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Doha Diamond League 2024 Live Updates: Neeraj Chopra is second with a best throw of 86.24m while Kishore Jena’s best is 76.31m. Neeraj Chopra’s preparations for the upcoming Paris Olympics 2024 is put through a stern test as he begins his season in the first leg of the prestigious Diamond League one-day meet series against a star-studded but familiar field in Doha. The 26-year-old Indian javelin superstar, who is also the reigning world and Asian Games champion, is up against the likes of former world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada and Olympic and world-medallist Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic. Asian Games silver-medallist and his compatriot Kishore Jena is also in the fray as he makes his Diamond League debut.

Here are the Live Updates from Doha Diamond League 2024 –

  • 22:58 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Top spot

    Jakub Vadlejch continues his domination with a best throw of 88.38m. Neeraj has rarely recovered for a trailing position with just two attempts to go. This will be interesting.

  • 22:51 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: 4th attempt for Neeraj

    86.18m – The fourth attempt for Neeraj Chopra. He does not improve his standing and remains in the second position. 

  • 22:40 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: 3rd attempt for Jena

    Kishore Jena improves and in his third attempt, he achieved a 76.31m throw.

  • 22:37 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Neeraj back in 2nd spot

    Third attempt for Neeraj Chopra and it is an even better one. 86.24m and he is back in the second spot.

  • 22:34 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Jena’s 2nd attempt

    Second attempt for Kishore Jena and it is a foul. He is in the ninth position after the second attempts.

  • 22:30 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Neeraj in 3rd

    Jakub Vadlejch continues to dominate with a better second attempt while Anderson Peters grabbed the second spot. Neeraj is down to third.

  • 22:27 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Neeraj hits 84.93m

    Second attempt for Neeraj Chopra and he has hit a 84.93m! Second spot for the world champion at the moment.

  • 22:23 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Current leader

    Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic is currently in the lead with an attempt of 85.87m.

  • 22:20 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Jena’s first attempt

    First attempt for Kishore Jena and it is 75.72 m. Currently fourth in the table.

  • 22:18 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Neeraj’s 1st attempt

    First attempt from Neeraj Chopra and it is a foul.

  • 22:14 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Almost time for the event

    It is almost time for the men’s javelin throw event featuring India’s two major talents – Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Jena.

  • 22:03 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Debut for Jena

    While Neeraj Chopra is no stranger to the Diamond League, this will be the debut for Kishore Jena. The Asian Games silver-medalist has emerged as a serious talent and he will be looking to better his own personal best in such a major competition.

  • 21:50 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Super Neeraj

    Neeraj Chopra is the reigning world, Asian Games as well as Olympics champion. A huge feat for the Indian athlete who has been sensational in the past couple of years and a win in Doha will be the perfect way to start his road to Paris Olympics.

  • 21:41 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Major expenses

    The Indian government has spent more than 4.87 Crore INR on Neeraj Chopra, Kishore Jena and DP Manu with Chopra receiving close to 4 Crore INR alone. The major expenses include training and competition related, equipment, coach’s salary and out-of-pocket allowances.

  • 21:31 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Big year for Neeraj

    With the Paris Olympics just round the corner, every tournament ahead of the mega competition becomes extra special. Neeraj Chopra is still chasing the 90m mark while Kishore Jena will have a brilliant chance to spring a surprise or two.

  • 20:58 (IST)

    Live Updates: Neeraj Chopra to compete in India after this

    Neeraj Chopra has won three individual legs of Diamond League and lifted the champion’s trophy in 2022. After this event, Chopra will compete at home for the first time in three years during the National Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships to be held in Bhubaneswar from May 12 to 15. Jena will also be taking part in the event. As per the schedule, the men’s javelin qualifying round will be held on May 14 and the final will take place on May 15.

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: When will the event start?

    Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Jena’s javelin throw event that will take place at the Qatar Sports Club is set to start after 10:12 PM IST.

  • 20:35 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: A big event

    European champion Julian Weber of Germany, fourth in the Olympic Games and World Championships, will also compete in the 10-man field. The league will then move to Morocco on May 19. Neeraj Chopra is also the defending champion here as he had set the tone for his title-laden 2023 season with a victory ahead of Jakub Vadlejch and Anderson Peters.

  • 20:18 (IST)

    Doha Diamond League 2024 Live: Chopra all set for the event

    “I think I am ready for tomorrow (Friday). I really like to be consistent, it is one of my greatest weapons. I will throw over 90m but consistency is more important,” India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra said in a pre-event press conference.

  • 20:02 (IST)

    Welcome guys!

    Hello everyone, welcome to the live blog of Doha Diamond League 2024. India’s star athletes Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Jena will be competing at the men’s javelin throw event tonight. Stay connected for the live updates, including scores, from the competition. 

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Morning Digest | 10 civilians dead, 22 army men still missing in Sikkim, rescue operations on; Media bodies write to CJI, call for norms on interrogation of journalists and more

A flood affected locality at Singtam, in Gangtok district, Wednesday, October. 4, 2023.
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10 dead, 22 army men among 82 missing as flash flood wreaks havoc in Sikkim; PM Modi dials CM

At least ten people died and 80 others, including 22 army personnel, went missing on Wednesday after a cloudburst over Lhonak Lake in north Sikkim triggered a flash flood in the Teesta River basin, officials said. All 10 who died have been identified as civilians including 3 of the dead who were washed up in north Bengal, they said adding that one of the 23 army men who had gone missing in the morning was rescued later.

