File photo of Neeraj Copra.AFP
Julian player Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal after registering a throw of 86.69 meters in his first attempt at the Covertane Games in Finland on Saturday. He overtook Trinidad and Tobago’s Kishore Walcott and Grenada’s world champion Anderson Peters. Chopra, who recently set a new national record, got off to a strong start with his 86.69m throw, which was enough to overtake his rivals. He made two foul throws and opted out of the last three throws. This was his second event after the Tokyo Olympics, where he became the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics.
Walcott finished second with a throw of 86.64 meters, while Peters finished third with a best effort of 84.75.
Reigning Asian and world para-javelin champion Sandeep Chaudhary, who was training with Chopra at the Kovartane Olympic Training Center, also competed and finished eighth with a best throw of 60.35 meters.
In rainy conditions, Chopra made a good start, but deliberately fouled his second throw. After that, when he went to throw his third, he got a dirty slip, after which he did not throw any more.
Earlier this week, Chopra won a silver medal at the Pau Normi Games, when he broke his own national record with a throw of 89.30 meters.
His previous national record was 88.07m which he set in Patiala in March last year.
Oliver Hollander of Finland, who won the gold medal at the Pavo Normi Games with an effort of 89.83m, did not come on Saturday, although his name was listed.
Chopra will next take part in the Diamond League’s Stockholm League on June 30.
With PTI input
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