Neeraj becomes medal contender in Stockholm Diamond League

After making a strong start to the season, Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is all set to win a medal for the first time in the Diamond League. Neeraj Chopra won the silver medal at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku with a throw of 89.30 and remained at the top of the Kuortane Games with 86.60m. In both these tournaments held in Finland, the match has been even more difficult. In Kuortane, Chopra had also fallen in the third attempt due to slippery due to rain, but immediately stood up and won the title without getting injured.

Chopra is set to play in the Diamond League for the first time after finishing fourth in Zurich in August 2018 with a throw of 85.73m. He has played 7 Diamond Leagues, including three in 2017 and four in 2018 but could not win medals. 2 times he is in fourth place. This is the biggest tournament for Chopra ahead of the coming month's World Championships in the US. All the three medal winners of the Tokyo Olympics are going to be in the fray.

Germany's Johannes Waiter, who has crossed the 90-metre barrier the most number of times among the current round javelin throwers, is out due to injury. After winning the gold medal at Kuortane, Chopra is practising at Uppsala, less than 100 km from here. He is not going to play any more tournaments after the Diamond League and before the World Championship to be held from July 15.

India's Murali Sreeshankar was also supposed to take part in the long jump which is not part of the Diamond League programme but has joined as an additional competition. He, however, will not be able to reach him as his passport is at the US Embassy in Delhi to complete the visa formalities for the World Championships.

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