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Neeraj Chopra wins javelin gold at Savo Games

Neeraj Chopra. AP Photo/Dita Alangkara

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won gold with an impressive performance, beating his Chinese Taipei rival Chao-Tsun Cheng at the recently concluded Savo Games in Finland on Sunday.

Neeraj, the reigning Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Asian season leader, threw 85.69m in the event held at Lapinlahti, Finland, where he is undergoing training as part of preparations for the upcoming Asian Games.

Cheng managed 82.52m to take the second place.

23-year-old Cheng is the only Asian to have thrown the javelin beyond 90m. He threw 91.36m during the World University Games in Taipei last year to shatter the previous Asian record of 89.15m set by Zhao Qinggang of China at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.

But this season, his best so far has been a 84.60m effort, made earlier this month in Sweden. Neeraj, on the other hand, has a personal best -- and national record -- of 87.43m, which he registered during the first leg of the Diamond League Meeting in Doha in May.

Neeraj is leading the Asian charts so far this season, ahead of Cheng and Ahmed Bader Magour of Qatar (season best 83.71m).