Rohit Yadav is an Indian javelin thrower and employee in the Indian Railways. On 22 July 2022, he qualified for the final round of the World Athletics Championships 2022 with a throw of 80.42m.He got the inspiration to make his career in athletics from his father, who has won many medals in athletics. As the financial condition of his family was not good, his father was not able to buy expensive javelin sticks. His father then made javelin sticks out of bamboo and started training Rohit and his brother Rahul. In an interview, while talking about the same, Rohit said, My father had been a sportsperson. He was adamant that I should be a javelin thrower though. But there wasnt enough money to get a proper javelin. So what he did was go to a patch of bamboo that grows near our village and use that. Making a javelin from wild bamboo wasnt easy. You have to take only the top part of the bamboo. Otherwise it becomes too thick. Then you have to sharpen one end so it will fly well. It doesnt last very long. I could probably throw for maybe two or three days before its completely destroyed. Also you cant throw very far with it because the bamboo is never completely straight. I dont think Ive ever thrown more than 30 meters with a baans javelin. In an interview, when his father was asked about making javelin stick out of bamboo, he said, I made that javelin from bamboo. I had a photo of a javelin to guide me. I did not follow any established specifications about size, weight or anything like that. The crudely made javelin was not good for the hands. Rohit used it for two years. It helped him reach state level-events, where better javelins were available for athletes. We then bought a javelin for Rs 12,000 from Patiala..Rohit then participated in various regional javelin competitions. In 2014, he participated for the first time in a district-level javelin throw competition and won a gold medal with a throw of 49m. Later, his school principal gave him Rs 12000 to buy a javelin stick.
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