58m. This impressive feat was achieved on his sixth and final attempt. Although this was short of his season-best mark of 82.06m, recorded at the Federation Cup in Bhubaneswar, it was enough to secure him the top spot on the podium.

The 24-year-old athlete started strong with a throw of 78.32m, which immediately propelled him to the top. He then gradually improved his efforts in his third, fifth, and sixth throws, ultimately clinching the title.

DP Manu gains crucial ranking points

This victory is particularly significant as the Taiwan Open is a Bronze level event on the World Athletics Continental Tour, and awards crucial ranking points. These points could prove vital for Manu’s qualification for the Paris Olympics, where the automatic qualification mark for the javelin throw is 85.50m.

Despite not reaching his personal best, Manu’s performance at the Taiwan Open has earned him crucial ranking points. He is yet to qualify for the Paris Olympics, but athletes can also make the cut by ranking among the top 32 in the world at the end of the qualification cycle on June 30.

This victory marks Manu’s third podium of the season, after winning the Indian Grand Prix-1 in April and finishing second behind reigning Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra at the Federation Cup last month.

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