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Neeraj Chopra, winning medals one after the other, is now ready to make a golden start in this league

New Delhi: Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the first medal of the year at the Kuorten Games in Finland. This player, who won the gold medal, not only won this title by allaying the fears of his injury, but also gave a message to the World Athletics Club. Now he is also all set to start his Diamond League season in Stockholm from 30 June.

The 24-year-old had slipped after his third attempt on Saturday during the Courtenay Games. The conditions were not conducive for the javelin throw event to be held in a wet and slippery run up due to rain. Chopra had lost his balance and fell down after throwing the javelin in his third attempt.

Chopra won the gold in her first attempt with a javelin throw of 86.69m, matching second- and third-placed 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago (86.64m) and world champion Anderson Peters (84.75m) of Grenada. Took only three attempts.

Chopra wrote in her Instagram post, ‘The conditions were difficult due to the weather, but happy with my first win of the season here at Cuortaine. I am feeling well and ready to start my Diamond League season on 30 June in the Bauhausgalan (Stockholm Diamond League).

Chopra had earlier won silver with an effort of 89.30m at the Pavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland. His throw at Cuortaine was less than that but winning the gold would certainly have boosted his morale. The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) also said that Chopra is completely fit.

AFI tweeted, ‘News from Courtenay: Neeraj Chopra is fit despite falling due to slip in third attempt. nothing to worry about. Congrats Neeraj Chopra for another great performance. More than 10 months after winning the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Chopra made a spectacular comeback with a silver medal at the Pawo Nurmi Games.

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