New Delhi: On Saturday, Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra won the gold medal at the Kuortane Games in Finland after registering a throw of 86.69m on his first attempt, had a foul in his second attempt and endured a nasty slip in his third, following which he opted to skip the remaining two attempts.
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Neeraj Chopra, who recently set the new national record, started off strong with his 86.69m throw, which was good enough to pip his competitors. This was just his second competition since the Tokyo Olympics, where he became the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics. Walcott finished a close second with a throw of 86.64m, while Peters was third with a best attempt of 84.75. Chopra competed for the second time this week at the Kuortane Games, which is a silver-level event in the World Athletics Continental Tour.
After the event Neeraj Chopra said, “I am pleased with my performance. It was my first event of the season, so I am happy to have started the season on a high note. My performance here has boosted my confidence significantly.” “Going forward, I am looking to work on my technique, throw, and overall performance. I am in a happy place at the moment and I just want to do well in the upcoming events,” he added.