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Neeraj Chopra Eyes Diamond League Triumph Following Doha Near Miss

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After coming in second place during the Doha leg of the Diamond League, Olympic and world champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra promised to improve even further in the next meeting. Chopra’s impressive final effort of 88.36 meters was just two centimeters short of Jakub Vadlejch’s winning effort on Friday night, placing him in second place at the Doha Diamond League. Throughout the competition, the 26-year-old Chopra lagged behind the seasoned Czech, who took home the title with a third throw of 88.38 meters.

Chopra, taking part in his first competition of the season, made a last ditch effort but the Indian superstar failed to defend the title.

Two-time world champion Anderson Peters took the third sport with a throw measuring 86.62m.

“The most important competition for me this year is Paris Olympics, but Diamond League meetings are important too. This was the opener for me this season, I finished second with a narrow two centimetre margin but next time I will try to draw far and try to win,” Chopra said.

The next Diamond League meeting which has men’s javelin as a discipline will be held in Paris on July 7.

Chopra also thanked the Indian diaspora in Qatar for supporting him.

“The support I am getting from the Indian people here in Qatar is always amazing, there aren’t words enough for me to thank them for their support.

“Maybe in some years the Indian will throw really far! I feel really proud that I am an Indian.” At each DL meeting, athletes are awarded 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 points for ranking first to to eighth respectively.

The top six javelin throwers will compete in the Diamond League Finals in Brussels on September 13-14 and the winner will lift the DL champion’s trophy.

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