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India’s Neeraj Chopra produced an impressive throw of 85.71m to finish second behind Jakub Wadlejch in the javelin throw event.


Just a week after clinching the coveted title of world champion, India’s Neeraj Chopra on Friday once again displayed his remarkable talent by finishing second in the men’s javelin throw event at the Zurich Diamond League 2023 in Switzerland.

Neeraj Chopra’s most exceptional effort during the event saw a remarkable 85.71m and this remarkable feat was achieved in his final throw. Leading the group was Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic, who won with a distance of 85.86 metres. Notable is Neeraj Chopra’s personal best of 89.94 m in the javelin throw, a feat that stands as a national record.

The result also marked the end of Neeraj Chopra’s streak of consecutive wins in the 2023 season. Prior to this event in Zurich, the Indian javelin maestro had triumphed at the Diamond League events held in Doha and Lausanne, followed by a resounding victory at the World Athletics Championships held in Budapest.

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Offering his thoughts on the achievement, Neeraj Chopra said, “I am currently experiencing a strong sense of satisfaction. Noting that everyone is inevitably tired after the intense competitions at the World Championships, where we Tried my best, my primary focus on this particular competition was to maintain my physical health. Looking ahead, our focus is on Eugene (Diamond League Final) and after that, the Asian Games.”

The Indian athlete further added, “In my case, the primary objective was to safeguard my well-being and invest my full potential in the upcoming competitions. Sometimes, it is important to prepare ourselves according to the response our body provides. . At present, I feel quite satisfied having achieved optimal physical condition. Still, I take precautions to avoid excessive stress. On some occasions, our most important goal is to maintain our well-being. As a result, I Gave our utmost dedication giving priority to the protection of health.”

Competing amid clear evening skies at the Letzigrund Stadium – a venue that witnessed his triumph as the Diamond League champion in 2022 – Neeraj Chopra began the competition with an opening throw of 80.79m.

After instances of fouls during his second and third attempts, Neeraj Chopra overcame the challenge by registering an admirable distance of 85.22m during his fourth attempt, which moved him up to second place, behind Jakub Wadlejch , who recorded an impressive distance of 85.86 meters with his. fourth throw.

While Neeraj Chopra suffered another foul during his fifth attempt, he eventually made it to a thrilling sixth round encounter, competing against Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Jakob Wadledge and defending European champion Julian Weber of Germany.

In a turn of events marked by a foul committed by Wadlejch, Neeraj Chopra took advantage of the moment and threw a distance of 85.71 m, just 0.15 m off Wadlejch’s leading mark. In a remarkable performance, Julian Weber made a commendable throw of 84.92 metres.

Notable data about Neeraj Chopra’s achievements in Zurich Diamond League 2023: 80.79m, no mark, no mark, 85.22m, no mark, 85.71m

Athletes participating in the Diamond League series earn points instead of traditional medals for their participation in each stage of the tournament. As the series concludes, the top six performers in each event will qualify for the Diamond League Finals in Eugene in September.

It would be fair to admit that Neeraj Chopra had already cemented his position in the finals before the Zurich event. Following are the results of men’s javelin throw at Zurich Diamond League 2023:

Zurich Diamond League 2023 men’s javelin throw results
PositionAthleteBest Throw
1Jakub Vadlejch (CZE)85.86m
2Neeraj Chopra (IND)85.71m
3Julian Weber (GER)85.04m
4Oliver Helander (FIN)83.65m
5Edis Matusevicius (LTU)81.62m
6Anderson Peters (GRN)81.01m
7Roderick Genki Dean (JPN)79.93m
8Andrian Mardare (MDA)79.13m
9Dawid Wegner (POL)77.66m
10Timothy Herman (BEL)76.24m

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