Diamond League 2023 final: Neeraj Chopra finishes second for the first time in 2023; Jakub Vadlejch wins the title

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Diamond League 2023 final: Neeraj Chopra finishes second for the first time in 2023; Jakub Vadlejch wins the title | Sportz Point
Neeraj Chopra failed to defend his title in Eugene as Jakub Vadlejch won the Diamond League 2023 title. Image: Marta Gorczynska
Neeraj Chopra finished second in the Diamond League 2023 final with an 83.80m throw as Jakub Vadlejch won the title with an 84.24m throw.
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Neeraj Chopra could not hold on to his Diamond League title in this season’s Diamond League final in Eugene. The Olympic and World Champion finished second in the Diamond League final with a best throw of 83.80m. Jakub Vadlejch, the Czech athlete won the final with a best throw of 84.24m, becoming the only person to defeat Neeraj Chopra in 2023.

Neeraj began the Diamond League final with a throw that was considered invalid. Meanwhile, Jakub Vadlejch took the lead with an 84.01m throw in his first attempt. It was clear that the conditions were difficult for all the throwers to achieve their best throws. Despite Jakub taking the lead initially, Neeraj was the first to congratulate him after his impressive 84.01m throw.

Diamond League 2023 final: Neeraj Chopra finishes second for the first time in 2023; Jakub Vadlejch wins the title | Sportz Point
Photo by Marta Gorczynska via Diamond League

With six attempts available for all the throwers, all were expecting a great show from the current World Champion. Neeraj, in his second attempt, nearly closed the gap between him and Jakub. Neeraj finished at the number two position after the second throw with a throw of 83.80m, which remained his best in the final.

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In the third attempt, Oliver Healander nearly caught Neeraj with an 83.74m throw. Neeraj meanwhile threw 81.37m. Jakub fouled in this third attempt.

While Jakub Vadlejch fouled in three consecutive attempts, both Oliver and Neeraj could not close the gap for first place. Neeraj remained at number two while Oliver kept his third position intact as both of them fouled as well in their fourth attempts.

Jakub saved his best performance for his sixth and final throw, even after three fouls. He threw the javelin beyond the 84-meter mark for the second time in the final round. In his last attempt, he had an impressive throw of 84.24 meters. Not only did Jakub win the Diamond League 2023, but he also became the only athlete to surpass Neeraj Chopra’s results in any tournament in 2023.

Diamond League 2023 final: Neeraj Chopra finishes second for the first time in 2023; Jakub Vadlejch wins the title | Sportz Point

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