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Neeraj Chopra Shines at Paavo Nurmi Games 2024

Indian javelin star Neeraj Chopra added another feather to his cap by clinching the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event at the Paavo Nurmi Games 2024 in Turku, Finland. The Paavo Nurmi Games is a prestigious World Athletics Continental Tour (Gold level) event, and Neeraj’s victory further solidifies his position as a dominant force in the sport.

Neeraj’s Winning Throw

The reigning Olympic and World Champion kicked off the competition with an impressive opening throw of 83.62m. However, he was briefly overtaken by local favorite Oliver Helander, who had a second-round throw of 83.96m, while Neeraj could only manage 83.45m.

Undeterred, Neeraj reclaimed the lead with a third-round throw of 85.97m, which turned out to be his best effort of the day. He followed it up with consistent throws of 82.21m, a foul throw, and 82.97m in the subsequent rounds, showcasing his remarkable consistency and skill.

Podium Finishers

Finland’s Toni Keränen secured the silver medal with a new personal best of 84.19m, while Oliver Helander won the bronze with his earlier throw of 83.96m. Another local athlete, Lassi Etelätalo, finished last with 79.35m.

Former world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada finished fourth with 82.58m, while former Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott settled for sixth spot with 81.93m. Moldova’s Andrian Mardare took fifth place with 82.19m.

Promising Talent Falters

Max Dehning, the 19-year-old German who produced a world-leading throw of 90.20m in February, could not cross the 80m mark as he finished seventh with 79.84m, failing to live up to expectations.

Neeraj’s Consistent Form

This was Neeraj’s third event of the season, and he has been in consistent form. The 26-year-old Indian had finished second at the Diamond League meeting in Doha with 88.36m and claimed the top spot at the Federation Cup in Bhubaneswar last month with 82.27m, his first domestic competition since winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Upcoming Events

Neeraj was supposed to participate in the Ostrava Golden Spike 2024 but decided against it as a precautionary measure due to an issue with his adductor muscles. He has been exempted by the Athletics Federation of India from participating in the National Inter-State Meet, set to be held in Panchkula from June 27 to 30, and is expected to next be in action during the Diamond League meeting in Paris on July 7.

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