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.
Chopra’s first throw of 86.69m proved to be the winning distance for the 24-year-old. Keshorn Walcott, the 2012 Olympic champion from Trinidad and Tobago, came in second with an 86.64m first-round throw. With a best throw of, Peters came in third. 84.75M, which was also achieved in the first round.
Chopra’s second and third shots were also fouls, and he only made three throws in total. Chopra had an one legal throw, and he used it to win the competition. His throw was not as far as the 89.30m he threw to place second in a star-studded field at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, but the victory will undoubtedly improve his confidence ahead of the Stockholm Diamond League on June 30.
Oliver Helander of Finland, who won the javelin throw competition in Turku with a throw of 89.83 Metres, did not show up despite his name being submitted.
Sandeep Chaudhary, the reigning Asian and world para javelin champion, who was also trained at the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre alongside Chopra, competed in the event and finished eighth with a best throw of 60.35m.
With a monstrous throw of 93.07m when earning gold in the Doha Diamond League last month, Peters is leading the charts this season. Chopra’s 89.30m effort in Turku is the season’s seventh best.
Chopra returned to competition with a magnificent throw of 89.30m, surpassing his own national record, and finishing second in a star-studded field at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, on Tuesday.
Chopra’s first competitive event after just over a year was nothing short of spectacular, as he came dangerously close to breaking the coveted 90m mark, which is regarded the gold standard in the world of javelin throw.
Chopra’s previous national record was 88.07 Metres, which he set in Patiala last March. On August 7, 2021, he won gold at the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.58 Metres.