Proud moment for India! Once again the golden boy shines, yes he is none other than Neeraj Chopra. Neeraj Chopra wins heart again! Becomes first Indian to ace Diamond League. Here is all you need to know.
The headline in India reads, “Neeraj Chopra Scripts Yet Another History.” Neeraj Chopra, the star athlete of India, made history on August 26 by becoming the first Indian to win the Lausanne Diamond League with a huge throw of 89.08 metres. He qualified for both the 2023 World Championships and the Diamond League final in Zurich with the victory.
After recovering from a groyne injury he received during the World Athletics Championship, where he earned the silver medal, the 24-year-old javelin thrower was making a return. He took a month or so off from training and competing to recuperate and recover before the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Neeraj’s successful throw!
Neeraj Chopra began with 89.08m, which ultimately proved to be the winning throw, moving him closer to the 90m record. His third-best throw of his career thus far was this one. The second throw of his measured 85.18m, was unsuccessful, as were his third and fifth tries. His sixth throw in the competition measured 80.04m.
Neeraj expressed happiness at his accomplishment. “A fantastic performance, 89m. I am especially happy because I am recovering from an injury. Adding on he said tonight was a positive sign that I have done.
Neeraj Chopra made his second participation in the Diamond League this year as he returned to the Lausanne division. With a throw of 89.94 metres earlier, he captured the silver medal in the Stockholm Diamond League.
Diamond League Finale
The Tokyo gold medalist also earned a spot in the Diamond League championship. This will be held in Zurich on September 7 and 8. The men’s javelin thrower’s final opportunity to qualify for the final occurred in the Lausanne meet. This was the deciding factor in the Diamond League race. Only the top-six finishers go to the major final.
Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic, who won silver at the Tokyo Olympics 2020, is now in first place in the Diamond League points standings after three appearances. World No. 4 Julian Weber is in second place with 19 points. Anderson Peters, the reigning world champion from Grenada, has 16 points after two victories. With 15 points, Neeraj is presently ranked fourth in the Diamond League.
By surpassing the qualifying mark of 85.20 metres, Neeraj also gained entry to the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.