Neeraj Chopra wins at Kuortane Games

Neeraj Chopra will be in action in the World Championships and Commonwealth Games in 2022. Michael Steele/Getty Images

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra won his first event of the season at the Kuortane Games in Finland, beating reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada for the second time in four days.

Chopra's opening throw of 86.69m turned out to be the winning distance. Trinidad and Tobago's 2012 Olympics champion Keshorn Walcott was second with a first round throw of 86.64m. Peters was third with a best throw of 84.75m, which also came in the opening round.

In tricky conditions with rain in the air, Chopra's second and third attempts were fouls and he did only three throws. His throw was not as big as the national record breaking 89.30m effort while finishing second in the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, in a star-studded field but the win would serve to boost his confidence ahead of the Stockholm Diamond League on June 30. That event had been his first since winning gold in the Tokyo Olympics.

Finland's Oliver Helander, who won javelin throw competition in Turku with an effort of 89.83m, did not turn up though his name was entered.

Reigning Asian and world para javelin champion Sandeep Chaudhary, who was also training at the Kuortane Olympic Training Centre along with Chopra, also took part in the competition and finished eighth with a best throw of 60.35m.

Peters is leading the charts this season with his PB of 93.07m while winning gold in the Doha Diamond League last month. Chopra's 89.30m effort in Turku stands at fifth best of the season.