Ace Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra triumphed in the Lausanne leg of the Diamond League, marking his second consecutive win of the season in this prestigious one-day meeting series. Despite a one-month injury lay-off, the 25-year-old Indian athlete returned with a bang, clinching the top spot with a phenomenal fifth-round throw of 87.66m.
Chopra’s journey to victory started with a foul. This was then followed by throws of 83.52m and 85.04m. After another foul in the fourth round, he unleashed his winning throw of 87.66m. His final throw measured 84.15m. Julian Weber from Germany secured second place with his best throw of 87.03m, while Jakub Vadlejch from the Czech Republic achieved third place with an 86.13m effort.
This is not the first time Chopra has triumphed in the Lausanne leg of the Diamond League. He also claimed victory in August last year, capturing his maiden Diamond League title. Subsequently, he emerged victorious in the grand finale, securing the Diamond League trophy a month later. Earlier this season, Chopra won the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Doha on May 5 with a remarkable throw of 88.67m. Notably, his personal best stands at an impressive 89.94m.
In the men’s long jump event, Indian long jumper Murali Sreeshankar finished fifth with a below-par jump of 7.88m, which he achieved in the third round. Sreeshankar, 24 years old, had previously clinched third place in the Paris leg on June 9, marking his first-ever Diamond League podium. During the National Inter-State Championships in Bhubaneswar earlier this month, Sreeshankar achieved a career-best jump of 8.41m.