Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra ranking first in the Diamond League series championship became the first Indian athlete to win it on Thursday, September 8.
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With a throw of 88.44 metres, the 24-year-old Tokyo Olympic champion took the top spot in the competition. He opened with a fantastic throw, which ultimately proved to be the Neeraj Chopra winning throw. In July, he took silver in the World Championships in the USA.
A few days before the latest Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Chopra injured his shoulder and could not participate. He had three valid throws and passed his third and fifth attempts (85.18 in the second and 80.04 in the sixth).
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Neeraj Chopra won the U-16 national championship by the year’s end. At the Youth Olympics Qualification in Bangkok in 2014, he took the first-ever international medal (silver). He won his first medal in a senior national championship in 2015 in the Inter-State competition in Chennai with a throw of 77.33 metres.
After a few months, he won gold at the National Open Championship in Kolkata. Neeraj Chopra achieved success in 2016 when he won the gold medal at the South Asian Games in Guwahati with a throw of 82.23 metres.
In 2018, he threw a personal best of 87.43 metres at the Diamond League in Doha and won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games with a season-best effort of 86.47 metres. Neeraj won the Asian Games gold on August 27 with a throw of 88.06 metres.
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His consistent throwing has allowed him to achieve throws of 88 metres or longer six times this season. In He set a new national record when he cleared 89.94 metres.
It was Chopra’s third appearance at the Diamond League Finals. During 2017 and 2018, he placed eighth and fourth. A wild card for the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, and a Diamond Trophy, USD 30,000 in prize money, were also given to Chopra. He secured a berth in the World Championships due to the fact that his winning throw was in the Lausanne leg.
The 32 Diamond Disciplines make up the Diamond League, which is set up like a championship. Competitors gather points at the 13-series competition to advance to the final of their different disciplines. Chopra completed a remarkable recovery from a one-month injury layoff on August 26 by winning the Lausanne leg of the Diamond League series to qualify for these Finals. Chopra intentionally fouled on his first throw, but on his second attempt, he surged to the top rank with a throw of 88.44 metres, which was his fourth career best and proved to be the winning throw. In the following throws, he covered 88.00 meters, 86.11 meters, 87.00 meters, and 83.60 meters.
After competing in the World Championships in the USA in July, he suffered a minor groin injury that kept him out of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games. As the first Indian, Neeraj Chopra ranking first to win the Diamond League title and the silver medallist in the World Championships and Olympic championships, all these he had achieved in just 13 months. Tokyo’s Olympic gold medal was awarded to him on August 7 of the previous year.