On Thursday, India's Neeraj Chopra made history by winning the men's javelin throw competition in the Diamond League. On his second attempt, he recorded the greatest throw of 88.44 metres. This is the first time an Indian has triumphed in the javelin throw competition of the Diamond League. In the Lausanne leg of the Diamond League series, when he had the best throw of 89.08m to secure the top spot, Chopra, who had been a month-long injury layoff, had begun as the favourite in the finals of the 2022 edition.
Chopra, who earned a silver medal at the World Championships in July, had to skip the 2022 Commonwealth Games due to an injury.
Chopra didn't get off to a good start in the Diamond League Finals since he made a foul on his first throw. Jakub Valdejch of the Czech Republic had the greatest throw, going 84.15 metres in his first try before improving to 86 metres in his second. Chopra, who was last on the list to attempt, however, produced an incredible turnaround to achieve 88.44m and move up from sixth to first.
Following it up with another powerful 88-meter throw in the competition, the 24-year-old Indian star tied for second place overall after three attempts.
Despite throwing 86.94m, which was his best throw of the competition, in his fourth attempt, Valdejch was unable to surpass India's Olympic champion, who threw 86.11m and 87m in his fourth and fifth attempts, respectively. Chopra eventually put an end to the contest with a throw of 83.60 metres.