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Johannes Vetter, Neeraj Chopra’s top rival, withdraws from World Championships

The much-anticipated clash between Tokyo Olympics champion Neeraj Chopra and his arch-rival Johannes Vetter at the World Athletics Championships 2022 will be a non-starter after the German javelin throw ace pulled out of the Oregon meet due to a shoulder injury.

Johannes Vetter, a 2017 world champion, went into last year’s Tokyo 2020 as the overwhelming favourite to win gold but was emphatically beaten by Neeraj Chopra. Since then fans have been eagerly waiting for a rematch between the two.

Both were expected to compete at the World Athletics Championships 2022, which will be held at Oregon, the USA, from July 15 to 24.

However, Johannes Vetter, who won bronze at the last world championships held in Doha in 2019, has withdrawn from the Oregon meet.

“As you probably have noticed, I haven’t shared much content over the past months. I have been fighting with shoulder problems since the beginning of the season. Therefore, we decided to not compete at the World Championship in Oregon,” Johannes Vetter wrote in an Instagram post on Thursday.

“It’s tough to say when I will be able to compete again and I will need the following weeks to digest this decision. Nevertheless, I will try to keep you posted and share a few more updates,” Vetter added.

Johannes Vetter has competed in only one event in 2022 – the Ursapharm Speerwurfmeeting in Offenburg, Germany in May.

He finished with a silver medal with 85.64m, a far cry from his personal best of 97.76m, which is the second-best throw in men’s javelin after Jan Zelezny’s world record.

Vetter’s withdrawal from the Oregon meet will give Neeraj Chopra’s medal chances a big boost. The Indian has never won a world championship medal.

Neeraj Chopra, who took a long break after the Tokyo Olympics, has been in great form since his return to competitive action.

Chopra marked a fine return at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland in early June, winning the silver medal with a new personal best throw of 89.30m. Oliver Helander of Finland, with a personal best of 89.93, won the gold medal.

Neeraj Chopra improved the national record to 89.94m at the Diamond League in Stockholm on June 30 but finished with silver.

With Vetter’s withdrawal, reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who also denied Neeraj Chopra the gold at the Stockholm Diamond League, will be the Indian javelin ace’s biggest challenge at the world championships. Peters has already breached the 90m mark thrice this season.

Source: olympics.com

20 Year-Old Runs 800m World Lead in Turku

European U20 record holder Max Burgin ran the World leading time in the men’s 800m race at the Paavo Nurmi Games which is a World Athletics Continental tour gold level series held on Tuesday (14) in Turku, Finland.

The 20 year-old beat strong field that included Olympic 4×400 silver medallist Tony Van Diepen from the Netherlands, European silver medallist, Andreas Kramer from Sweden and Collins Kipruto from Kenya, who came with the second fastest time on paper.

Burgin pulled away in the second lap and held on to cross the finish-line in a world leading and personal best time of 1:43.52 which took him to be the fourth fastest British 800m runner in history behind legends Sebastian Coe, Steve Cram and Peter Elliott.

“I suffered today, but I am happy to set a personal best. This was just my second race of the season, but I am now feeling very confident for the British Championships and the World Championships after that,” said Burgin.

Burgin who took bronze in Ostrava was followed by Diepen with a new personal best of 1:44.24 with Olympic finalist Gabriel Tual from France closing the podium three finishes in a season best of 1:44.68.

Kipruto who broke the meeting record at Eure Athletics Meeting in February, failed to live up to his expectations as he finished a distant fourth in 1:44.69 with Kramer finishing in fifth in 1:44.75.


800M MEN

  1. Max Burgin            (GBR) 1:43.53
  2. Tony van Diepen  (NED) 1:44.24
  3. Gabriel Tual           (FRA) 1:44.30
  4. Collins Kipruto     (KEN) 1:44.69
  5. Andreas Kramer   (SWE) 1:44.75

Collins Kipruto to battle Cornelius Tuwei at Paavo Nurmi Games

Kenya’s Collins Kipruto will be the star to watch in the men’s 800m race at the Paavo Nurmi Games which is a World Athletics continental tour gold level series that will be held on Tuesday (14) in Turku, Finland.

The 27 year-old who broke the meeting record at Eure Athletics Meeting in February  will battle his compatriot Cornelius Tuwei who comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 1:43.76 that at the KBC Nacht van de Atletiek, where he took the honor.

Olympic 4×400 silver medallist Tony Van Diepen has also been lined up to fight for the title as he also holds a life time best of 1:44.31 that he got at the Continental Tour Gold meeting in Bydgoszcz.

Kipruto who holds the second fastest time here of 1:43.95, will also battle with the European silver medallist, Andreas Kramer from Sweden who comes with a personal best of 1:44.58 and the 20-year-old Max Burgin from Great Britain, who finished third in his seasonal best of 1:44.54 in Ostrava.

Other title contender includes Gabriel Tual from France, who finished seventh in the Olympic final in Tokyo.

New York and Bermuda added to 2022 Continental Tour Gold

World Athletics has added to more locations to this year’s Continental Tour calendar alongside more traditional events in Hengelo, Székesfehérvár and Ostrava.

The WA has moved out of the established European meets to New York and Bermuda which been added to the Continental Tour Gold for 2022.

This year’s calendar will see 12 different Gold events  that will start in Bermuda on May 9 and end in Zagreb on September 11.

Seven of the Gold events will take place in Europe, three will be in North America and the Caribbean and one each in Africa (Kenya) and Asia.

The two world records were set last year one by Sifan Hassan in the 10,000m at FBK Games in Hengelo on June 6 and the other one by Francine Niyonsaba in September 14 in 2000m in Zagreb.

Double Olympic and world champion Hassan erased the Olympic and double world champion Almaz Ayana’s time of 29:17.45 that the Ethiopian had set in 2016 at the Rio games.

Ethiopia’s Letesenbet Gidey bettered Hassan’s mark two days later with a world record time of 29:01.03 on the same track

Full Continental Tour Gold Tour 2022

April 9 USATF Bermuda Games Devonshire, Bermuda
April 16 Golden Games Mt SAC, USA
May 7 Kip Keino Classic Nairobi, Kenya
May 8 Seiko Golden Grand Prix Tokyo, Japan
May 31 Ostrava Golden Spike Ostrava, Czech Republic
June 3 Irena Szewinska Memorial Bydgoszcz, Poland
June 6 FBK Games Hengelo, Netherlands
June 12 New York Grand Prix New York, USA
June 14 Paavo Nurmi Games Turku, Finland
August 8 Gyulai Istvan Memorial Szekesfehervar, Hungary
September 4 Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Silesia, poland
September 11 Memorial Borisa Hanzekovica Zagreb, Croasia