Indian athletics’ poster boy had won a gold medal at Tokyo Olympics 312 days back.
New Delhi: Neeraj Chopra, India’s ace javelin thrower and Olympic gold medallist, on Tuesday set a new record as he threw 89.30 metres at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. With this, Copra improved his earlier record of 87.5 metres which he had created during Tokyo Olympic in 2021 and became first India who won gold medal in javelin throw and only the second individual gold medallist at Olympics. Meanwhile, Oliver Helander from Finland secured first position at the event with a throw of 89.83 metres.
Athletics Federation of India, in a tweet, said, “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.”
Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports also congratulated Chopra for creating a new national record. Thakur tweeted, “Golden Great @Neeraj_chopra1 does it again ! Neeraj Chopra threw 89.30 metres at Paavo Nurmi Games to create a new National Record ! Absolutely THRILLED 😎 You’ve got to see his throw !”
Indian athletics’ poster boy had won a gold medal at Tokyo games 312 days back. The milestone achieved by Chopra at Paavo Nurmi Games reflected his preprations ahead of busy season that will see him compete in two more events this month, followed by the world championships and Commonwealth Games, both next month. He will also participate in the Kuortane Games in Finland on June 18.