September 9, 2022, 11:51 am
Did not play in Commonwealth Games due to groin injury However, after recovering from the injury, Neeraj Chopra made it to the finals of the Diamond League meet held in Lausanne. And the Indian star set a precedent by winning the mega final. This time he wrote another achievement As the first Indian athlete to win the Diamond League trophy, he made history as the “golden boy”.
Neeraj Chopra was out of action for almost a month due to injury. After that, he showed what “comeback” is called! He suffered the injury en route to winning silver at the World Championships in America in July. After that, he did not make it to the Commonwealth Games, but he came back in a great way in the preliminary phase of the Diamond League. He threw 89.08 meters in the first throw in the Lausanne phase of the Diamond League series. And after winning in Lausanne, Neeraj qualified for the two-day final in Zurich. He also won the Stockholm Diamond League before that. This time he won the Diamond League trophy with a great performance in Zurich.
Neeraj didn’t get off to a good start in Thursday’s final. His throw was fouled on the first attempt. However, in the second attempt, Neeraj threw the javelin at a distance of 88.44 meters Which is the fourth best throw of his career. And with this throw, India’s “Golden Boy” left the rest of the contestants behind. Neeraj then threw the javelin at a distance of 88.00 meters in the third attempt, 86.11 meters in the fourth attempt, 87.00 meters in the fifth attempt and 83.60 meters in the sixth attempt. However, courtesy of the second throw, the trophy went to Neeraj. No one else could top him.
Olympic silver medalist Yakub Vadlei of Czech Republic finished second behind Neeraj. In his fourth attempt, he threw the javelin at a distance of 86.94 meters and secured second place. Germany’s Julian Weber was third. His best throw is 83.73 meters.
Meanwhile, Neeraj won the Diamond League along with a trophy and a prize money of USD 30,000 (around Rs. 24 lakhs). He also got a wild card for the 2023 World Athletics Championships. It can be said that Neeraj’s time is going well after winning gold in last year’s Tokyo Olympics.
However, he had already qualified for next year’s World Championships by throwing the javelin over 85.20 meters in Lausanne. India’s golden boy won the silver medal at the World Athletics Championships this year. He will come down with the goal of gold next year.