Neeraj Chopra returns to international level after 18 months, wins gold in Lisbon before Olympics

Neeraj Chopra returns to international level after 18 months, wins gold in Lisbon before Olympics

There is only a short time left in the Tokyo Olympics and in such a situation all the players are trying to achieve their best form. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, a strong contender to bring medals for India, also made a comeback at the international level on Thursday after 18 months. Neeraj won the gold medal in the Meeting Cidade de Lisboa tournament with a throw of 83.18 meters. The 23-year-old Chopra's best throw was 83.18m among five Portuguese contestants, which proved to be a gold medalist.

Chopra measured this distance in the sixth and final attempt. None of Portugal's competitors could cross the 80 meter mark. Leandro Ramos of Portugal came second with a throw of 72.46m and Francisco Fernandes of Portugal came third with a throw of 57.25m.

return after 18 months

Chopra's opening throw was 80.71 meters while his second and third attempts were no throws. He failed to find a good pace in the fourth and could only record a throw of 78.50m. His fifth attempt was also a no throw while the last and sixth throw was 83.18 metres. Chopra clocked the season's best distance of 88.07 meters in March in Patiala. Chopra has landed at an event after 18 months through Lisbon.

far from the best

In January 2020, he competed in the South African domestic competition in Potchefstroom, surpassing the Tokyo Olympic qualification standard of 85 meters by recording a throw of 87.86 metres. After this, he could not compete at the international level due to the pandemic. In April, Neeraj was to go to Europe for training and competition, but due to the increasing cases of corona virus in India, many European countries refused to grant him a visa. Last week he got a visa to go to France and then went to compete in Portugal. Chopra had said a few weeks ago that her Olympic preparations were being affected by not participating in the competitions.


Copa America: Messi did not score, yet made a record, Argentina defeated Paraguay in the quarter-finals

Copa America: Messi did not score, yet made a record, Argentina defeated Paraguay in the quarter-finals

If you wrote a book of records by scoring goals, you have seen Messi many times. But, this time the goal is not in his record. Messi did not score a single goal for Argentina in the victory over Paraguay in the Copa America. Despite this, he has made a record. They will tell how Messi made this record. But before that, know the condition of the match played between Paraguay and Argentina.

Argentina defeated Paraguay to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Copa America. Under Messi's leadership, Argentina won this match 1-0. In this match, Messi remained on the field for 90 minutes. Argentina also entered this match with the same attack strategy, due to which it defeated Uruguay on 19 June.

Argentina won by Gomez's goal

Gomez scored the only goal of the match in the 10th minute of the first half of the match. After this, both the teams tried hard to get the ball into each other's goal post. But no one got success. Argentina fired 4 shots on the target in the match. 2 of these 4 shots were from Messi. But he could not score on both the occasions. At the same time, 2 shots were fired from Paraguay on the target.

equals the record for playing most matches

However, Messi did not score in this victory of Argentina, but he did make a record. He equaled playing the most international matches for Argentina. The match played against Paraguay was Messi's 147th match for Argentina. With this, he has equaled Argentina's Javier Maserano.

Now rest for a week, then turmoil

Argentine team will now rest for a week after the Copa America quarter-final ticket. Their next match is now against Bolivia on next Monday, which will be the last match of the group stage.


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