“It felt amazing” – Neeraj Chopra makes first top three win at Diamond League

Neeraj Chopra clinched his spot at the Diamond League Meeting.

Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra

Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra clinched his first top-three finish at the prestigious Diamond League Meeting with a new national record but missed the 90m marking by a whisker. The 24-year-old opened with a stunning throw of 89.94, one of his best. His other throws measured at 84.37, 87.46, 84.77, 86.67, and 86.84m. Chopra managed to better his own national record of 89.30m from the Paavo Nurmi Games.

World champion and season leader Anderson Peters of Grenada won the competition with a best throw of 90.31m and Julian Weber of Germany was third with a fifth-round throw of 89.08m. Neeraj’s first throw had raised hopes of him becoming the first Indian to win a Diamond League event. Nonetheless, he has become the second Indian ever to finish in the top three in a Diamond League competition after discus thrower Vikas Gowda.

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“Put up a great show” – Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra

Chopra tweeted about his experience at the event, saying, “It felt amazing to be back on the Diamond League circuit and even better to get a new PB!. All the throwers put up a great show tonight for the crowd in Stockholm”. Tweeting about his next event, Chopra said, “Next stop, representing India at the World Championships in Eugene”.

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“The only thing I had in my mind was to play well and put in my best effort, that’s all,” Chopra said. “The first throw was very nice, just that I missed the 90m mark. Initially, I thought I had done 900m mark, but it was not meant to be. But since it’s my best throw, the feeling was really nice”. Chopra also spoke about expectations at the upcoming Worlds.

“There is no such pressure that we have just won medals at the Worlds. I will put in my best effort, this is my job and this is what I am going to do. I haven’t thought anything other than that Right now, there is no pressure whatsoever. But it all depends on what mindset I have in Oregon on the day of the competition,” Chopra added.

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