Neeraj Chopra can’t stop writing history for India. In a span of 13 months, he became India’s first Olympic gold medalist in athletics, the first Indian to win a silver at the Athletics World Championships and now the first Indian to become a Diamond League champion. On Thursday, Chopra threw 88.44m to win the final of the Diamond League 2022 in Zurich. His winning throw came on his second attempt, and in trademark style, Neeraj was celebrating before the javelin landed.
Watch: Neeraj Chopra’s winning throw and trademark celebration in the Diamond League final
Gold turned to silver, this time he gifted a 24-carat diamond to the country
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— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) 8 September 2022
Almost a month after becoming the first Indian to win a Diamond League meet, Chopra snubbed the contest from Czech Republic’s Jakob Vadledge.
On Thursday, Neeraj dominated the field, registering three throws that could have beaten the competition on the night.
The 24-year-old’s registered throws of 88.44m, 88m and 87m were all better than Vadledge’s best effort of 86.94m.
Neeraj’s two other legal throws were 86.11m and 83.60m.
The Diamond League is the most prestigious event in athletics after the World Championships and the Olympics, and Neeraj became the first Indian to win the final.
Neeraj said, “It was a very good competition today with Jacob Wadlejch, he also threw very well. I was expecting 90 meters from me today. But it is okay, I have the diamond trophy and that was the most important thing for me. ” Victory.
Apart from an injury suffered at the World Championships in Oregon, which ruled him out of the Commonwealth Games, it has been a stellar year for the javelin ace.
He has produced 88m plus throws six times this season which shows his consistency. He holds the national record of 89.94m, which he achieved this season.
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