Neeraj Chopra breaks national record: Throw of 89.30 metres in Paavo Nurmi Games 2022

Neeraj Chopra at Paavo Nurmi Games 2022

Subedar Neeraj Chopra made a remarkable return in Paavi Nurmi games 2022 on Tuesday in Turku, Finland, a city considered to be a spiritual home of Javelin throw. A tremendous throw of 89.30m broke all his previous national records as he secured second position by winning a silver medal for the country. 

Breaks his own national record

Earlier his national record in javelin throw was 88.07m which he set in March 2021 in Patiala, Punjab and won the Tokyo Olympics gold with 87.58m throw in August 2021.

Chopra’s first competitive event after little over 10 months was nothing short of extraordinary, as he came dangerously close to breaking the coveted 90m mark, which is regarded as the gold standard in the world of javelin throwing.

In many respects, the tournament in Turku served as an ideal warm-up for the World Championships. Four of the year’s top five throwers were in the field, including Peters, Trinidad’s Keshorn Walcott, Julian Weber of German and Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic. Chopra, like Tokyo, was able to retain his position of strength.

Neeraj Chopra’s Next target

He has held the National Record in the men’s javelin throw since 2016. His first attempt at the national record came in the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati, when he tied Rajinder Singh’s 82.23m effort on his way to gold.

Chopra’s next target will be to breach the 90m-mark, which will elevate him to  a select group of athletes who have achieved that.

Country’s sportspersons and others congratulate the golden boy:

Watch the video clip of his performance:

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