After gold in Tokyo Olympics, silver in World Championship, now India's star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has won the Diamond League final. Neeraj Chopra, 24, has become the first Indian to win the Diamond League final.
New Delhi: Neeraj Chopra always breaks record with his move, Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra has won the Diamond League Finals title. In the finals held in Zurich, Neeraj Chopra won the title with a best throw of 88.44m. Neeraj, 24, has also become the first Indian to win the Diamond League final. In the final, the Indian athlete defeated Olympic silver medalist Yakub Wadledge of Czech Republic and Julian Weber of Germany. Wadlech came second with a best throw of 86.94m and Germany’s Julian Weber (83.73) came third.
Paavo Nurmi Games: 89.30m 🥈
Kuortane Games: 86.69m🥇#StockholmDL: 89.94m🥈
World Championships: 88.13m🥈#LausanneDL: 89.08m🥇#NeerajChopra is set to end his season at the #ZurichDL, having managed a top-two finish in each of the five tournaments he has taken part in. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/iFzLhMgdiS
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Neeraj of Khandara village near Panipat in Haryana won the Lausanne League title of Diamond League on 27 August. He made it to the Diamond League Grand Final only after winning the Lausanne Leg. Earlier, he had also qualified for the finals in 2017 and 2018 and finished 7th and 4th respectively.
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Golds,Silvers done, he gifts a 24-carat Diamond 💎 this time to the nation 🇮🇳🤩
FIRST INDIAN🇮🇳 AGAIN🏻#indianathletics 🔝
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Neeraj did not have a good start in the Diamond League final held in Zurich. Neeraj’s first throw was a foul in the pressure-filled match. However, Neeraj, who returned to the field after injury, went far ahead of his opponents in the second attempt itself. He threw the javelin 88.44 meters away in the second attempt. Neeraj threw 88 meters in the third attempt, 86.11 meters in the fourth, 87 meters in the fifth and 83.60 meters in the sixth attempt.
It was Chopra’s third appearance in the Diamond League Finals. He had finished seventh and fourth respectively in 2017 and 2018. Chopra was also awarded a Diamond Trophy, $30,000 prize money and a wild card for the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.