Neeraj Chopra- The First Indian to win Diamond League Title
On Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, Neeraj Chopra from India competes in the Javelin Throw Men at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League international athletics held in the Stade Olympique de la Pontaise in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The 24-year-old javelin thrower who won the silver at the World Championships in the USA last month — also a first for the country — opened with an impressive 89.08m and that turned out to be the winning throw in the end.
Chopra’s first attempt of 89.09 metres, his third-best throw ever, earned him 8 points for finishing first.
The victory also helped Neeraj Chopra to qualify for the Diamond League finals in Zurich next month.
“I had to skip Commonwealth Games due to injury and I was a bit nervous. Tonight has given me a lot of confidence to finish the season on a high, with a strong performance in Zurich DL Final.”
Chopra competed in the Diamond League for the first time in almost four years at the Stockholm event in June. Then, the world champion Anderson Peters defeated the Olympic champion. He had never previously placed in the top three in a Diamond League competition.
Chopra also qualified for the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary by breaching the 85.20m qualifying mark.