Why India Can Win More Than 1 Medal In Javelin At Paris 2024 Olympics? Kishore Kumar Jena Explains

Kishore Kumar Jena has been making headlines ever since he went toe-to-toe with Neeraj Chopra at the world athletics meet in Budapest last year. For the first time in the history of the Asian Games, Chopra and Kishore Kumar Jena made it a javelin one-two in Hangzhou 2023. Having qualified for Paris, Jena feels medal prospects in javelin are not only limited to Chopra
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Kishore Kumar Jena.

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The javelin throw at the LA 2024 Olympics promises to be a thrilling battleground for India, with a strong possibility of the country bagging more than one medal. Leading this charge is not just the reigning Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, but also the other rising star Kishore Kumar Jena
Jena himself believes India has a strong chance of a javelin double at the Games. In a recent interview, he highlighted the key factors that contribute to this optimism
Unlike some sports with limited entries per country, javelin allows three athletes from a single nation. This increases the overall probability of India securing multiple podium finishes
"As per rule, three players can compete from one country in javelin throw. That increases the probability of winning more medals in Paris. We are all training hard for the Summer Games and if we can stay consistent and injury-free, India can do better than Tokyo," Jena told SAI Media on the sidelines of the KIRTI launch.
Jena isn't just a hopeful; he's a proven contender. At the 2023 Asian Games, he pushed Chopra to a new personal best with a throw of 87.54m. But he does not see Chopra as a competitor
"My aim is to keep improving my results and overcome my weaknesses. I keep taking suggestions from Neeraj bhai. I don't see him as my competitor. Whenever I encounter some problem I take his advice as he is one of the nicest human beings I have ever come across. He doesn't hold back when it comes to offering the right tips," said Jena
The presence of two strong javelin throwers within the Indian team fosters a healthy competitive environment. Chopra and Jena can push each other to improve, constantly raising the bar and refining their technique
During the Hangzhou Asian Games there was a minor scare for Chopra as his first 'good' throw was not considered by officials. Later, Jena posted his personal best of 87.54m to push Chopra to give his all. The Olympic champion finally came up with a monster throw of 88.88m to defend his gold medal. Jena settled for silver and more importantly, met the qualifying mark for Paris 2024.
"At that time I was happy that I had qualified for Paris 2024. I went up to him (Chopra) and even told him that I have qualified. He boosted my confidence saying I can post a bigger throw. Like everyone my aim is to win a medal but that is not entirely under my control and I will go for my personal best at my maiden Olympics," Jena signed off.
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