PTI, New Delhi.
Published by: Yogesh Sahu
Updated Wed, Jun 15, 2022 9:43 AM IST
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Neeraj Chopra, who won gold for India in the javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics, has achieved yet another feat. Neeraj broke his own national record on Tuesday at the Pavo Nurmi Games in Finland. Chopra posted her best throw of 89.30m here during the game. With this he improved his own national record and won the silver medal. Earlier, Neeraj had set a national record with a throw of 87.58m during the Tokyo Olympics. It was thanks to this throw that he won the historic gold medal in Tokyo.
This is javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra’s first tournament after competing in the Tokyo Olympics and his first on the court. Meanwhile, Neeraj had to face the legendary javelin throwers. This includes former champion Johannes Vetter and world champion Anderson Peters. Peters had recently bettered his personal best and threw a 93.07m javelin in the Diamond League. The Nurmi Games have been one of Finland’s biggest athletics events since 1957. It is also part of the World Athletics Continental Tour Meet.
Neeraj got second place
It was Neeraj’s first tournament after 10 months and he threw 89.30 on the second attempt which has now become his personal best throw. He threw 86.92 meters on the first attempt. Neeraj’s third, fourth and fifth attempts were invalid. Neeraj finished with a throw of 85.85m on his final attempt. Neeraj may have broken his own national record but finished second to Finland’s Olivier Hellander, who had to settle for a silver medal. Helander took first place with 89.93m. Neeraj Chopra previously set a national record of 88.07m in Patiala in March last year. He won the Tokyo Olympic gold medal on August 7, 2021 with a throw of 87.58m.
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