Neeraj Chopra makes history

Neeraj Chopra made athletics history in Lausanne on August 26, 2022 becoming the first Indian to win a Diamond League event.

The 24-year-old javelin thrower who won the silver at the World Championships in the USA last month opened with an impressive 89.08m and that turned out to be the winning throw in the end.

The victory also helped Chopra to qualify for the Diamond League finals in Zurich next month. Chopra, who skipped the recent Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with an injury, had three valid throws (85.18 in second and 80.04 in sixth) in the event after passing his third and fifth attempts.

“I am delighted with my result tonight. 89m is a great performance. I am specially pleased as I am coming back from an injury and tonight was a good indicator that I have recovered well,” Chopra said after the event.

“I had to skip Commonwealth Games due to injury and I was a bit nervous.  Tonight has given me a lot of confidence to finish the season on a high, with a strong performance in Zurich DL Final.”