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Neeraj Chopra Returns to India for Highly Anticipated Federation Cup Appearance

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Olympic Golden Throw – Neeraj Chopra Returns to Indian Soil at Federation Cup

In a highly anticipated homecoming, star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will finally compete on home turf after over two years, as he headlines the men's event at the Federation Cup Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar. Since claiming historic Olympic gold for in Tokyo 2020, the 24-year-old has dominated the global scene but fans have been waiting with bated breath for a glimpse of his magic on home soil. That wait will end on Wednesday when he finally steps onto the track for the highly competitive final.

Chopra's previous appearance at the Federation Cup in March 2021 saw him launch an formidable throw of 87.80m. It was a clear sign of the brilliance to follow on the biggest stage later that year. While he has thrilled crowds around the on the Diamond League circuit since, garnering silver in Doha last week, nothing beats performing in front of passionate home support. All eyes will be on how far the champion can propel the spear in front of adoring local fans cheering him on.

Joining Chopra in the star-studded lineup is Asian Games silver medalist Javlin Jena, who will look to rebound from a lacklustre Diamond League debut. The local favorite from Odisha threw 76.31m in Rabat but will draw strength from competing in his backyard this time. Also in contention is DP Manu, making a comeback on the scene after finishing a commendable 6th at the Worlds. The Keralite needs to breach 85.50m to book his Paris 2024 ticket.

With qualifying standards waived for javelin throwers with marks over 75m, Wednesday's final promises a collision of giants. Chopra leads the pack that includes Jena, Manu and others as they vie for top honors at the Bhubaneswar showdown. Olympic champion Chopra will be eager to please his legions of supporters with another history-making hurl on home soil. One can only imagine the scenes of wild celebration if he succeeds in doing so.

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