Eugene: Olympic and world champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra failed to defend his Diamond League final title and finished second with a mediocre performance of 83.80m here on Saturday. The 25-year-old, who won the World Championships gold medal last month, K Chopra had to struggle in the finals held at Hayward Field. Two of his attempts were fouls. His best performance of the day came in the second attempt. After fouling in the first attempt, he threw the javelin to a distance of 83.80 meters in the second attempt. His other attempts were 81.37m, foul, 80.74m and 80.90m.
The Diamond League is a 13-stage ODI competition. This is Chopra’s first performance under 85 meters in the current season. They qualified for the Diamond League Finals by finishing third. He had won the Diamond League Finals title in Zurich in 2022 with an effort of 88.44 meters. However, here, amidst temperatures below 25 degrees and 45 percent humidity, no competitor could even clear the distance of 85 meters. Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlech won his third Diamond League Finals title with an effort of 84.24 metres. He covered this distance in his sixth and final attempt. He was on top among the six players from the start with a distance of 84.01 meters in his first attempt.
Wadlec, who won bronze at the Budapest World Championships and silver at the Tokyo Olympics after falling behind Chopra, has also won Diamond League Finals titles in 2017 and 2018. Finland’s Oliver Helander finished third with a best effort of 83.74m. Two-time world champion Anderson Peters’ poor performance continued as he finished last with an effort of 74.71 metres. Wadlach received the Diamond League trophy and prize money of $32,000. Chopra received 12 thousand dollars for finishing second. When Chopra was asked about his impact on Indian athletics, he said, “After winning the gold medal in the Olympics, it gave them (Indians) confidence that they too Can win.
He said, “I was in Budapest (for the World Championships), I won the gold medal there and this will also bring some change in Indian athletics.” Chopra had finished second in the World Championships in 2022 at the same venue. The personal best performance is 89.94 meters while the season’s best performance is 88.77 meters. She had won two individual Diamond League events in Doha on May 5 and Lausanne on June 30 before winning a historic gold medal at the World Championships last month. After winning the world title in Budapest with an effort of 88.17 metres, he became only the third javelin thrower in history to capture both Olympic and World Championship titles.
Just days after winning the World Championship title, he competed at the Zurich leg of the Diamond League on August 31, where he finished second behind Wadlach. Chopra will now compete at the Hangzhou Asian Games starting this month, where he will compete in the 2018 Summer Olympics in Indonesia. “I have to compete in another competition in the form of Asian Games in China,” he said. Chopra said, “In big competitions it depends on the mentality, we have to keep ourselves No need to prepare. When we enter the stadium, our mind is ready and our body is getting ready for the competition.” On his relationship with the participants, he said, ”I love competing with these players, all are good friends. And we all compete very well.”