Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra is determined to breach the 90-meter mark in 2022. With every new throw, the Indian is getting closer and closer to his goal. After creating a national record with a throw of 89.30m at the Paavo Nurmi Games, Chopra leaped a step forward towards the 90-meter mark at the Stockholm Diamond League.
The Indian Javelin thrower recorded a throw of a massive 89.94m at the Stockholm Diamond League in his first attempt. With this throw, Neeraj Chopra created a national record for himself. The video of Chopra creating the national record went viral in no time. “That’s a record-breaking start for Neeraj Chopra. New NR 89.94. 90m barrier!!! Let’s see,” wrote a user on Twitter.
Watch the video here:
That's a record breaking start for Neeraj Chopra. New NR 89.94.
90m barrier !!! Let's see pic.twitter.com/zvn2zZAUjq
— Amanpreet Singh (@amanthejourno) June 30, 2022
Chopra finishes second!
With his record throw of 89.94m in the first attempt itself, Neeraj Chopra finished second in the Stockholm Diamond League. The Indian star finished behind Grenadian Anderson Peters who recorded a throw of 90.31m. Chopra went into the league with a lot of hopes and he converted his enthusiasm into performance. The 24-year-old finished in the second position with throws of 89.94m, 84.37m, 87.46m, 84.77m, 86.67m, and 86.84m in his six attempts.
Earlier this year, the Indian had expressed his desire to breach the 90-m mark. “I will try to cross the 90-metre mark this year. I’m not thinking that I have to cross it in my first event but I will give my best in every event. We also have to take into account the weather and the conditions on the day – my performance will depend on those as well,” he had said.