Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history on Saturday after winning the gold medal at the ongoing Kuortane Games in Finland. The athlete claimed the first position with his personal best throw of 86.69m putting behind Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago in the second position and world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada in the third.
Despite the harsh weather in Finland, Neeraj threw an unmatched 86.9m in his first attempt, followed by a foul in his second. In his third attempt, he ended up slipping on the wet track, though luckily, he wasn’t injured. After this, he decided not to make any more throws, even though he had three chances to make better his initial efforts, as he knew his first attempt was enough to fetch him a gold medal. Chopra said that the event helped his confidence grow, and he is now trying to improve upon what he learned at the Paavo Nurmi Games.
Chopra, who won a historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games, now has his eyes on other bigger events, including the Commonwealth Games. The next event that he is going to take part in is the Diamond League meet in Stockholm on June 30.