Neeraj Chopra, India’s Olympic champion and reigning World Championships gold medalist, secured the second spot at the Diamond League finals in Eugene, Oregon, with a throw of 83.80 meters.
The Diamond League Finals competition took place on a day marked by challenging weather conditions, with temperatures at 25 degrees Celsius and 45 percent humidity. Chopra’s performance fell just short of his personal best, and the elusive 85-meter mark remained untouched by all competitors.
Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic clinched the Diamond League championship for the third time with a best throw of 84.24 meters.
Neeraj Chopra‘s series of throws included two fouls, with his best effort coming in the second throw, followed by measurements of 81.37m, foul, 80.74m, and 80.90m.
Despite the second-place finish, Neeraj Chopra remained optimistic about his influence on Indian track and field. He stated, “After the Olympic gold, they also believe that we can also win. I was there in Budapest (for World Championships), I won gold there, and it will also change something in Indian Athletics.”
Chopra, who previously secured victories in two individual Diamond League meetings (Doha and Lausanne) before his historic gold at the World Championships, now sets his sights on the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. “I still have one more competition, Asian Games in China,” he affirmed.
“It our mind is ready, the body will be ready for the competition” Neeraj Chopra
Speaking about his mindset in big competitions, Chopra emphasized, “In big competition, I think it’s always about mindset; in big competition, we don’t need to prepare yourself. When we enter the stadium, our mind is ready and the body will be ready for the competition. I really like to compete with these guys; all are good friends, and we’re all competing in a very good way.”
Jakub Vadlejch, who had previously won a bronze medal at the World Championships in August and silver in the Tokyo Olympics behind Chopra, expressed the challenges of competing against the Indian javelin sensation. “It’s always tough competing with Neeraj, but victory is for me very valuable. I’m still dreaming. I felt very well. Actually, one throw I had over 85 meters, over 86, but it was a centimeter false. It was very good. It’s very difficult, especially in my age, I’m almost 33 years old, so it’s difficult, but javelin throw is my life, so I love it,” said the Czech athlete.
The Diamond League final showcased the fierce competition and the unwavering dedication of these athletes, leaving fans eagerly anticipating their future performances on the global stage.