New Delhi: India’s Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra set a new national record with a throw of 89.30m at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. However, despite throwing his best of 89.30m, Neeraj had to be content with the silver medal. He broke his previous national record of 88.07m, which he had set in March last year in Patiala.
This is Chopra’s first international tournament since the Olympic Games since his historic gold medal-winning throw of 87.58m at the Tokyo Olympics on 7 August 2021.
Despite breaking his national record at the Pavo Nurmi Games, he finished behind tournament favorite Oliver Helander. Neeraj got the second position. Oliver Helander achieved a personal best of 89.93m. Meanwhile, world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada finished third with a throw of 86.60m.
Chopra’s first competitive event after ten months turned out to be a historic moment as the athlete nearly touched the coveted 90m mark; Which is considered the gold standard in the world of javelin throw. Earlier, Neeraj Chopra said during his practice in Turkey, “I don’t take the pressure of distance. Peters and Jakub are working very hard due to which they have done well. I also have a dream to cross 90 meters and will try this year.