After his historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, Indian superstar Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made a spectacular comeback, breaking his national record with a magnificent throw of 89.30 meters and beating the stars at the Pau Normi Games in Turku, Finland. It gave him second place in the crowded field. , on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Chopra’s first competitive event in just 10 months was nothing short of extraordinary as he touched the 90-meter mark, which is considered the gold standard in the world of Julian Throw.
See: Neeraj Chopra’s 89.30m throw at Pau Normi Games
Golden Great Neeraj_chopra1 It does again!
Neeraj Chopra sets new national record by throwing 89.30 meters in Pau Normi Games!
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Chopra’s previous national record was 88.07 meters which he set in Patiala in March last year. He won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on August 7, 2021 with a throw of 87.58 meters.
It got off to a great start with 86.92m before sending the spear at 89.30m. His next three attempts were fouls as he covered 85.85 meters in his sixth and final throw.
Oliver Hollander, 25, of Finland, who has a personal best of 88.02m and the best of the season at 80.36m, was the gold medalist with the best throw of 89.83m which he produced in his second attempt.
Chopra’s 89.30m effort will take him to the fifth position in the list of world season leaders.
Reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who won the gold medal in the Doha Diamond League last month and was the favorite before the event with the world-renowned monster throw of 93.07 meters, finished third with a best effort of 86.60 meters. It was Peters’ first defeat after seven wins this season.
2012 Olympic champion Trinidad and Tobago’s Kishorn Walcott finished fourth with a best throw of 84.02m, followed by Germany’s Julian Weber (84.02m) and Czech Republic’s Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Jacob Woodlijch (83.91m). The silver medalist finished fourth. Throw 90.88m.
Chopra’s rival and friend Johannes Waiter from Germany, who has a maximum of 90 meters plus throw, was ready to take part in the Pow Normi Games but withdrew.
Chopra had said in a recent media interview that he would not give in to the urge to throw more than 90 meters and would gradually reach his peak during the World Championships in Eugene, USA on July 15-24. ۔
The Pau Normi Games are named after the legendary long-distance runner between Finland. It is the event of the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Series, one of the most prestigious competitions outside the Diamond League meetings.
Competition organizers have provided an additional incentive for javelin throwers: whoever throws ahead of Finland’s 93.09m record will win a Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV. No one won it on Tuesday, although Peters said lightly on Monday that he was going for it.
More than 10,000 people came to watch the event.
Chopra will take part in the Cortana Games in Finland next week, where he is currently based. They will take part in the Diamond League’s Stockholm League on June 30. He trained in the United States and Turkey before moving to a base in Finland last month.
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