Indian javelin sensation Neeraj Chopra is all set to start his journey in 2023 at the Doha meeting of the Diamond League, which will start on May 5, 2023. Chopra already set a world record (under 20) to throw 86.48m in the 2016 Under 20 World Championship to become a champion, where he has been the first Indian to win a medal in a track and field event.
He is a champion athlete who won javelin gold in the 2018 Asian Games and also became a gold medalist in Tokyo Olympics. In both cases, he is the first Indian to achieve this feat in any track and field event. Also, he won the Wanda Diamond League last year where he made a throw of 89.94m, improving his lifetime best by 2 meters.
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Neeraj Chopra missed the last Doha meeting last year due to an injury. This year he will join the World champion Anderson Peters (GRN) and Olympic silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch (CZE) in the Doha meeting, on May 5, 2023.
“It’s hugely important for me to inspire my nation and its people,” said the 25-year-old. “I have a constant desire for improvement and I will continue to work hard, as I always have done, in order to achieve that.”
“While last year was a good year for me with a new personal best, world silver medal, and the win of the Wanda Diamond League, this year brings new opportunities. My goal for this summer is the World Championships, alongside the Asian Games and the defence of my Wanda Diamond League title. I’m also getting closer to the 90m mark, so it would mean a lot for me to break that barrier,” Chopra was quoted on the Diamond League website.”
“I’m always overwhelmed by the warm support I get from Indians across the world and in Qatar that is particularly special, so I’m looking forward to opening my 2023 Wanda Diamond League season in Doha alongside a group of incredible athletes, in front of a passionate crowd.”