Neeraj Chopra and Johannes Vetter share a ride ahead of Kuortane Games

The Kuortane Games are set to offer a small glimpse into what the men's javelin throw scene will be like at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra and Johannes Vetter
Neeraj Chopra and Johannes Vetter

The Kuortane Games scheduled for 26 June will see heavyweights Neeraj Chopra and Johannes Vetter go toe to toe. Although Chopra and Vetter have squared off at various Diamond League events in the 2017 and 2018 season, the Kuortane Games are set to offer a small glimpse into what the men’s javelin throw scene will be like at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Ahead of their big clash, the top guns were seen traveling together in Finland. The duo was traveling to Kuortane for the games. The Kuortane meet 2021 is part of the international World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze series as well as that of the domestic Motonet GP series.

German javelin thrower Vetter has been in a thundering form since the start of the 2021 season. He has been dishing out throws beyond 90m at will. On the other hand, top Indian javelin thrower Neeraj has been in a good form since the beginning of the season and is very close to hitting the magical 90-meter mark.

Neeraj Chopra vs Johannes Vetter: Trailer before Tokyo Olympics

Johannes Vetter and Neeraj Chopra will faceoff before Tokyo Olympics
Johannes Vetter and Neeraj Chopra

Although Chopra and Vetter have competed against each other at various Diamond League events in the 2017 and 2018 season, the Games are set to offer a small glimpse into what the men’s javelin throw scene will be like at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

German javelin thrower Vetter has been in a thundering form since the start of the 2021 season. He has been dishing out throws beyond 90m at will. He produced his best performance of 96.29m at the European Team Championships in Poland. However, Vetter pulled his adductor muscle recently and has been out of action since late May. The Kuortane meet will be a chance for him to take a look at his competition and check his fitness.

On the other hand, top Indian javelin thrower Neeraj has been in a good form since the beginning of the season and is very close to hitting the magical 90-meter mark. His performance of 83.18m in Portugal and 80.96m at Karlstad GP were dismal but Chopra has claimed that he was still in training mode at the time and there is a lot more in the tank.

Johannes Vetter has enjoyed an undisputed dominance in the javelin throw and the Games will offer an ideal opportunity for his competitors, including Neeraj Chopra, to try and dethrone him. All eyes will definitely be on the men’s javelin throw event on 26th June 2021.

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