Neeraj Chopra returned to Diamond League action for the first time in 4 years in style as he broke his own national record for the second time in a month. Neeraj finished 2nd at the Stockholm Diamond League on Friday, June 30 with a massive throw of 89.94m.
Tokyo Olympics champion Neeraj Chopra nearly achieved his mission of throwing 90m as he hurled the javelin to his personal best distance in his first attempt in the Diamond League on Friday.
What a competition in the men’s javelin.
A meeting record of 90.31 sees @peters_oly claim his 2nd win of the season…
— Wanda Diamond League (@Diamond_League) June 30, 2022
Neeraj Chopra finished second behind reigning world champion Anderson Peters who won the event with a best throw of 90.31m.
It was a fantastic series of 6 throws for Neeraj Chopra, who finished in the top 3 in a Diamond League meet for the first time – 89.94m, 84.37m, 87.46m, 84.77m, 86.67m, and 86.84m.
Neeraj began the event with a new meet record, new national record and his personal best of 89.94m. However, world champion Peters bettered the mark in his third attempt.
Julian Weber of Germany finished 3rd with a best throw of 89.08m while Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Jakub Valdjejch finished 4th with a best attempt of 88.59m.
Neeraj had taken part in 3 Diamond League meets in 2017 and 4 in 2018 and had finished 4th twice. The meet in the Swedish capital was his biggest event ahead of the World Championships and the Commonwealth Games in july.
Screengrab from Diamond League website
Neeraj has been in spectacular form ever since he returned to competitive action earlier this month. The Tokyo Olympics champion had taken his time to work on his fitness and preparations before his comeback and the star javelin thrower is peaking before the World Championships, starting July 15 in Eugene, a couple of weeks before he takes part in the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Neeraj returned to action, setting a new national record at the Paavo Nurmi Games, a Continental Tour event in Turku Finland on June 14 with a throw of 89.30m. With that, he broke his previous best of 88.07m from 2021.
3 days later, he finished on the top step of the podium after surviving a nasty fall at the Kuortane Games with a best throw of 86.69m in slippery conditions.