Neeraj Chopra misses 90m mark, but gets gold

June 19, 2022

AthleticsPaavo Nurmi Games


Days after winning a silver medal and setting a new national record at the Paavo Nurmi Games, Tokyo Olympics champion Neeraj Chopra today clinched the men’s javelin throw gold at the Kuortane Games in Finland.

In the process, he beat the reigning world champion, Anderson Peters of Grenada, for the second time in four days. The 24-year-old threw the javelin to 86.69 metres in his first attempt, which turned out to be the winning distance. Trinidad and Tobago’s 2012 Olympics champion Keshorn Walcott was second with a first-round throw of 86.64m. Peters was third with a best throw of 84.75m, which also came in the opening round.

Chopra’s second and third attempts were ruled as fouls and he did only three throws. That meant he had a single legal throw and won the competition with it.

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