Olympic-bound Neeraj Chopra shatters breaks his own national record: In a spectacular return to action during the third Indian Grand Prix meet here on Friday, Olympic-bound star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra shattered his own national record with a throw of 88.07m, which is also the best of the year so far.
Chopra hurled the spear to a distance of 88.07cm in his fifth attempt to break his previous national record of 88.06m, which he set during the gold-winning effort at the 2018 Asian Games.
Neeraj Chopra, the first Indian javelin thrower to earn an Asian Games gold medal, smashed his own national record with a throw of 88.06 metres in Jakarta on Monday. The Commonwealth Games and reigning Asian champion dominated the tournament, breaking his own national record of 87.43, which he set in Doha during the Diamond League series’ first leg in May. This season, none of the participants in the field had thrown an 85 or higher.
Chopra qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in a competition held in South Africa during his training stint there in January of last year. Before Friday, that was also the last competition he had entered.