India’s golden boy Neeraj Chopra once again defended his Diamond League title. Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra produced a career-best fourth throw on Friday to clinch the gold with a throw of 88.78m. The 25-year-old Chopra had won the 2022 Diamond League Finals trophy in Switzerland last September.
When Neeraj Chopra did the golden throw, he was very calm. When his name reached the top on the display, happiness was visible on his face.
He also won the silver medal in the Doha Diamond League last year with a throw of 90.88 metres. Reigning world champion Anderson Peters of Granada, who won the event here last year with a monster throw of 93.07m, finished third with 85.88m.
Chopra said after the victory – It was a very difficult victory, but I am happy, this is a really good start for me. I hope to come first in the next competitions and maintain consistency during this season.
In the 45-second video, you can see that Chopra, who is called Bahubali of India, made a throw of 88.67 meters in his first attempt, which no one could cross. It was the fourth best effort of his career. The Indian superstar had participated here for the first time in 2018. At that time he was in fourth place with a best throw of 87.43m.
Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic won the silver medal with a throw of 88.63m, he was just 4 cm behind Neeraj. Whereas, Anderson Peters of Grenada finished third with a throw of 85.88m.
Neeraj said in post match session that- It was challenging for all the athletes, but I am still satisfied with my result. It’s a wonderful environment. Today was challenging, I’ll do better next time. A lot of people came to support me and they are really happy. Sometimes it is really difficult because we have a big country and people have expectations, and now more athletes from my country join me in the Diamond League and other competitions.
Chopra’s personal best is 89.94m, it was Chopra’s second win at a Diamond League meeting. He became the first Indian to win a Diamond League meeting in Lausanne last year.