Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra launched his Diamond League campaign in Stockholm on Thursday with a tremendous throw of 89.94 metres. The 24-year-old beat his own national mark of 89.30m, which he had established earlier this month at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku.
After a start of 89.94 metres, Chopra’s next attempts were: 84.37m, 87.46m, 84.77m and 86.67m.
Chopra eventually came from the Diamond League with a silver medal after failing to improve upon his initial effort. Peters won the gold medal, while Germany’s Julian Weber, who threw 89.08 metres in his sixth try, won the bronze.
This was Neeraj’s first Diamond League meet in almost four years.
The prestigious one-day meet at the Swedish capital is Chopra’s biggest event ahead of the World Championships in Eugene, USA, next month. He is going to lead the 22 member Indian Athletics team at world championships.
In previous media interviews, Chopra had stated that he would not put himself under pressure to throw farther than 90 metres and would instead work to progressively improve so that he could peak during the World Championships in Eugene, USA, from July 15 to 24.