Who is DP Manu? The Man who gave a tough fight for the Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra at Federation Cup

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DP Manu

On the night when all of India rooting for its Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra after a 3-year long homecoming at the 27th National Federation Senior Athletics Competition, the young prodigy from Karnataka DP Manu, took the limelight in the first three attempts, overshadowing his senior counterpart with impressive agility and skill.

The young sensation has come close to defeating the ‘Poster Boy of Indian Athletics’ but falls short by a few centimetres. Manu also failed to qualify for the Olympics as he couldn’t breach the qualification mark of 85.5m.

All you need to know about DP Manu

Born on January 24, 2000, in Hassan, Karnataka, Manu has been training under Kashinath Naik in Pune since 2020. His journey in athletics has been nothing short of remarkable. He made a name for himself in June 2022 when he threw a personal best of 84.35m to win the Inter-State Championships in Chennai. This impressive feat made him the fourth-best Indian javelin thrower of all time.

In the same month, Manu won the Indian National Championships in Bengaluru with an impressive throw of 81.23m. In fact, in 2022, he recorded five throws over the 80m mark out of nine competitions. His consistent performances earned him a spot in the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, where he finished fifth.

Manu’s success continued into 2023. In July, he won a silver medal at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok with a throw of 81.01m. His performance at the Championships secured him a ticket to the World Athletic Championship 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.

At the World Championships, Manu made his mark by qualifying for the final with a throw of 81.31m. In the final round, he threw 84.14m, finishing in sixth place. This achievement was historic as it was the first time three Indians had qualified for the final round of an event in the World Championships.

Manu’s achievements have not only brought him recognition but have also raised the benchmark for India’s next generation of javelin stars. His journey is a testament to his dedication, hard work, and passion for the sport. As he continues to compete and improve, he is expected to emerge from the shadow of Neeraj Chopra, another Indian javelin champion, and carve his own path in the world of athletics.

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