Superstar javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra broke his own record with the 89.3m throw at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland. This is Chopra’s first competition after his iconic win at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. Chopra’s 89.30m effort will take him to No. 5 on the season’s world leader list.
Chopra’s second-place finish was pivotal when he beat Anderson Peters of Granada, who was the favorite going into the event. Peters won the Doha Diamond League gold medal in May with a throw of 93.07m. Peters, however, was third with a throw of 86.60m. It was his first loss after seven straight wins this season.
Shortly after this news went viral, netizens were praising the javelin thrower for making India proud on the international stage.
Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Youth and Sports Anurag Thakur shared a 14-second video of the event and tweeted, “Golden Great Neeraj Chopra does it again! Neeraj Chopra threw 89.30 meters at the Paavo Nurmi Games to create a new national record! Absolutely delighted. You must see his throw!
Former Union Minister and Olympic medalist Rajyavardhan Rathore also congratulated Chopra and wrote: “Our decorated Olympian Neeraj Chopra is setting a new national record. He finished second at the Paavo Nurmi Games with a new personal best at 89.30m in Turku, Finland. Congratulations on the victory. The nation is proud of you Neeraj Chopra. Keep shining!”
Here’s how the rest of the internet reacted
After the feat of the Paavo Nurmi Games, Chopra will take part in the Kourtane Games in Finland on Saturday. He will also take part in the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League on June 30. He trained in the United States and Turkey before moving his base to Finland in May.