Indian Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra set a new national record and finished with a silver medal with a throw of 89.30 meters at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland, bettering his previous national record of 88.07 meters which he had established in Patiala in March. Last year. It was Chopra’s first outing in international competition since his historic throw of 87.58 meters which won gold at the Tokyo Olympics on August 7, 2021. The throw of 89.30 meters the saw him finish second on the podium at the Paavo Nurmi Games behind Finnish favorite Oliver Helander, who clocked a personal best 89.93 metres. Meanwhile, Grenada world champion Anderson Peters finished third with a throw of 86.60 metres.
Chopra’s first competitive event after ten months proved to be a historic moment as the athlete nearly touched the coveted 90 meter mark; which is considered the gold standard in the world of javelin throwing.
With a first throw of 86.92 yards, Chopra’s next throw was a massive 89.30 yards. Although his next three attempts were fouls, he hit two throws for 85.85 yards on his sixth and final attempt. Meanwhile, Chopra’s 89.30-meter javelin throw lifted him to fifth place on the season’s world leader list. competitions outside of the Diamond League. After making history at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland, Neeraj Chopra will next compete at the Kuortane Games in Finland before heading to Sweden for the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League.
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