India’s golden boy Neeraj Chopra has made his mark for the year 2022. He wins the first gold of the year at the Kuortane games in Finland.
In the first attempt, Chopra secured the first spot by a throw of 86.69 meters. Although one of the latter attempts saw him have a nasty fall. But the first attempt was enough to secure gold.
With this throw of 86.6 meters, he finished ahead of 2012 Olympics Champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad. And Tobago and the world Champion Andres Peters of Grenada.
Chopra endured a nasty fall
This incident took place due to the bad weather in the province of Northern Europe. These not-so-favorable conditions featured wet tracks and rain. Athletes were earlier seen struggling with their run-up. As a result, Chopra endured a nasty fall in the final attempt.
Following this incident, Chopra decided not to throw in his final three attempts. He was seen leaving the court in a black jacket. Later the Athletics Federation of India issued a notice ensuring his well-being.
In an official social media post, they wrote: “News from Kuortane: All well with @Neeraj_chopra1 after that bad slip on his third attempt. Nothing to worry about.”
Chopra has been in a sublime form ever since his return from injury. Earlier, while competing at the Paavo Nurmi Games at Turku, he secured a silver medal. He broke the national record in that competition by securing 89.30 in one of his throws. This was also the best throw of his career.
Following the Paavo Nurmi Games, he was quoted by News18 saying,
“I am pleased with my performance. It was my first event of the season, so I am happy to have started the season on a high note. My performance here has boosted my confidence significantly. Going forward, I am looking to work on my technique, throw, and overall performance. I am in a happy place at the moment, and I just want to do well in the upcoming events.”
Indian fans will be hoping for him to continue his red hot form in the Commonwealth Games later this year.