Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra began his Diamond League title defence with a comfortable win in the season-opening leg in Doha last night. The 25-year-old Chopra, who had pocketed the 2022 Diamond League Final trophy in Switzerland last September, beat a star-studded field with a best throw of 88.67m to begin his season in style. Chopra hit his straps in his first attempt itself with a world-leading throw of 88.67m, which was his fourth career-best effort, to position himself on the top of the pile. He maintained the lead till the end to win the event in his second appearance at the Qatar Sports Club. Czech Republic’s Vadlejch stood second, with Grenada’s Peters finishing third. With this win, Neeraj has also bagged the world lead.
Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Anurag Singh Thakur has congratulated Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for his throw of 88.67 metres at Doha Diamond League. In a tweet, Mr. Thakur said, with his thunderous throw of 88.67 metres, Neeraj Chopra dominated the Doha Diamond League and brought glory home. He said, Neeraj Chopra is a true champion who has made the nation proud again.