Friday night in Lausanne on Olympic javelin champion and national crush Neeraj Chopra, successfully secure his place by an 89.08m throw and first Indian to win a Diamond Leaguemeet, he said that his legendry win holds a significant value for his country.
The 24-year-old with his first attempt blast off the winning throw and vanquish breathtaking ahead of second-placed Jakub Valdeich (85.88m).
For the 2023 World Athletics Championships his 89.08m throw helps him to qualify.
It was not easy for Neeraj Chopra but somehow he fights with his recent groin injury and conquers his victory, at the World Championships in Eugene where he picked up while bagging silver and eventually forced him to skip the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
“This win is very important for our country,” Chopra said.
“I had to skip Commonwealth Games due to groin injury and I felt that I will have to end the season. But there wasn’t much pain, so I had the belief that I will recover before the tournament.”
Chopra has also qualified for the Diamond League finals in Zurich scheduled for Sept. 7-8.
“It’s only 10 days, I don’t have much time to do more or train extra. The focus will be to end the season on a positive note without any injury,” Chopra, whose personal best record is 89.94m, added.
“It’s been a great year for me so far. I have gone over 89m thrice out of the five competitions… So, the performance has been consistent and now the focus is on doing well in Zurich.
“Yes, everyone has been asking about 90m throw, it will happen when the time comes, I don’t have any pressure about it as such.”