Neeraj Chopra is back to action at Paavo Nurmi ahead of Paris Olympics

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Neeraj Chopra

Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, the golden boy of Indian athletics and the Tokyo Olympic champion is set to make a comeback in the international arena. He is scheduled to participate in the prestigious Paavo Nurmi Games 2024, which will be held in Turku, Finland, on June 18.

Chopra had to miss the 63rd Ostrava Golden Spike 2024 athletics meet due to an issue with his adductor muscle. However, he is now ready to compete again and his participation in the Paavo Nurmi Games marks his return to the international field.

The Paavo Nurmi Games, first held in 1957, is Finland’s top track and field competition, held annually every summer. The competition, labelled Continental Tour Gold, is a top-tier World Athletics event. The Turku meet will be Chopra’s second competition of 2024.

Neeraj Chopra’s impressive 2024

Chopra’s performance in 2024 has been noteworthy. He finished second in the Doha Diamond League with a best throw of 88.36m and then won the gold medal in the Federation Cup in Bhubaneswar with a best throw of 82.27m. He had previously secured a silver medal at the 2022 Paavo Nurmi Games by throwing 89.30m, setting a personal best at the time. Later in the year, at the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League, Chopra surpassed his previous best with a throw of 89.94m, which now stands as the current Indian national record.

The Paavo Nurmi Games will feature top javelin throw stars from around the world. Germany’s 19-year-old Max Dehning, who became the youngest javelin thrower to surpass the prestigious 90m mark earlier this year, is also competing in this event. Dehning’s throw of 90.20m is the leading mark in the world this year.

Chopra’s participation in the Paavo Nurmi Games is a crucial event as he gears up for the Paris Olympics. It will be interesting to see how he performs against the world’s best, and whether he can improve upon his personal best and national record. His performance in this competition will be a key indicator of his form and readiness for the upcoming Olympics.

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