New Delhi, July 18: India’s star javelin-thrower Neeraj Chopra clinched a gold medal at the Sotteville Athletics Meet in France on Tuesday.
Chopra, who had won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, threw 85.17 metres to bag the top prize.
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Neeraj is India’s top javelin thrower and he proved his mettle once again on the international stage when he won the gold medal with a massive margin.
Neeraj Chopra ?? takes the win with this 85.17m at Meeting International Sotteville Les Rouen. #trackandfield #athletics #Keihäänheitto @JustSportsTweet @ThrowsChat @TnFjunkie pic.twitter.com/hJHUEuqUzL
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While Neeraj Chopra threw a distance of 85.17 m, the second best was Adrian Mardare of Moldova who threw a distance of 81.48 m.
The bronze medal went to Lithuania’s Edis Matusevicius, whose best throw of the night was 79.31m.
The winning distance from Chopra was, however, less than what he achieved to win a historic Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold in Australia earlier this year. He had improved on his season’s best with an effort of 86.47m in Gold Coast to become the country’s first javelin-thrower to win a CWG gold.
Last week, he finished fifth at the Rabat Diamond League with a best throw of 83.32m.
Neeraj Chopra stands 4th with 83.32 metres after the 3rd round of throws at the Rabat Diamond League as German Andreas Hofmann leads with a 88.58 metre throw. #DiamondLeague pic.twitter.com/W7GnU2B9ho
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So, the victory at the Sotteville Athletics Meet augurs well for his Asian Games preparation which will be held next month in Indonesia.