Neeraj Chopra Made India Proud With 89.08m Throw In Diamond League
Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win a Diamond League event in Lausanne on 26 August 2022. The 24-year-old javelin thrower opened with an unbeatable 89.08m throw that turned out to be the winning throw at the end. With this victory, he qualified for the Diamond League finals in Zurich next month.
• Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch finished second with an 85.88m throw
• American Curtis Thompson was third with an 83.72m throw
• Neeraj Chopra skipped Commonwealth Games in Birmingham due to an injury
• Chopra qualified for Diamond League Finals and the 2023 World Championships
How Did Neeraj Chopra Make History in Lausanne?
Neeraj Chopra had three valid throws (85.18m in second and 80.04m in sixth) in the event after passing his third and fifth attempts. But his opening throw (89.08m) kept him ahead of others. His nearest rival Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch who is also the Tokyo Olympic silver medallist began as the top seed in Lausanne with a season-best of 90.88m throw but finished at second with 85.88. American Curtis Thompson finished third with 83.72.
What Did Neeraj Chopra Say About His Feat?
A jubilant Neeraj Chopra said that he was delighted with his result. He further said that 89m was a great performance. He was very pleased as he was coming back from an injury and that night was a good indicator that he had recovered well.
Neeraj Chopra went on to say that he had to skip Commonwealth Games due to injury and he was a bit nervous. That night had given him a lot of confidence to finish the season on a high, with a strong performance in the Zurich DL Final.
What Are The Upcoming Tournaments Of Neeraj Chopra?
Neeraj Chopra is preparing for Diamond League Finals in Zurich on September 7 and 8. But he remained in the fourth spot with 15 points with 8 points added on Friday. He has also qualified for the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary by breaching the 85.20m qualifying mark.