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Ace with a spear Neeraj Chopra will compete in the Kuortane Games on Friday

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Neeraj Chopra

Javelin thrower Ace Neeraj Chopra will be part of a highly competitive field at the Quartan Games in Finland on Friday in a bid to boost his confidence ahead of next month’s Tokyo Olympics.

Quartan’s games will be the 23rd year of Chopra’s third race in the European circuit. He won gold medals in Lisbon on June 10th and in Karlstad on June 22nd.

Chopra’s performance in both Lisbon and the Karlstad Grand Prix was moderate.

The personal best and national record of the Jakarta champion in Asian games and games of the British community is 88.07 m, recorded in March in Patiala.

In Lisbon, Chopra won gold with 83.18m, while his best throw in the Karlstad GP was 80.96m.

India’s Olympic Hope is back in international competition after nearly 18 months of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in January 2020 in South Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shivpal Singh is the other Indian javelin thrower to qualify for the Olympics. However, he chose to train at Patiala to prepare for the Olympics.

Singh skipped the one-day Indian Grand Prix of India on Monday in Patiala, but is expected to compete in the National Interstate Athletics Championships scheduled for Friday in Patiala.

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