Neeraj Chopra Creates History, Becomes First Indian To Win Diamond League Trophy With Javelin Gold In Grand Final

Neeraj Chopra Creates History, Becomes First Indian To Win Diamond League Trophy With Javelin Gold In Grand Final

Diamond League Finals: Olympic gold medalist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra scripted history by becoming the 1st Indian to win the prestigious Diamond League Finals title in Zurich.

Key Highlights:

  • He won the prestigious Diamond League Finals in Zurich by securing Gold Medal with a throw of 88.44 metres.
  • The 24-year Gold Medallist finished ahead of Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch and Germany's Julian Webber.
  • Olympic silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic finished second with a best throw of 86.94m which he registered in his fourth attempt.
  • Julian Weber of Germany was third with a best of 83.73m.
  • The fact that his three throws in the Diamond League Final were superior to those of the other competitors can be used to measure his dominance on the field.
  • He began with a foul but jumped to the top spot with a throw of 88.44m in his second attempt, and that turned out to be his winning effort.
  • He had 88.00m, 86.11m, 87.00m and 83.60m in his next four throws.
  • India’s ace javelin thrower was presented with a Diamond Trophy along with USD 30,000 prize money.
  • His victory also earned him a wildcard entry at the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Achievement:

  • Neeraj Chopra, just in 13 months’ time is now the Olympic gold medallist, World Championships silver medallist and Diamond League champion.
  • He had won the Olympic gold on August 7 last year in Tokyo.
  • He holds the national record of 89.94m, which he achieved this season.

Diamond League:

  • The Diamond League Finals can be considered as the most prestigious competition outside of Olympics and World Championships.
  • The league comprises 32 Diamond Disciplines, which athletes complete in a championship model.
  • Athletes have to earn points at the 13-series meet to qualify for the finals in their respective disciplines.
  • The winner of each Diamond Discipline at the Final will be crowned 'Diamond League Champion'.