With an 86.69m throw, Neeraj Chopra wins gold in the Kuortane Games.
With a best throw of 86.69 metres, Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the Kuortane Games in Finland on Saturday.
ace in the javelin On Saturday, Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal in the Kuortane Games in Finland, throwing 86.69 metres on his first attempt. He finished ahead of Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada’s Anderson Peters, the global champion. Chopra, who just set a new national record, got off to a fast start with an 86.69m throw, which was enough to beat out his opponents. He made two foul shots before opting out of the final three.
With a throw of 86.64 metres, Walcott came in second, while Peters came in third.
Sandeep Chaudhary, the reigning Asian and world para javelin champion who was also training at the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre with Chopra, competed in the competition and finished eighth with a best throw of 60.35m.
Chopra started well in rainy conditions, but made an intentional foul with his second throw. He then had a nasty slip while attempting his third throw, after which he did not throw again.
Chopra won silver at the Paavo Nurmi Games earlier this week, breaking his own national record with a throw of 89.30m.
His previous national record was 88.07m, which he set in Patiala last March.