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Neeraj Chopra set a new national record with 89.30m javelin throw. athletics news

India’s ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created a new national record by throwing a distance of 89.30 meters at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. Chopra’s earlier national record was 88.07m which he had set in March last year in Patiala. He won the Tokyo Olympic gold medal on August 7, 2021 with a throw of 87.58m. Neeraj Chopra is India’s first Olympic gold medalist in athletics and only the second individual gold medalist at the Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra won the silver medal in the event with his throw. This was Neeraj’s first competitive outing after winning the historic gold medal at the Tokyo Games. Oliver Helander of Finland won the gold medal with a throw of 89.83m.

The 24-year-old Chopra’s first competitive event after more than 10 months was nothing short of extraordinary as she nearly touched the 90m mark, which is considered the gold standard in the world of javelin throw.

Chopra’s earlier national record was 88.07m which he had set in March last year in Patiala. He won the Tokyo Olympic gold medal on August 7, 2021 with a throw of 87.58m.

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He opened with 86.92m before sending Spear to 89.30m. His next three attempts failed, while he came up with 85.85m in his sixth and final throw.

Finland’s 25-year-old Oliver Hellender, who has a personal best of 88.02m and a season-best of 80.36m, was the surprise gold winner with a best throw of 89.83m, which he scored in his second attempt.

Chopra’s 89.30m effort will take her to fifth on the list of world season leaders.

Former-event favorite Grenada’s defending world champion Anderson Peters was third with a best effort of 86.60m while winning the gold medal at the Doha Diamond League last month with his world-leading monster throw of 93.07m. It was Peters’ first loss this season after seven consecutive wins.

2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago was fourth with a best throw of 84.02m, followed by Germany’s Julian Weber (84.02m) and Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Jakob Wadledge (83.91m) of the Czech Republic. Who won the silver medal in Doha. Throw of 90.88 meters.

Chopra’s rival and German friend Johannes Vetter, who has a maximum throw of more than 90 meters among active javelin throwers, was set to participate in the Pavo Nurmi Games, but withdrew.

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Chopra had recently told the media that he would not put himself under pressure with the idea of ​​throwing beyond 90 meters and would try to climb to the top slowly during the July 15-24 World Championships in Eugene, USA. .

The Pavo Nurmi Games are named after the famous Finnish middle and long distance runner. It is a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold Series event, one of the most prestigious competitions outside the Diamond League meetings.

The organizers of the competition have provided an additional incentive for javelin throwers: whoever throws ahead of the Finnish record of 93.09m will win a Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV. No one won it on Tuesday, although Peters on Monday lightly said he would go for it.

More than 10,000 people turned up to witness the events.

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Chopra will take part in next Saturday’s Korten Games in Finland, where he currently resides. He will take part in the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League on 30 June. He trained in the USA and Turkey before relocating to Finland last month.

(with PTI inputs)

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