Neeraj Chopra wins gold medal at Kuortane Games with 86.69m throw

Jun 18, 2022 11:30 pm

The 24 years Olympics Gold medalist in Javelin today won gold medal at the Kuortane Games in Finland after registering a throw of 86.69m on his first attempt. He finished ahead of Trinidad and Tobago's Keshorn Walcott and world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada.

This was just his second competition since the Tokyo Olympics, where he became the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics. Walcott finished a close second with a throw of 86.64m, while Peters was third with a best attempt of 84.75.

In wet conditions at Kuortane, Chopra endured a nasty slip in his third attempt. While he was able to throw the javelin successfully, he couldn't complete his run-up after slipping on the wet platform, resulting in a foul. Chopra's head hit the platform as he slipped, and while there were immediate concerns over his well-being, the Olympic champion recomposed himself and assured he was fine.

Earlier in the week, Chopra won the silver medal at the Paavo Nurmi Games, when he also broke his own national record with a throw of 89.30m.

Chopra will next take part in the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League on June 30.