Javelin: Neeraj Chopra throws 83.18m in Lisbon in his first international win ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Olympic-bound star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra got here up with a finest effort of 83.18m to win an occasion in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday (June 10) in his first international competitors after greater than a yr. After starting with 80.71m, Chopra despatched the spear to 83.18m in his sixth and ultimate throw to win the javelin occasion on the Meeting Cidade de Lisboa (Meeting, City of Lisbon).

His second, third and fifth throws have been fouls whereas he recorded 78.50m in his fourth effort underneath windy situations on the Lisbon University stadium. The 23-year-old Indian, who has not taken half in any international occasion after qualifying for Tokyo Olympics in January final yr in South Africa, had reached Lisbon on Sunday.

The reigning Asian and Commonwealth Games champion, who has a private finest of 88.07m, was to depart for Europe on Monday final for a training-cum-competition stint but it surely was delayed by just a few days attributable to visa associated points. He had spoken about lack of competitors hampering his Olympic build-up throughout an interplay just a few weeks in the past.

Chopra had broken his own national record with a throw of 88.07m in Patiala at the Indian Grand Prix 3 in March. He had certified for the Olympics with a throw of 87.86m, which bettered the qualifying mark of 85m, at an occasion at Potchefstroom, South Africa, in January final yr.

After that, he had a quick coaching stint in Turkey earlier than speeding again residence in March final yr simply earlier than the lockdown was imposed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

(with PTI inputs)

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