Neeraj Chopra almost misses the 90m mark in the Stockholm Diamond League Meet, but he improves his own personal best.
Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold medal at the Olympics, put on yet another outstanding performance to place second in a Diamond League competition in Stockholm.
Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra put on yet another outstanding performance to place second at the Stockholm Diamond League competition. Neeraj Chopra finished in the top three for the first time ever at a Diamond League competition. The defending Olympic champion from Tokyo had things going well by throwing 89.94 meters on his first try. No Indian javelin thrower had ever come this near to the 90-meter mark before the throw, which was agonizingly close. The Indian athlete did, however, surpass his previous national mark of 89.30m, which he had set on June 14 in Turku, Finland, when placing second in the Paavo Nurmi Games.
Neeraj Chopra’s incredible 89.94-meter throw at the Diamond League competition in Stockholm is worth watching.
— Inspire Institute of Sport (@IIS_Vijayanagar) June 30, 2022
Neeraj Chopra had a great start, but he was unable to increase the distance of his first try. His other throws included lengths of 84,37, 87,46, 84,77, 86,67, and 86,84 meters.
Grenada’s Anderson Peters, the reigning world champion, claimed first place with a best throw of 90.31 meters, which he accomplished on his third try.
“I feel excellent today, and after my first throw, I believed I could throw even more than 90 meters today. But it’s okay because I still have competitions this year, Neeraj Chopra stated following the event.
“I can throw it this year because I am almost 90 meters presently. Even though I lost tonight, I still feel great knowing that I gave it my all.
With a fifth-round throw of 89.08 meters, German competitor Julian Weber came in third. Olympic silver medalist from Tokyo Jakub Vadlejch (88.59 meters) came in fourth.
Vitezslav Vesely, a third Czech athlete and bronze medalist in the Tokyo Olympics, finished seventh in the eight-man competition with 82.57m.
After discus thrower Vikas Gowda, Neeraj Chopra is the only other Indian to place in the top three at a Diamond League competition.
Gowda, a gold medalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games who retired in 2017, achieved four career top-three finishes in Diamond League competitions. In New York in 2012, Doha in 2014, and Shanghai and Eugene in 2015, he had placed second and third, respectively.
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