NEW DELHI: India’s star javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra added another title to his kitty as he claimed gold at the Sotteville Athletics meet in France on Tuesday.
Chopra’s throw of 85.17m was enough to clinch the top spot on the podium, leaving Moldova’s Andrian Mardare behind on the second spot with a distance of 81.48m. Edis Matusevicius (79.31m) of Lithuania settled for bronze.
The 2012 Olympic champion from Trinidad & Tobago, Keshorn Walcott, failed to finish on the podium, ending a poor fifth. His best throw was 78.26m.
Neeraj Chopra takes the win with this 85.17m at Meeting International Sotteville Les Rouen. #trackandfield… https://t.co/namYVvc1NN
The winning distance from Chopra was, however, less than what he achieved to win a historic Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold in Australia earlier this year. He had improved on his season’s best with an effort of 86.47m in Gold Coast to become the country’s first javelin-thrower to win a CWG gold.
He broke the national record with a throw of 87.43m at the Doha Diamond League but could finish only fourth.
“Well done Neeraj…keep going…Congratulations to Neeraj and coach Uwe Hohn (former World Record Holder in javelin throw). Thank you SAI and Govt of India for agreeing to send Neeraj to Finland along with coach for training on recommendation of Athletics Federation of India (AFI),” AFI President Adille Sumariwala tweeted.
Well done Neeraj…keep going…Congratulations to Neeraj and coach Uwe Hohn (former World Record Holder in javeli… https://t.co/43wQ2RJMlU
The 20-year-old first made heads roll when he set a junior world record in 2016. He won gold at the World Under-20 Athletics Championship with a throw of 86.48m. He, however, failed to qualify for the finals at the Rio Olympics same year.
Chopra’s next big test will be at the Asian Games next month in Indonesia.