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Javelin ace Neeraj Chopra on Saturday won the gold medal at the Quortane Games in Finland after registering a throw of 86.69m on his first attempt. It finished before Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott and world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada. Chopra, who recently set a new national record, started strong with his 86.69m throw, which is good enough to beat his competitors. He made two offensive shots and escaped the last three shots. This is his second competition from the Tokyo Olympics, where he became the first Indian to win a gold medal in sports.
Walcott finished the second minute close with a throw of 86.64m, while Peters was third with an excellent effort of 84.75.
Asian and world champion para javelin Sandeep Chaudhary, who is also training at the Kuortane Olympic Training Center with Chopra, also took part in the competition and finished eighth with an impressive throw of 60.35m.
In rainy conditions, Chopra starts well, but is obsessed with throwing his second. Then he got a nasty slip as he went for his third throw, the next of which he never threw again.
Earlier this week, Chopra won a silver medal at the Paavo Nurmi Games, when he also broke his national record with a throw of 89.30m.
Its previous national record was 88.07m which was set in Patiala in March last year.
Finland’s Oliver Helander, who won gold at the Paavo Nurmi Games with an 89.83m run, did not change on Saturday despite his name being entered.
Chopra will later take part in the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League on May 30.
With PTI inputs
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