Neeraj Chopra sets a new national record and wins a silver medal at the Paavo Nurmi Games.

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Neeraj Chopra‘s first competition after a little over 10 months was completely miraculous and astonishing, as he practically reached the desired 90m mark, regarded as the gold standard in the world of javelin throw.

Neeraj Chopra set new record
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  • On Tuesday, June 14, Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra smashed his current national mark with an 89.30m throw at the Paavo Nurmi Games. 
  • It was his first competitive event after a break span of 10 months. 

Tokyo Olympics Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra :

India’s top javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, achieved a new national record with a throw of 89.30 meters at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. Neeraj  Chopra’s previous record holder was 88.07m, which he achieved in Patiala in March. On August 7, 2021, he won the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.58m.  Neeraj Chopra is India’s first Olympic gold medalist in athletics and the country’s second individual Olympic gold medalist.

Neeraj Chopra took silver in the competition with his toss. Neeraj competed for the first time after capturing the historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Oliver Helander of Finland won the gold medal with a throw of 89.83 meters. He started with an amazing 86.92m and then sent the spear to 89.30m. His following three throws were all fouls, but his sixth and last throw was 85.85m. Oliver Helander, 25, of Finland, who has the best score of 88.02m and a seasonal high of 80.36m, was indeed the unexpected gold winner with the best throw of 89.83m on his second try.

Chopra’s 89.30m performance moves him up to sixth place on the global season leaderboard. Anderson Peters of Grenada, the pre-event favorite after winning a gold medal in the Doha Diamond League the previous month with a world-leading massive throw of 93.07m, finished third with a best attempt of 86.60m. This was Peters’ first loss after seven straight victories this season.

Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago finished fourth with the greatest performance of 84.02m, followed by Germany’s Julian Weber (84.02m) and Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (83.91m), who won silver in Doha with a throw of 90.88m.

Neeraj Chopra’s opponent and buddy Johannes Vetter of Germany, who has the most 90m-plus throws among current javelin throwers, was scheduled to compete at the Paavo Nurmi Games but withdrew. 

Previously stated in media interviews Neeraj Chopra that he’d never put himself under stress to throw over 90m and would instead try to slowly increase up to maximum at the July 15-24 World Championships in Eugene, USA.

The events are dedicated to the great Finnish middle and long-distance runner Paavo Nurmi. It is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series tournament, and it is among the most renowned contests apart from the Diamond League Meetings.

The organizers and managers of the sport have put an additional reward for javelin throwers: anyone who throws further than the Finnish record of 93.09m will receive a Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV. Nobody won it on Tuesday, despite Peters saying in a lighter tone on Monday indicating he would want to do that.

Over 10,000 individuals gathered to see the proceedings. His Tuesday performance of 89.30m was greater than his gold-medal winning throw of 87.58m in the Tokyo Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra Relocated in Finland :

Neeraj Chopra will participate at the Kuortane Games in Finland prior to heading to the Diamond League Stockholm leg on June 30. He will therefore compete at the Athletics World Championships in Oregon from July 15 to 24, followed by the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, which begin on July 28.

Indian Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has relocated his training center to Finland, where he is participating in a 28-day training camp along with his trainer, Klaus Bartonietz.

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