G24 Hour Digital Bureau: After winning gold at the Tokyo Olympics, silver at the World Athletics Championship. And this time Neeraj Chopra won gold in Diamond League as the first Indian (India) after recovering from injury. Suffered a groin injury while playing at the World Athletics Championships. As a result, he was forced to withdraw his name from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022. However, this time after recovering from the injury, the ‘golden boy’ made history by taking javelin. And after winning gold, the Olympic gold-winning athlete thanked his uncle and all his family members.
Neeraj wrote on Twitter, ‘Finally got success in 2022. It’s a great feeling after winning gold in the Diamond League for the first time. The atmosphere in the stadium was great. My cousins and friends enjoyed every moment. Thank you so much for all the love and support.’
At the Letzigrand Stadium in Zurich, Neeraj started well with a foul, but on his second attempt Neeraj sent his javelin 88.44m (4th career best). This throw brought Neeraj the dream title. In the next four attempts, Neeraj threw his javelin at distances of 88.00m, 86.11m, 87.00m and 83.60m respectively. Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlez, who won Olympic silver in the Diamond League final, finished second with a throw of 86.94m and Germany’s Julian Weber finished third with a throw of 83.73m.
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Neeraj returned to the track after a long month of injury problems. A week ago, Neeraj was surprised when he landed in Lausanne of the Diamond League. He took the top spot with a javelin throw of 89.08m. Became the first Indian to win the meet title. Neeraj explained that this time he will return by writing history. In 2017 and 2018, Neeraj qualified for the finals of the event but finished seventh and fourth. Neeraj fulfilled his elusive dream by winning the title this time.
After withdrawing from the Commonwealth, Neeraj recovered from injury in this Diamond League meet. Abhinav Bindra won gold in shooting at Beijing Olympics in 2008. Neeraj threw javelin and brought gold to the country in Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj’s ‘golden’ spear is now in the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. This particular museum houses Neeraj’s javelin. Neeraj himself handed over his javelin to the museum authorities a few days ago. And Neeraj wrote history in the country of those Swiss.
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