Neeraj Chopra Sets New National Record With 89.30 Meter Javelin Throw
India's ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra set a new national record as he threw 89.30 meters at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.
Chopra's earlier national record was 88.07m which he had set in Patiala in March last year.
He had won the Tokyo Olympics gold with a throw of 87.58m on August 7, 2021.
Neeraj Chopra is India's first-ever Olympic gold medalist in athletics and only the second individual gold medalist at Olympics. Neeraj Chopra won the silver medal with his throw at the event.
This was Neeraj's first competitive outing since winning the historic gold medal at the Tokyo Games. Finland's Oliver Helander won the gold medal at the event with a throw of 89.83 metres.
The 24-year-old Chopra's first competitive event after just over ten months was extraordinary as he nearly touched the 90m mark, considered the gold standard in the world of javelin throw.
Chopra's earlier national record was 88.07m which he had set in Patiala in March last year. He had won the Tokyo Olympics gold with a throw of 87.58m on August 7, 2021.
He opened with an impressive 86.92m before sending the spear to 89.30m. His next three attempts were fouls while he came up with 85.85m in his sixth and final throw.
Finland's 25-year-old Oliver Helander, who has a personal best of 88.02m and season's best of 80.36m, was the surprise gold winner with a best throw of 89.83m which he produced in his second attempt.