Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Friday achieved another historic feat. Neeraj Chopra has become the first Indian to win the Lausanne Diamond League 2022. Neeraj Chopra won the Lausanne Diamond League with his first throw of 89.08m.
Recently, Neeraj had given India a silver medal in the World Athletics Championships. He became only the second athlete after Anju Bobby George (2003) to do so. In the final, Neeraj had thrown javelin to a distance of 88.13 meters and won the silver medal.
Neeraj Chopra suffered an injury during the javelin final at the World Athletics Championships that did not take place in the Commonwealth Games . In the final, Neeraj was also seen wrapping a bandage on his thigh. Now due to the same injury, Neeraj could not take part in the Commonwealth Games. Neeraj, who won the gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, could not participate in 2022 due to injury. Neeraj Chopra, a resident of Khandara village near Panipat in Haryana has become the first Indian to win the Diamond League crown
Before Chopra, discus thrower Vikas Gowda is the only Indian to finish in the top three in the Diamond League meet. Gowda had finished twice in 2012 in New York and second in Doha in 2014 and Shanghai and Eugene on two occasions in 2015.
Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Jakob Wadlejsch finished second with a best throw of 85.88m, while USA's Curtis Thompson finished third with a best effort of 83.72m.
Chopra also qualified for the Diamond League final in Zurich on 7 and 8 September. He also became the first Indian to do so. He also qualified for the 2023 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary by breaking the 85.20m qualifying mark.