The Indian javelin thrower has now given himself a diamond after winning a gold at the Tokyo Olympics and a silver at the World Championships. On Thursday, he made history by becoming the first Indian to ever win the prestigious Diamond League trophy, an elite athletics competition. He did this by recording his career’s best throw of 88.44 metres on his second attempt.
Neeraj’s performance didn’t get off to the best of starts when he started with a foul throw, but he quickly pulled ahead of the competition, taking the top spot on the list with a fantastic second-attempt throw of 88.44 metres, which was still his fourth career-best attempt, and it ultimately proved to be the Indian’s winning effort. His subsequent attempts were 88.00m, 86.11m, 87.00m, and 83.60m. Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic, an Olympic silver medalist, came in second with his best throw of 86.94 metres, which he recorded in his fourth throw. German Julian Weber came in third with his best effort of 83.73m.
Another dominant performance from the Indian, this time in the Diamond League Final, Neeraj’s three throws were superior to those of the rest of the field. The 24-year-old Indian superstar is currently the Diamond League champion, the silver medalist from the World Championships, and the Olympic champion. He had completed all of these in just 13 months. On August 7 of last year, he won the Olympic gold in Tokyo. This season, he has produced throws of 88 metres or longer six times, demonstrating his consistency. He set a new national record this year, clearing 89.94 metres.Chopra also concluded his international season with a performance that wrote history.
By Subhechcha Ganguly