Mangaluru: Neeraj Chopra, India’s iconic Javelin Thrower and Olympic Gold Medalist, made a spectacular return to competition on Tuesday June 14 at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, with a magnificent throw of 89.30 m, breaking his national record. He won Silver Medal in the competition breaking his proviso record of 88.07 m.
It was Chopra’s first competitive event after ten months and historic, as the athlete came close to breaking the 90-meter barrier, which is regarded the gold standard in the world of Javelin Thrower.
Oliver Helander, a Finnish Javelin Thrower, came first with 89.93 m. Anderson Peters, the World Champion from Grenada, came in third with a throw of 86.60 m.
Taking to Twitter Sports Minister Anurag Thakur praised Chopra as ‘Golden boy.’
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 ! pic.twitter.com/wwKYLj9KU3
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 14, 2022
“The Golden boy has done it again! New national record. Great going #NeerajChopra,” tweeted Gautham Gambhir.
Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wrote, “Our decorated olympian #NeerajChopra sets a new national record. He finishes 2nd at Paavo Nurmi Games with a new personal best throw of 89.30m in Turku, Finland.” He also congratulated him for winning Silver Medal stating that the nation is proud of Chopra.
“Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 on setting the new national record. Kudos & more power to you! ?? Onwards & Upwards,” tweeted Suresh Raina.
— Suresh Raina?? (@ImRaina) June 15, 2022
Neeraj Chopra will next compete in Finland’s Kuortane Games before going to Sweden for the Diamond League’s Stockholm leg.