Neeraj Chopra Takes Second Place in Diamond League but Eyes Asian Games Triumph


Neeraj Chopra Takes Second Place in Diamond League but Eyes Asian Games Triumph

Diamond Leagu, Eyes Asian Games Triumph, Olympics

Eugene, Oregon – Neeraj Chopra, India’s Olympic and world champion in javelin throw, faced a rare setback at the prestigious Diamond League event in Eugene on Saturday. Although he couldn’t retain his Diamond League title, the star athlete displayed his sportsmanship and resilience, securing a second-place finish behind Czech thrower Jakub Vadlejch.

Vadlejch asserted his dominance early in the competition, seizing the lead with an impressive throw of 84.24 meters. Despite a valiant effort, Neeraj Chopra’s best attempt of 83.80 meters came in the second round, which couldn’t surpass Vadlejch’s remarkable performance.

For Neeraj Chopra, known for setting high standards for himself, a second-place finish might feel like a disappointment. However, his remarkable achievements have made such expectations the norm. Despite missing out on the top spot, Neeraj will take home a second-place prize of approximately Rs 10 lakh.

The two-time world champion, Anderson Peters from Grenada, failed to live up to his potential at the event. With a personal best of 93.07 meters, Peters struggled to cross the 75-meter mark at the iconic Hayward Field track and field stadium in Eugene.

Neeraj Chopra’s journey to the Diamond League final featured notable successes, including first-place finishes in two individual Diamond League meetings – Doha on May 5 and Lausanne on June 30. He secured second place at the Zurich meet on August 31, where Vadlejch emerged as the winner. Furthermore, he achieved an unprecedented gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, surpassing his silver medal performance from the previous year.


Despite the setback in Eugene, Neeraj Chopra’s season is far from over. He is now gearing up for the Asian Games in Hangzhou, where he will face his friendly rival, Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan. This competition offers Neeraj another opportunity to showcase his remarkable talent and continue his quest for excellence.

Throughout the current season, the reigning Olympic and world champion has recorded a season’s best throw of 88.77 meters, closely approaching his personal best of 89.94 meters – a tantalizing distance just shy of the coveted 90-meter mark.

Neeraj Chopra’s unwavering dedication and remarkable achievements have solidified his status as one of India’s most celebrated athletes. While his Diamond League performance might be seen as a temporary setback, the champion remains focused on his goals, including the upcoming Asian Games, where he hopes to add another gold medal to his illustrious collection.


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