Neeraj Chopra

New Delhi:

Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra on Friday became the champion of the Diamond League 2022.

He topped the final of this prestigious competition held in Zurich with a throw of 88.44 meters.

With this, he became the first Indian to win a Diamond League Final.

His achievements include gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the Diamond League trophy with gold at the Tokyo Olympics.

Chopra faced a tough competition from Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch, who threw his best of 86.94m.

Germany's Julian Weber finished third with a best throw of 83.73m.


Lap of Champions




— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) September 8, 2022

Golds,Silvers done, he gifts a 24-carat Diamond this time to the nation

Ladies & Gentlemen, salute the great #NeerajChopra for winning #DiamondLeague finals at #ZurichDL with 88.44m throw.

FIRST INDIAN🇮🇳 AGAIN🫵🏻#indianathletics


— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) September 8, 2022

Wadlejcho took the lead with his first throw with an effort of 84.15m.

Neeraj's first throw was not valid and it was not a good start for the Indian athlete.

Wadlejcho then registered an 86m throw to increase his chances, but Neeraj took the lead in his second attempt, giving him the win. 

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He threw 88 meters in his third attempt, while Wadlejcho threw a foul in this round.

Wadlejcho improved his performance in his fourth attempt with a throw of 86.94m, while Neeraj threw a throw of 86.11m.

Neeraj threw 87m in his fifth attempt, meaning he had three throws to win the final.

He finished with a throw of 83.60m, but his last attempt was just a formality.

India's first Diamond League trophy had already been secured when all its competitors had finished the final round of throws without leaving them behind. 

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