Zurich Diamond League 2023 | Neeraj Chopra Clinches Second Place in Zurich Diamond League

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale  - Senior Editor
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Fresh from his remarkable gold medal victory at the World Athletics Championships, Neeraj Chopra secured the second position in the Zurich Diamond League event with an impressive throw of 85.71 meters.

Neeraj Chopra’s Performance in Zurich Diamond League 2023

Neeraj Chopra began the competition with a throw of 80.79 meters in his initial attempt. Unfortunately, he fouled in his second and third attempts, temporarily slipping to the fifth position. Julian Weber from Germany took the lead during this time.

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However, Neeraj Chopra made a strong comeback with a spectacular throw of 85.22 meters in his fourth attempt, moving him to the second spot behind the leader, Jakub Vadlejch. Despite another foul in his fifth attempt, Chopra maintained his second-place position. In his final attempt, he unleashed a throw of 85.71 meters, coming close to surpassing Vadlejch’s best attempt of 85.86 meters.

Neeraj Chopra’s Recent Success

At the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Neeraj Chopra made history by becoming the first Indian to claim a gold medal in the men’s javelin event. His best throw of 88.17 meters secured his victory in the final.

Chopra’s journey to the final was equally impressive, as he qualified with his very first throw, covering a distance of 88.77 meters. He outperformed a field of world-class competitors to clinch the gold and also earned a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics through his qualifying round performance.

Prior to his gold-winning achievement in 2023, Neeraj Chopra had already made waves by securing a historic silver medal at the 2022 Oregon World Championships. This marked India’s second medal at the World Athletics Championships, following long-jumper Anju Bobby George’s bronze in 2003. Chopra’s consistently outstanding performances continue to make the nation proud.

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