Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra won the javelin throw competition at the Kuortane Games in Finland on Saturday, defeating reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada for the second time in four days. This victory gave Chopra his first top podium finish of the year.
The opening throw of 86.69 meters by the 24-year-old Chopra ended up being the winning distance.
Keshorn Walcott, the 2012 Olympic champion from Trinidad and Tobago, came in second with a first-round throw of 86.64 meters.
With a best throw of 84.75 meters, which she also made in the first round, Peters finished third.
Chopra made only three throws because his second and third attempts were fouls. As a result, Chopra only had one throw that was legal, and he used that throw to win the match.
His throw was not as big as the 89.30m effort while finishing second in the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, in a star-studded field but the win will surely boost his confidence ahead of the Stockholm Diamond League on June 30.
Finland’s Oliver Helander, who won the javelin throw competition in Turku with an effort of 89.83m, did not turn up though his name was entered.
Reigning Asian and world para javelin champion Sandeep Chaudhary, who was also training at the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre along with Chopra, also took part in the competition and finished eighth with a best throw of 60.35m.
Peters, who won gold in the Doha Diamond League last month, is currently atop the standings this season because to his record-breaking throw of 93.07 meters. The fifth-best effort of the season is by Chopra, who ran 89.30 meters in Turku.
In a star-studded field at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, on Tuesday, Chopra had made a remarkable comeback to competition following his historic gold in the Tokyo Olympics with a magnificent throw of 89.30m shattering his own national record.