A year after winning the India’s first medal at U-20 World Championships in athletics, Neeraj Chopra is all set to make India proud again by competing with the world’s best at Paris Diamond League on Saturday.
U-20 Javelin Throw Champion & World Record Holder is the only Indian to get an invitation for the mega-tournament where the World’s Best will be up against each other.
The 19-year-old under-20 World champion will be making his Diamond League world series debut that day and in the fray are the planet’s top three javelin throwers, including Germany’s Olympic champion Thomas Rohler, Johannes Vetter and the Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch, last year’s Diamond Trophy winner.
“From now on, I think Chopra should only do Diamond League or similar events, not the low-level Indian competitions,” said Australian Garry Calvert, who coached the Indian to the under-20 Worlds gold in Poland last year, to The Hindu from Beijing on Wednesday.
“But Paris is not usually a long throwing venue. Some venues produce flat distances. I would like to see him in Ostrava (Czech Republic), it has a real hot field.”
The javelin throw event at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet, the IAAF World Challenge series meet, begins late on Wednesday.
Garry continued, “From now to the Worlds, I would like to see Chopra doing the Diamond League, the Asian Championships (in Bhubaneswar, from July 6), and one or two more competitions before having two weeks before the Worlds,” said Calvert.
“Last year, I had Chopra compete for three weeks straight and then two weeks of no competition.”
Neeraj will also participate in Asian Athletics Championship to begin from next month but Diamond League will be the best thing happening to him as it will provide plenty of lessons and a lovely lift as he works towards his big goals.
Indian Record Holder whose personal Best is 86.48 is currently on the 12th spot in the world & surely will be looking for more glory in the future events.