Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, New Delhi
Published by: swapnil shashank
Updated Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:38 PM IST
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Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra will look to clinch his maiden medal in the Diamond League here on Thursday. The 24-year-old javelin thrower Neeraj finished second with a national record of 89.30m in his first tournament of the year, the Pavo Nurmi Games. He finished first in the Cuartane Games with a throw of 86.60m.
Neeraj Chopra will be participating for the first time in the Diamond League meet after finishing fourth in Zurich in August 2018. In 2018, he had thrown the javelin up to 85.73 metres. Neeraj has participated in seven Diamond Leagues but is yet to win a medal.
The Diamond League being held in the Swedish capital is a big competition for Neeraj ahead of the World Championships to be held in the US next month. Those players will also participate in this competition, leaving behind whom Neeraj won the gold medal of Tokyo Olympics. Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Jakob Vadlech of the Czech Republic and bronze medalist Vitejslava Vesli will take part in the Diamond League.
Vadlech Pavo Nurmi finished sixth at the Games with a throw of 83.91m. Indian high jumper Murali Shankar was also supposed to participate in the Diamond League but his visa has been kept at the US Embassy in Delhi for next month’s World Championships.