Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra broke his own national record to set a new one. Chopra threw 89.30m to shatter his national record at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland. This is Neeraj Chopra’s first competitive event since the postponed Tokyo Olympics, which took place 10 months ago.
Neeraj Chopra’s earlier national record was set at 88.07m which he had set in Patiala in March last year. However, he won a gold at the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.58m in August 2021.
Watch Neeraj Chopra’s throw here:
Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra settles for a Silver Medal with a New National Record Throw of 89.30m at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.@afi We can see several performance hikes in various events this season. Hope for more further. @Adille1 @Media_SAI @SPORTINGINDIAtw pic.twitter.com/cBLg4Ke8nh
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) June 14, 2022
In the ongoing tournament in Finland, 25-year-old Oliver Helander won the gold with his best throw of 89.83m, which he produced in his second attempt. Notably, reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada failed to make his mark as he registered his first defeat after seven wins on the trot in the season.
Neeraj Chopra‘s rival in the track and field event Johannes Vetter of Germany, who is known to have maximum 90m plus throws was earlier set to take part in the event but had later withdrawn from the event.