Neeraj Chopra: Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra won the javelin throw event at the Kuortane Games in Finland, defeating incumbent world champion Anderson Peters for his first top podium result of the season.
Neeraj Chopra is 24 years old, won the event with his first throw of 86.69m
Neeraj Chopra won the javelin throw event at the Kuortane Games in Finland on Saturday, beating reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada for the second time in four days. This was Chopra’s first top-three finish of the season.
Chopra, who is 24 years old, won the event with his first throw of 86.69m. Keshorn Walcott, who won the Olympics in 2012 for Trinidad and Tobago, came in second with a throw of 86.64m in the first round. Peters came in third with a best throw of 84.75m, which also came in the first round.
Oliver Helander won the javelin throw competition in Turku by throwing it 89.83 meters
Chopra’s second and third attempts were both fouls, so he only got to throw three times. That meant Chopra only had one legal throw, which was enough to win the competition. When he came in second at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, he didn’t throw as far as the winner, who threw 89.30m, but the win will give him more confidence before the Stockholm Diamond League on June 30.
Oliver Helander, who won the javelin throw competition in Turku by throwing it 89.83 meters, did not show up, even though his name was on the list.
Peters is at the top of the list this season
Sandeep Chaudhary, who was the reigning Asian and world para javelin champion and also trained at the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre with Chopra, also took part in the competition. His best throw was 60.35m, which put him in eighth place.
Peters is at the top of the list this season because he won gold with a huge throw of 93.07m at the Doha Diamond League last month. Chopra’s throw of 89.30 meters in Turku is the fifth best of the season so far.
Niraj Chopra had set the previous national record of 88.07m in Patiala
Chopra’s throw of 89.30m broke his own national record and put him in second place in a field full of stars at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, on Tuesday. This was his first competition since winning the historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
Chopra’s first competition in just over 10 months was nothing short of amazing. He came close to hitting the 90-meter mark, which is considered the gold standard in javelin throw. Chopra had set the previous national record of 88.07m in Patiala in March of last year. On August 7, 2021, he won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics by throwing 87.58m.