In a field filled with the best in the world, including world leader Andersen Peters (93.07m), Neeraj Chopra revealed that the only change in the year or so of inactivity since that day in Tokyo is the length of his hair and the fact that he can now throw your spear farther than ever before.

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At the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland, in his first post-Olympic event, Chopra ran to the front, hurled his javelin with a mighty yell and clocked 86.92m – a full two and a half meters more than any of his compatriots had done all year. . . Then, on his second attempt, he broke his own national record with a score of 89.30m.

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Chopra did not compete for almost a year. In fact, he hardly trained, having spent so much of those 11 months at congratulation ceremonies.

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However, throwing better than ever does not guarantee ultimate victory. On this occasion, at the 2022 Paavo Nurmi Games, Finn Oliver Helander set a personal best of 89.83 meters in front of his home crowd to win gold ahead of Chopra. On his last throw, Chopra turned to the crowd with the dart mid-flight, pointing his index fingers to the sky (just like he did in Tokyo), but soon realized that he had flown “only” 85.85 m. Silver then .

But now for Chopra, the color of the medal is not important.

Ahead of the World Championships (early July) and the Commonwealth Games (late July), as well as regular Diamond League competition, the new national record and two other 85+m throws served as a reminder to the players, and to himself, that his Olympic gold was only the beginning.

89.30m is now the closest to joining the elite 90m club and it will give him palpable faith that his next big goal is within reach.