Neeraj Chopra Finishes First At 2023 Doha Diamond League With 88.67m Throw


Neeraj Chopra in motion© AFP

Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra started his Diamond League title defence with a snug win within the season-opening leg right here on Friday, with a world main and fourth career-best effort. The 25-year-old Chopra, who had pocketed the 2022 Diamond League Ultimate trophy in Switzerland in September final, beat a star-studded discipline with a finest throw of 88.67m to start his season in type. Chopra hit his straps in his first try itself with a world-leading throw of 88.67m, which was his fourth career-best effort to place himself on the highest of the pile. He maintained the lead until the top to win the occasion in his second look on the Qatar Sports activities Membership.

He had completed fourth in his first look right here in 2018.

Silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic went agonisingly near Chopra’s finest mark with a second spherical throw of 88.63m, 4 centimeter wanting the Indian’s effort.

Vadlejch had additionally gained silver within the Tokyo Olympics. He had additionally gained a silver within the Doha Diamond League final yr with a 90.88m throw.

Reigning world champion Anderson Peters, who had gained the occasion right here final yr with a monster throw of 93.07m, completed third with a modest finest throw of 85.88m.

Chopra, who has a private better of 89.94m, couldn’t maintain the tempo of his first try as he may solely ship the spear to 86.04m after which to 85.47m earlier than fouling his throw within the fourth. He managed 84.37m and 85.62m in his fifth and sixth makes an attempt.

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