- Diamond League Finals title expected from Neeraj Chopra
- Chopra may become the first Indian to win the Diamond League Finals title
- Neeraj Chopra’s strong comeback after injury
Neeraj Chopra: India’s champion javelin throw athlete Neeraj Chopra is on the threshold of creating history. Olympic champion Chopra has his eyes set on the Diamond League title. He is set to debut as a strong title contender at the Diamond League Finals in Zurich on Thursday. Although this match will not be easy for the 24-year-old Indian athlete, but his ability and achievements show that he can become the first Indian to win this title.
Chopra’s spectacular comeback after injury
Neeraj Chopra, who missed the 2022 Commonwealth Games due to injury, was out for a month and made a spectacular comeback to qualify for the finals on 26 July by winning the Lausanne stage of the Diamond League series. He clinched the title with a throw of 89.08m in his first attempt at Lausanne. Here he made the third best throw of his career.
Chopra expected to win Diamond League Finals title
The superstar Indian athlete had qualified for the finals in 2017 and 2018 as well but finished seventh and fourth. The good news is that of the 6 javelin throwers in the finals, World Champion Anderson Peters of Grenada will not be due to injury. Chopra’s biggest competitor, Czech Republic’s Olympic silver medalist Yakub Vadlej, will be present here.
Neeraj Chopra in great form
Chopra had won in Lausanne by defeating javelin thrower Valdez 85.88 meters away. But he has thrown above 90 meters this season and has topped the Zurich finals with 27 points. At the same time, the Indian player qualified at the fourth position with 15 points. The top 6 athletes in the Diamond League table have qualified for the Zurich Finals.
Chopra and Valdez have faced each other four times this season and the Indian athlete has won every occasion. Chopra finished second at the Pavo Nurmi Games on June 14 and the Stockholm Diamond League on June 30, while Vadledge finished sixth and fourth. Chopra won silver at the World Championships in Eugene while Vadledge won the bronze medal. But the Haryana athlete has to be wary of the 33-year-old veteran as he was the winner of Diamond League Finals in 2016 and 2017.
The winner of each competition in the Diamond League Finals will receive a trophy, $30,000 in prize money and a wild card for the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.