WATCH: Neeraj Chopra's first throw enough to beat world champions

New Delhi: 

Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has clinched another gold for himself in 2022 Kuortane Games in Finland. Indian star’s first throw proved great enough to claim the gold medal defeating the fellow players including reigning World Champion Anderson Peters. 

First legal throw of Chopra travelled a distance of 86.69m and that was it. Though Trinidad’s Keshorn Walcott gave its best to create an exciting duel by throwing the javelin at a distance of 86.64m, falling short by 5 cm. 

Golden boy of India had his leg slip on the wet and slippery runway but he handled and won the gold unharmed. The Indian javelin thrower hit the spot on his very first try at the tournament, had a foul on his second try, and bore a nasty slip in his third attempt, following which he chose to skip the remaining two attempts.

India sports minister Anurag Thakur congratulated Neeraj for becoming “incredible champion.” “Gold for Neeraj! He’s done it again, what an incredible champion! Best throw of 86.69m in his 1st attempt at the #KuortaneGames2022@Neeraj_chopra1 clinches the top spot and goes on to win his 1st of the season. BRILLIANT,”: tweeted Anurag Thakur.

Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad settled for silver with a throw of 86.64m while Anderson Peters claimed bronze with a throw of 84.75m. India’s Sandeep Chaudhury was eighth in the standings with a throw of 60.35m. 

Earlier this month, Neeraj took part at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland and won a silver while setting a new national record with a throw of 89.30m. The Golden Boy of India will next take part in the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League on June 30


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