Star-studded Indian javelin thrower Neraj Chopra has produced a significantly improved show from his previous two outings after finishing third with an effort of 86.79m in Quartan’s games in Finland on Saturday.
Chopra started with 83.21m and then sent the iron spear a distance of 86.79m on his second attempt. All other four throws were fouls.
The leader of the season and world champion for 2017, the German Johannes Fetter (SB: 96.29 m) won the event with the best throw of 93.59 m. The German is the favorite of the gold medal at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, who won gold at the 2012 London Olympics and bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, finished second with the best throw of 89.12 meters.
Reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada was fourth with the best throw of 83.46 meters.
It was Chopra’s third best performance this season after rewriting his own national record during the Indian Grand Prix 3 with a throw of 88.07m in March at NIS Patiala. A few days later, he threw 87.80m during the Federation Cup at the same venue.
In his previous two races in Europe, Chopra had made the best effort of 83.18m to win an event in Lisbon, Portugal on June 10th, before having a less than 80.96m performance at the Karlstad Grand Prix. in Sweden on 22 June.
The 23-year-old reigning Asian and British Community champion qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last January in South Africa.