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Tokyo Olympics 2020 gold medalist, Neeraj Chopra has come into the limelight but not for the right reasons. 

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Tokyo Olympics 2020 gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has come into the limelight once again, but not for the right reasons. While playing in the Kuortane Games 2022, he slipped on the runaway while throwing the javelin. However, for the comfort of his fans, he didn't get injured. Notably, Chopra threw 86.69 meters in one of his earlier attempts which eventually helped him bag a gold.

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After the incident, the athlete was seen smiling which means that he didn't get injured. This comes as a huge relief for the fans as he is set to represent India in the Commonwealth Games, which will start in late July and conclude in early August. In another event in Finland, he broke the record after throwing 89.30 meters but could only win the Silver medal.

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Coming back to the incident, the 24-year-old didn't make any more attempts after slipping. With the upcoming major events such as World Athletics Championships, Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games lined up, it could be a precautionary move. Chopra will play next in the Stockholm leg of the Diamond League on June 30.

Notably, another Indian athlete named Sandeep Chaudhary, who is the Reigning Asian and world para javelin champion, also took part in the competition and finished eighth with a best throw of 60.35m. He trained with Chopra before the event. Meanwhile, after another gold medal in the last few months, the sports minister congratulated Chopra on Twitter.

Thakur pointed that the brilliance of Chopra and congratulated him for the first Gold medal of the season.

Gold for Neeraj ! He’s done it again, what an incredible champion ! • Best throw of 86.69m in his 1st attempt at the #KuortaneGames 2022 @Neeraj_Chopra1 clinches the top spot and goes on to win his 1st Gold Medal of the season BRILLIANT

Chopra is set to lead the 37-player contingent in the Commonwealth Games. The contingent will consist of 18 men's players and 19 women's players. He will be one of the contenders for the Gold medal in the event.

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