The 24-year-old Chopra’s first throw of 86.69m proved to be the winning distance. Olympic champion of Trinidad and Tobago in 2012 Keshorn Walcott finished second with a first-round throw of 86.64m. Peters finished third with a best throw of 84.75m, also achieved in the first run.
Chopra’s second and third attempts were fouls and he only made three pitches. This meant that Chopra had only one legal pitch and he won the competition with it. His throw wasn’t as big as the 89.30m effort while finishing second in the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland in a star field, but this win will surely boost his confidence ahead of the Stockholm Diamond League. June 30.
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Finland Olivier Helanderwho won the javelin throwing competition in Turku with an effort of 89.83m, did not show up although his name was entered.
Reigning Asian and World Paralympic Javelin Champion Sandeep Chaudhary, who was also training at Kuortane Olympic Training Center with Chopra, also competed and finished eighth with a best throw of 60.35m.
Peters tops the charts this season with his monster throw of 93.07m while winning gold in the Doha Diamond League last month. Chopra’s 89.30m effort in Turku is fifth best of the season.
Chopra had made a spectacular return to competition after his historic gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics with a stunning 89.30m throw shattering his own national record, which placed him second in a field of stars at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland on Tuesday.
Chopra’s first competitive event after just over 10 months was nothing short of extraordinary as he almost touched the coveted 90m mark, considered the gold standard in the world of javelin throwing.
Chopra’s previous national record was 88.07m, which he set in Patiala in March last year. He had won gold at the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.58m on August 7, 2021.
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