Neeraj Chopra Made India Proud With 89.08m Throw In Diamond League

Neeraj Chopra Make History in Lausanne

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

• 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 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.

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89.30 Meter Is The New National Record Of Ace Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra Record

Neeraj Chopra set a new national record in the javelin throw at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. He threw the javelin 89.30 meters and touched the coveted 90m mark considered the gold standard in the world of javelin throw.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Neeraj Chopra won the silver medal at Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland.
• He set a new national record by throwing the javelin 89.30 meters
• Finland’s 25-year-old Oliver Helander won the gold by throwing the javelin 88.02 meters
• Neeraj Chopra is now fifth on the world season leaders’ list

Let’s See Neeraj Chopra Throwing Javelin At Paavo Nurmi Games

It was Neeraj Chopra’s first competition after winning a gold medal on August 7, 2021, in the Tokyo Olympics when he sent the spear 87.58m. And as expected, he opened well by throwing the javelin to an impressive 86.92m before making a new national record of 89.30m. But the next three attempts ended in fouls and the sixth and the last throw was 85.85m. He had to contend with a silver medal. Chopra’s earlier national best was 88.07m which he had set in Patiala in March 2021.

Neeraj Chopra Record

On the contrary, Finland’s 25-year-old Oliver Helander threw the javelin 89.83m and won the gold medal. It was his second attempt at the throw. His personal best is 88.02m and his season-best is 80.36m.

Anderson Peters of Grenada, who’s also the reigning world champion, won the third with a throw of 86.60m. His best throw is 93.07m and he had won seven times on the trot this season.

2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago came fourth with a throw of 84.02m and silver medalist of the Czech Republic’s Tokyo Olympics, Jakub Vadlejch came fourth with a … Read more