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.