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The 24-year-old earns first trip to the mega quadrennial Games with a golden finish in the javelin on Tuesday at the in the ACNW Meeting at the McArthur Stadium, South Africa.
Shivpal crossed the qualifying standard of 85m by hurling the spear to a distance of 85.47m in his fifth attempt in the ACNW Meeting at the McArthur Stadium late on Tuesday.
By this feat, Shivpal became the second Indian javelin thrower after star athlete Neeraj Chopra to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics.
Another Indian Akshdeep Singh finished third with a best throw of 75m. Four athletes took part in the event.
Chopra had qualified for the Tokyo Games with a throw of 87.86m at another ACNW League meeting here in January. Both of them are currently here for a training stint.
Shivpal has a personal best of 86.23m while winning a silver medal in the Asia Championships in Doha last year. He also took part in the prestigious Diamond League meeting in the Oslo leg (Norway) last year, finishing eighth with a throw of 80.87m.
Besides Shivpal and Chopra, men’s national record holder 20km race walker KT Irfan, Avinash Sable (men’s 3000m steeplechase) and the country’s mixed 4x400m relay team have qualified for the Tokyo Games.
National record holder Annu Rani also won the gold with a best throw of 61.15m in women’s javelin throw in her first competition of the year. Her effort was, however, well below the Tokyo Olympics qualifying mark of 64m.