Neeraj Chopra nearly fails to cross the 90-meter line at the Stockholm Diamond League Meet, but he surpasses his previous record.
Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra turned in yet another brilliant effort to finish second in a Diamond League contest in Stockholm.
Neeraj Chopra, an Olympic gold medalist, performed superbly once more to finish second in the Stockholm Diamond League competition. For the first time at a Diamond League match, Neeraj Chopra placed in the top three. With a first-round throw of 89.94 meters, the reigning Olympic champion from Tokyo was on track. Before the agonizingly close throw, no Indian javelin thrower had ever come this close to the 90-meter threshold. However, the Indian athlete beat his previous record, which he had established on June 14 in Turku, Finland, when he finished second in the Paavo Nurmi Games, which was 89.30m.
Watch Neeraj Chopra’s amazing 89.94-meter throw from the Diamond League match in Stockholm.
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Neeraj Chopra got off to a terrific start but was unable to extend the range of his initial attempt. He also made throws that measured 84,37, 87,46, 84,77, 86,67, and 86,84 meters in length.
Anderson Peters of Grenada, the current world champion, won the event with a best throw of 90.31 meters on his third attempt.
I felt great today and thought I could throw even farther than 90 meters after my first toss. But it’s okay, Neeraj Chopra said after the event, because I still have competitions this year.
“I can throw it this year because I am now close to 90 meters. I still feel wonderful knowing that I gave it my all, even though I lost tonight.
German competitor Julian Weber finished third with a fifth-round throw of 89.08 meters. Tokyo native and Olympic silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch finished fourth (88.59 meters).
Third Czech competitor and bronze medallist in Tokyo, Vitezslav Vesely, placed seventh in the eight-man competition with 82.57m.
Neeraj Chopra is the only other Indian to finish in the top three at a Diamond League tournament, following discus thrower Vikas Gowda.
Gowda, a 2017 retiree who won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finished in the top three-four times throughout his Diamond League career. He has finished second and third in New York in 2012, Doha in 2014, Shanghai and Eugene in 2015, and so on.