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Diamond League 2023 Final As It Happened: Neeraj Chopra ends second with best throw of 83.80m | Sport-others News

Diamond League 2023 Final As It Happened: Neeraj Chopra ends second with best throw of 83.80m | Sport-others News
Diamond League 2023 Final As It Happened: Neeraj Chopra ends second with best throw of 83.80m | Sport-others News

Diamond League 2023 Final Highlights: The reigning Olympic and world champion Neeraj Chopra could not improve on his season best distance of 88.77m at Eugene.

Diamond League Final 2023 Live: Neeraj Chopra finished second at the Diamond League final.

Neeraj Chopra Diamond League 2023 Final Highlights: Neeraj Chopra ended second at the Diamond League final at Eugene on Sunday with a best effort of 83.80m. Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch won the event with a best throw of 84.24m.

Chopra was the reigning Diamond League champion, but at the sunny Hayward Field on Sunday, he trailed throughout the contest to Czech Republic’s Vadlejch, who produced the contest-winning throw in his first hurl of the spear.

Hayward Field is where Chopra had won a historic silver medal in the 2022 World Athletics Championships last year. Chopra’s route to the Diamond League final had seen him finish on top in two individual Diamond League meetings — in Doha on May 5 and Lausanne on June 30 — and second at the Zurich meet on August 31 (with Vadlejch topping). He also claimed an unprecedented gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, bettering his silver medal from last year.

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Neeraj Chopra looking at Diamond League title to cap a golden season

Neeraj Chopra will be defending his Diamond League title in Eugene at the Hayward Field stadium. (PHOTO: @SAI_Media/X)

Usually, reams of praise on top athletes get written at the fag-end of their careers, but Neeraj Chopra is an exception. At 25 he has virtually won every global title possible – with the most recent being India’s first World Championship gold. But despite achieving what most athletes dream of in such a short time, Neeraj seems as hungry as ever. At the post-Worlds press conference, he summed up his mindset when he said, “Throwers don’t have a finishing line.”

“So I can push myself, it is motivation to see how many medals one can win. Winning medals does not mean we have done everything. There are so many athletes who have won multiple medals. So I will push myself much more and work harder,” he added. (Read more from our reporter Andrew Amsan)

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First published on: 16-09-2023 at 23:32 IST

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