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Diamond League Final: Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win Diamond Trophy with 88.44m throw

On Thursday, September 8, Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win the Dimond Trophy, the prestigious title in the Diamond League series finals in the men’s javelin throw. The 24-year-old, the Olympic champion from Tokyo, threw 88.44 meters and finished on the top step of the podium.

Neeraj finished ahead of Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch and Germany’s Julian Webber to make history. The Indian javelin thrower started with a foul while Vadlejch took the lead on the first attempt with a throw of 84.15m. However, Neeraj threw 88.44m in his 2nd attempt and it was not surpassed until the end of the competition.

Neeraj then threw 88.00m in his 3rd attempt, 86.11m in his 4th attempt and 87.00m in his 5th and 83.60m in his last attempt. Vadlejch finished 2nd with a best attempt of 86.94m.

Neeraj’s 3 throws outperformed the rest of the field in another of the Indian’s dominating show, this time in the Diamond League Final.

NEERAJ COMPLETES THE SET

Neeraj won Olympic gold in 2021, the Asian Games gold in 2018, the Commonwealth Games gold in 2018 and the World Championships in Athletics in 2022. However, he had said he would like to win the Diamond Trophy to complete the set and spoke of the importance of Diamond League events for him.

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Neeraj walked Thursday’s speech in Zurich, at the top of the 6-man field, which also included Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Jakub Vadlecjh.

Coutesy: Diamond League

Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win the prestigious Diamond Trophy, the title in the Diamond League final in Zurich, after achieving a string of firsts earlier this year. The Tokyo Olympic champion was the first Indian to finish first in a stage of the Diamond League when he finished with 89.08m in Lausanne Diamond League in August.

He had previously participated in two Diamond League finals, finishing 7th in 2017 and 4th in 2018.

The historic throw in Lausanne was also Neeraj’s return to competitive action after missing the Commonwealth Games due to an injury sustained at the Eugene World Championships in Athletics, where he threw 88.13m in the final to win a silver medal. , the first in the country. also.

Before Eugene, Neeraj had set his personal best in the Stockholm stage of the Diamond League with a throw of 89.94 m. He finished 2nd behind reigning World Champion Anderson Peters, who missed the Diamond League Final in Zurich due to injuries after he suffered an attack. on a boat in Grenada.

Neeraj only took part in 2 rounds of the Diamond League in 2022 and a win in Laussane and a second place in Stockholm were enough for him to book a place in the final in Zurich.

Neeraj had finished 4th behind Jakub Vadlech (27 of 4 events), Julian Weber (19 of 3 events) and Anderson Peters (16 of 2 events). Neeraj finished with 15 of 2 events. Each athlete will receive 8 points for first place in a stage of the Diamond League, 7 for second place, 6 for third place and 5 for fourth place.

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