Star Indian javelin thrower Niraj Chopra put on a significantly improved show from the previous two as he finished third with 86.79m at Kuortane Games in Finland on Saturday.
Chopra started at 83.21 meters and then sent an iron spear 86.79 meters in a second attempt. All other four shots were fouls.
The season leader and 2017 world champion German Johannes Vetter (SB: 96.29 m) won the competition with the best throw of 93.59 meters. The German is the favorite for the gold medal at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, who won gold at the 2012 London Olympics and bronze at the 2016 Rio Games, finished second with the best throw of 89.12 meters.
Reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada finished fourth with a best throw of 83.46 meters.
It was Chopra’s third best performance this season since rewriting his own national record in the third Indian Grand Prix with a 88.07m throw in March at NIS Patiala. A few days later, he threw 87.80 m during the Fed Cup at the same spot.
In his previous two competitions in Europe, Chopra put a maximum of 83.18 meters to win the competition in Lisbon, Portugal on June 10, and then scored below 80.96 meters at the Karlstad Grand Prix in Sweden on June 22. …
The 23-year-old reigning champion of the Asian and Commonwealth Games qualified for the Tokyo Olympics last January in South Africa.