India’s Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra continue his impressive form in international arena after he made yet another National Record at IAAF Diamond League event in Doha on Friday.
Commonwealth Games 2018 Gold medalist Neeraj, finished fourth in the competition with a huge throw of 87.43 m, behind three German athletes who all threw 90+ to clean sweep the event for Germany.
Neeraj, who created history by becoming U-20 World Champion, started his campaign with a throw of 81.17 m which put him in the third position, with world champion Johannes Vetter setting the early pace with 91.56 m.
Competing with the word’s best athletes, Neeraj needed something big and he did responded in style by throwing the javelin to 87.43m to smash his own national record and season best, he made in recently concluded Commonwealth Games.
Video of Neeraj Chopra’s Gigantic Javelin Throw at IAAF Diamond League
In his remaining attempts, Chopra recorded three fouls in a row while maybe trying too too hard perhaps to break the 90m barrier and concluded his campaign with a throw of 81.06m.
Germans clean-sweep the Javelin Throw event
While Neeraj Chopra did exceptionally well to break his own NR and showed that he is improving with every tournament, the Germans were busy showing they were in a different class.
Olympic Champion Thomas Rohler improved his first attempt by more than 10 metres to jump into the lead while Andreas Hoffman also threw 90-plus to make it a Germany 1-2-3 halfway through the event.
Also, there was a new record for Germans as it was the first time when two athletes had thrown 91.50+ in one event.
Can Neeraj Chopra end India’s medal drought in Athletics at Tokyo Olympics 2020?
With the record- breaking performances he is giving in every tournament, it looks like he will be the best bet for India in athletics at Tokyo Olympics. But, the Germans are standing in his way for the podium finish, he must eye for 90+ in upcoming time if he really needs to stand up at podium in Olympics.
All-in-all Chopra couldn’t finish on the podium at IAAF Diamond League, Doha but it was most definitely another night to remember for the youngster.