Ahead Of Paris Olympics, Neeraj Chopra To Begin Season At Doha Diamond League On May 10

The 26-year-old Neeraj Chopra, who closed his past season with a gold at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China last year, is aiming to defend his Olympic gold in Paris later this year. Chopra's compatriot Kishore Jena will be making his Diamond League debut at the Qatar capital, after winning silver at the Asian Games.
Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj Chopra To Start Season With Doha Diamond League On May 10

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KEY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Neeraj had taken the top spot in Doha in the 2023 season with a throw of 88.67m.
  • His continued excellence has raised the bar for Indian athletes.
  • Doha is the third of the Diamond League meets this year.
Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra will begin an all-important season on May 10, at the Doha Diamond League. The 26-year-old Chopra, who closed his past season with a gold at the Asian Games in Hangzhou, China last year, is aiming to defend his Olympic gold in Paris later this year.
Neeraj's compatriot Kishore Jena, who finished fifth in last year's Budapest World Championships and won silver in Hangzhou with a personal best of 87.54m, will be making his Diamond League debut at the Qatar capital.
Neeraj will be up against his well-known rivals like Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch, who won silver in the Tokyo Olympics and bronze in last year's World Championships and former world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada.
“This year, my personal goal is to defend my Olympic title, but it would also mean a lot to me to break the 90m barrier. The Doha Meeting, with good conditions and a great atmosphere, is a perfect opportunity to get my season off to the best start," Chopra said.
"I’m always overwhelmed by the warm support I get from Indians across the world and in Qatar that is particularly special. I feel privileged that so many people come out to support me and I hope I can repay their faith in me with a good performance," Neeraj added.
Others to take the field at the Doha Diamond League are European Games champion Julian Weber, Finland's Oliver Helander who has a personal best of 89.83m, 2017 Asian Championships silver medalist Ahmed Bader Magour, among others.
Neeraj had taken the top spot in Doha in the 2023 season with a throw of 88.67m, ahead of Vadlejch and Peters. Vadlejch has a season best of 87m at Potchefstroom earlier this month.
The javelin event has built a reputation for its high quality in recent years and conditions permitting, much will be expected of the key protagonists on May 10. Notably in India, after Neeraj's gold medal at Tokyo, the excitement around javelin throw has increased by leaps and bounds.
Peters, who finished third last year, delivered a national record and the fifth-longest throw in history in 2022 (93.07m), while reigning Diamond League champion Vadlejch, who was runner-up to Neeraj last year, recorded a personal best in the memorable 2022 meeting with his first ever throw over 90m (90.88m).
But more than Neeraj this time, a lot of eyes will be on Kishore as well, who will be making his Diamond League debut.
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