Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra maintained his outstanding form on Friday by winning the renowned one-day meeting series in Lausanne Diamond League 2023 after returning from a one-month injury layoff. This was Chopra’s second straight victory of the season. Neeraj won the men’s javelin competition with an amazing throw of 87.66 metres in the fifth round. He outperformed Julian Weber, the European Champion, and Jakub Vadlejch, the World Champion, who both achieved distances of 86.13 metres and 87.03 metres, respectively.
India’s Murali Sreeshankar placed fifth in the men’s long jump with a below-par of 7.88m that he made in the third round. The young guns like 24-year-old Sreeshankar, who successfully placed third in the Paris leg of the Diamond League on June 9 for his first podium result, earlier this month threw a career-best 8.41m at the National Inter-State Championships in Bhubaneswar.
Highlights of the Game
Neeraj’s initial attempt, which was ruled to be ineffective, appeared a touch rusty. Julian Webber of Germany seized the lead with a throw of 86.20 metres.
Neeraj was not even among the top three competitors at the end of round one. Neeraj’s second throw, which he made, was 83.52 metres. At the conclusion of round two, Julian was still in the lead, though. Neeraj improved his position, moving up to third place.
The third try for Neeraj measured 85.02 m. He rose to number two with this toss. He was ranked second at the conclusion of round three. With an 86.20 m throw, Julian was still in the lead.
The fourth attempt by the Indian was ruled illegitimate. However, Neeraj was still ranked second at the conclusion of round four.
In the fifth attempt, Neeraj’s ‘golden arm’ worked its magic to produce a throw of 87.66 m. He ascended to the top spot as a result. Neeraj’s final throw, his sixth attempt, was 84.15 metres.
With a best throw of 87.03 metres, Julian dropped to second place, giving Neeraj the victory. Jakub Vadlech of the Czech Republic came in third with a throw of 86.13 metres.
Quick Overview of Neeraj Chopra’s Biography
Javelin throw is a sport in which Neeraj Chopra, an athlete from India, competes. Neeraj Chopra, the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field, was born on December 24, 1997, in the town of Khandra in the Indian state of Haryana.
Neeraj’s path to greatness began when he first displayed promising physical ability at a young age. He rose to fame in 2016 after winning the gold medal at the IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. His throw of 86.48 metres set a new junior world record.
His turning point occurred during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were postponed because to the COVID-19 epidemic and staged in 2021 instead.
Neeraj Chopra’s accomplishment earned him numerous accolades and recognition. He received awards such as the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sporting honour, and the Arjuna Award for his outstanding contributions to Indian athletics.