At the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland, India’s top javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra hurled 89.30 meters, breaking the previous record. In March last year, Chopra broke the previous national mark, which stood at 88.07 meters, in Patiala. On August 7, 2021, he threw 87.58 meters to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj Chopra is only the second individual to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics and the first ever from India.
Neeraj Chopra took home the silver medal with his great throw at the competition. Since winning the illustrious gold medal at the Tokyo Games, Neeraj had not participated in a competitive event. Oliver Helander of Finland won the gold medal in the competition with a throw of 89.83 meters.
The first competitive event for the 24-year-old Chopra in just over 10 months was miraculous as he came dangerously close to reaching the coveted 90-meter mark, which is regarded as the industry standard in javelin throwing.
Before shooting the spear to 89.30m, he opened with an impressive 86.92m. His subsequent three throws all resulted in fouls, but his sixth and final try netted 85.85 meters
Anderson Peters of Grenada, the current world champion, finished third with a best throw of 86.60 meters. He was the pre-event favorite thanks to his record-breaking monster throw of 93.07 meters while winning gold in the Doha Diamond League last month. However, after seven straight victories this season, Peters suffered his first loss in this game.
Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, the 2012 Olympic champion, came in fourth with a best throw of 84.02 meters, followed by Julian Weber of Germany (84.02 meters) and Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic (83.91 meters), who had won silver in Doha with a throw of 90.88 meters.
Johannes Vetter of Germany, Chopra’s adversary and buddy with the most throws of 90 meters or more among the active javelin throwers, was scheduled to compete in the Paavo Nurmi Games but withdrew.
In recent media interviews, Chopra had stated that he would not put himself under pressure to throw farther than 90 meters and would instead work to progressively improve so that he could peak during the World Championships in Eugene, USA, from July 15 to 24.
The renowned middle and long-distance runner from Finland who inspired the Paavo Nurmi Games. A World Athletics Continental Tour Gold series event is one of the most prominent contests outside of the Diamond League Meetings.
The sports organizers have added an extra incentive for the javelin throwers: whoever throws farther than the 93.09-meter Finnish record will win a Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV. Although Peters joked on Monday that he would be going for it, nobody did on Tuesday.
More than 10,000 spectators showed up there to see the action. On Saturday, Chopra will compete in the Kuortane Games in Finland, where he is now living. Then, on June 30, he will participate in the Diamond League match in Stockholm. Before relocating to Finland last month, he had previously trained in the USA and Turkey.