New Delhi: India javelin star Neeraj Chopra returned to Diamond League action for the first time in 4 years in style as he broke his own national record for the second time in a month with a massive throw of 89.94m in Stockholm on Thursday. With that mark, which he achieved in his first attempt, the 24-year-old Chopra broke his own national record of 89.30m that he set at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku earlier this month.
What a competition in the men's javelin.
A meeting record of 90.31 sees @peters_oly claim his 2nd win of the season…
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Neeraj Chopra finished second behind reigning world champion Anderson Peters who won the event with a best throw of 90.31m on his third attempt to set a new meet record. It was a fantastic series of 6 throws for Neeraj Chopra, who finished in the top 3 in a Diamond League meet for the first time – 89.94m, 84.37m, 87.46m, 84.77m, 86.67m, and 86.84m. Peters took the gold medal while Germany’s Julian Weber took the bronze after throwing 89.08m in his fifth attempt.
Neeraj had taken part in 3 Diamond League meets in 2017 and 4 in 2018 and had finished 4th twice. The meet in the Swedish capital was his biggest event ahead of the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games in july. The prestigious one-day meet at the Swedish capital is Chopra’s biggest event ahead of the World Championships in Eugene, USA, next month. Chopra is the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics at the Olympics.
Chopra had said in recent media interactions that he would not put himself under pressure with the thought of throwing beyond 90m and would look to build up gradually to peak during the July 15-24 World Championships in Eugene, USA.
Earlier, Chopra had said: “I am pleased with my performance. It was my first event of the season, so I am happy to have started the season on a high note. My performance here has boosted my confidence significantly,” Neeraj said when asked about his performance. Going forward I am looking to work on my technique, throw, and overall performance. I am in a happy place at the moment and I just want to do well in the upcoming events,” he added.