To deliver better results for the second biggest multi-sport event of the year, the Asian Games in Jakarta, the Indian Javelin Throw team will train in Finland under coach Uwe Hohn.
Finland the Home of Javelin Throw
Europe is considered as the hub of athletics and especially Finland which is the home of the javelin throw. The High Performance Training Centre in Kuortane is where the top javelin throwers of the world hone their skills And to give a push for Indian Javelin Throwers, seven male athletes will now get to train there as foreign expert Uwe Hohn has planned an eight weeks stint from May 15.
The government will spend over Rs.30 lakh excluding travel expenses on the exposure trip. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) proposal is under process and is likely to be approved by the sports ministry.
After taking over the coaching reins in October, German athletics legend Hohn was supposed to transform javelin throwing in the country but, apart from Neeraj Chopra other throwers have struggled to cross the 80m mark. Neeraj Chopra has shown great improvement and won gold in the Commonwealth Games. He just fell short of medals bracket at the Doha Diamond League but broke his own national record with a throw of 87.43. His major goal this year is to break the 90m barrier.
Lack of quality in Indian Javelin Throw
The performance of top two Indian throwers during the CWG highlights the difference between Neeraj and the rest of the field. Neeraj claimed gold with a throw of 86.47m, while Vipin Kasna, who failed to repeat his season’s best of 80.04m, finished fifth with a throw of 77.87m.
In the two domestic competitions held from February 27 to March 8, Neeraj dominated the field with 80m plus marks. In the Indian Grand Prix the gap was huge. Neeraj threw 82.88m while Vipin came second at 80.04m. Amit Kumar took the third place (77.33m). Abhishek Drall’s best throw was 70.97m and fetched him fourth place. Teenage thrower Sahil Silwal was fifth at 70.23m.
The story was no different at the Federation Cup in March. Barring Neeraj (85.94m) none of the top throwers crossed 80m. Davinder Singh Kang had thrice crossed the 80m mark in 2017 and became the first Indian to reach the final of World championship with a throw of 84.22m. But the bronze medallist in the Asian championship is serving a suspension due to doping.