Neeraj Chopra dispels injury fears after bad fall in Kuortane games, looks forward to Diamond League season opener | Athletics News

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Allaying injury fears at the Kuortane Games in Finland where he picked up his first victory of the year, Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra said he was looking forward to starting his Diamond League season in Stockholm on June 30th.

Chopra, 24, slipped after his third attempt at Kuortane on Saturday. The conditions were dangerous for a javelin throwing competition with a wet and slippery climb due to the rains. He lost his balance after releasing the spear on his third attempt and took a bad fall with his left shoulder hitting the turf.

Chopra won the competition with his first throw – his only legal attempt – of 86.69m. He took just three attempts, as did second and third place – Trinidad and Tobago 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott (86.64m) and reigning world champion Anderson Peters (84.75m) from Granada.

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“Difficult conditions with the weather, but happy to get my first win of the season here at Kuortane,” Chopra wrote in an Instagram post.

“I feel great and can’t wait to start my Diamond League season at @bauhausgalan (Stockholm Diamond League) on the 30th.”

His throw wasn’t as big as the 89.30m effort as he finished second at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, in a star-studded field on Tuesday, but the win will surely boost his confidence ahead of the Stockholm Diamond. League.

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The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) also said “everything is fine” with Chopra.

“Kuortane News: All good with @Neeraj_chopra1 after this bad mistake on his third attempt. Nothing to worry about. Well done #NeerajChopra, congratulations on another top notch performance,” AFI tweeted.

Peters, who was beaten by Chopra twice in four days, tops the standings this season with his monster throw of 93.07m while winning gold in the Doha Diamond League last month. Chopra’s 89.30m effort in Turku is fifth for the season.

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Chopra had made a spectacular return to competition after his historic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics with a breathtaking throw of 89.30m to break his own national record, which placed him second at the Paavo Nurmi Games.

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Chopra’s first competitive event after just over 10 months was nothing short of extraordinary as he almost touched the coveted 90m mark, considered the gold standard in the world of javelin throwing.

His previous national record was 88.07m which he set in Patiala in March last year. He had won gold at the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.58m on August 7, 2021.

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