At the Kuortane Games, India’s boy with the golden arm Neeraj Chopra won gold medal by throwing 86.69m, finishing ahead of world champion Anderson Peters and Keshorn Walcott. The 24-year-old threw the winning distance on his opening throw itself. Meanwhile, silver medal winner and 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott threw 86.64m. Meanwhile, world champion Anderson Peters came third for his throw of 84.75m which came in the first and opening round.
The gold medal was even more special for Chopra as it came on the day where conditions were against the athletes who were competing with not only each other but against rains and wet conditions. Most athletes struggled during their run-up and even Chopra suffered a nasty fall during his third attempt.
Chopra for the most part is seen in his element during his throws. However, he too struggled due to rainy conditions and during the third attempt endured a clumsy fall which was caught on video. Later, the Indian federation of athletes confirmed that all was well with Chopra after the fall.
Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal came days after he set a new national record by breaking his previous record. Earlier last week Chopra threw at 89.30m, to set the new record. The previous record was also under Chopra’s name at 88.07m.
The Facts of the Matter
At his current rate, only skies are limit for 24-year-old Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra. Days after he broke his own record to etch a new national record, Neeraj Chopra clinched the gold medal at the Kuortane Games.
Neeraj Chopra threw a long and commendable 86.69m javelin throw at the competition, surpassing the numbers of Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott and Grenada’s Anderson Peters. While 2012 Olympic medalist Walcott had an 86.64m throw to his name, Peters came third with 84.75m.
Conditions were Against Neeraj Chopra
With wet and damp conditions caused due to rain, Chopra fouled during his second and third attempts. It was his first throw which was enough to have him clinch the gold medal. Although his throw as not as long as his recently record-breaking throw of 86.90m, the gold medal will surely give him additional assurance that he can fight against odds as well.
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Home Favourite already Pulled Out of Event
Neeraj was the last to throw his javelin and break the 86.69m mark at the game. However, any chances of a long and grueling competition evaporated due to constant rains. To give Chopra’s gold medal winning performance some context, Finland’s Oliver Helander, who was a favourite due to home-conditions, chose to pull out the event.
All Leading Athletes Decided Against Competing Further
Such were the conditions at the Kuortane Games that all three leading competitors – Neeraj Chopra, Keshorn Walcott and Anderson Peters decided against competing in the last few throws. Chopra returned to the bench, choosing against going for his fourth throw. He did the same with the fifth and sixth throws. Meanwhile, both Keshron and Anderson also decided to not compete further owing to the conditions.
Video: Chopra Gives Fan Scare After Suffering Nasty Fall
At the competition, Chopra gave his fans, and possibly all federation administration a small tense moment after he endured a nasty fall. During his third throw, Chopra suffered a slip up on the runway right after he could release the javelin. Following throw, Chopra lost his balance and fell on his left side, causing some tension among the Indian fans.
— Naveen Peter (@peterspeaking) June 18, 2022
Later the Athletics Federation of India took to Twitter and confirmed that Chopra was okay after enduring the fall. “All well with @Neeraj_chopra1 after that bad slip on his third attempt. Nothing to worry,” the Tweet read.
News from Kuortane: All well with @Neeraj_chopra1 after that bad slip on his third attempt. Nothing to worry 👍
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) June 18, 2022