Kishore Jena placed fifth in the men’s javelin throw final at the World Championships.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik offered a Rs 25 lakh incentive for javelin star Kishore Jena, who became the state’s first athlete to represent India in the World Athletics Championship finals in Budapest. Kishore finished fifth in Sunday’s final. With 84.77 metres, he also set a new personal best.
Kishore’s incredible trip and outstanding achievement at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, according to Patnaik, would not only bring glory to the state and nation, but will also inspire many athletes for years to come.
The 27-year-old, the son of a farmer and a resident of Kothasahi in Puri district, was uncertain about competing in the showcase event because his Visa was delayed.The procedure was accelerated after Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra, who also won gold at the World Athletics Championship, raised the matter.Jena, a product of the Government Sports Hostel in Bhubaneswar, began throwing the javelin in 2015 after switching from volleyball at the urging of his coach. He trained at the Reliance Foundation Athletics High Performance Centre in Bhubaneswar before competing in the World Athletics Championship.