UAPA case against NewsClick for plot to disrupt sovereignty of India: police

A day after the Delhi Police arrested Prabir Purkayastha, founder and Editor-in-Chief of NewsClick, and Amit Chakraborty, Human Resources head of the news portal, a government source told The Hindu that the police were investigating a “terror case that has Chinese links.” The foreign remittances received by the news portal are already being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) since 2021. The source said that the fresh terror case registered by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police was being investigated by multiple agencies.

NewsClick raids | Media bodies write to CJI, call for norms on interrogation of journalists

Over a dozen media bodies on Wednesday sought Chief Justice of India D.Y. Chandrachud’s intervention on the issue of raids against those linked to NewsClick, a digital news platform. Media persons and activists also turned up in large numbers at the Press Club of India to protest the police action. In a letter to the Chief Justice, the media organisations urged the courts to consider framing norms to discourage the seizure of journalists’ phones and laptops on a “whim”; and to develop guidelines for the interrogation of journalists and for seizures from them, to ensure that “these are not undertaken as fishing expeditions with no bearing to an actual offence”.

With Bihar caste survey, Nitish Kumar has set the national agenda, says JD(U) chief

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has set the national agenda ahead of the 2024 general election with the caste survey conducted in the State, Janata Dal (United)‘s Rajiv Ranjan Singh said on Wednesday. In an interview with The Hindu, he also criticised the BJP for alleging large-scale irregularities in the survey’s data collection process during an all-party meeting in Patna on Tuesday. 

Batches of India-manufactured syrups for cough, allergic rhinitis found contaminated: CDSCO

At least five batches of syrups for cough and allergic rhinitis of two Indian manufacturers — one Gujarat-based and one Tamil Nadu-based — have been found to contain higher than permissible levels of contaminants — diethylene glycol and ethylene glycol, as per a recent report released by the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). Previously the World Health Organisation (WHO) too had issued alerts on contamination in cold-cough syrups exported by India and said these two contaminants were found in the drug.

Activists call for defeat of BJP to save MGNREGA from neglect

MGNREGA Sangharsh Morcha, a collective of workers, activists and academics have called for the defeat of the BJP government in the 2024 general elections to save the MGNREGS scheme. The various groups had just concluded their two-day national convention where the state of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was discussed.

New defence indigenisation list has futuristic weapons, systems

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday released the fifth Positive Indigenisation List (PIL) of 98 items which will be procured by the three armed services from indigenous suppliers in a staggered manner as per specified timelines. He also released the Indian Navy’s updated indigenisation roadmap, named Swavlamban 2.0.

Akshata Murty makes U.K. political stage debut for ‘best friend’ PM Sunak

Britain’s Indian First Lady, Akshata Murty, made a surprise debut on the political stage on October 4 when she stepped out to introduce “best friend” Rishi Sunak for his maiden speech as U.K. Prime Minister to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

Former Russian journalist sentenced in absentia for Ukraine war criticism

A court in Moscow on Wednesday handed a former state TV journalist an 8 1/2-year prison term in absentia for protesting Russia’s war in Ukraine, the latest in a months-long crackdown against dissent that has intensified since Moscow’s invasion 20 months ago. Marina Ovsyannikova was charged with spreading false information about the Russian army, a criminal offense under a law adopted shortly after the Kremlin sent troops to Ukraine. 

Nepal town imposes lockdown and beefs up security to prevent clashes between Hindus and Muslims

Despite quickly escalating tensions between Hindus and Muslims, the night passed peacefully after a lockdown was imposed and security heightened in a city in southwest Nepal, officials said. Trouble began in the regional hub city of Nepalgunj over the weekend after a Hindu boy posted a status about Muslims on social media. Muslims protested the status inside the region’s main government administrator’s office building, burned tires on the streets and blocked traffic.

Lawyers of Imran Khan in Pakistan oppose his closed-door trial over revealing official secrets

Lawyers for Pakistan’s imprisoned former Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday opposed his closed-door trial in a case in which he is accused of revealing state secrets after his 2022 ouster, saying it’s aimed at convicting the popular opposition leader quickly.

Moratorium under IBC to exempt aircraft and engines, govt. notifies

In a big relief for aircraft lessors, the government has notified that the protection offered to a corporate debtor from recovery of dues under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016 will not cover aircraft, helicopters and engines. If implemented retrospectively, the move may impact Go First’s insolvency resolution proceedings under which the National Company Law Tribunal had granted it a blanket moratorium in May to shield it from lessors and creditors and also restrained the DGCA from accepting any applications for de-registration of aircraft from any lessors.

Tata Group to focus on coffee as core business category for future

Tata Group plans to intensify its focus on branded coffee as part of its strategy of “building core categories for the future.” Tea and salts have so far been Tata’s core categories and the company said it was currently in the process of building more core categories for the future and coffee was clearly a prominent one.

Asian Games | Why did so many decisions go wrong, questions Neeraj

Never before has Neeraj Chopra questioned officiating in any meet at any level. The Olympic and World Champion has preferred to let his performance do the talking so when he says “gadbad to hai” it speaks volumes about the level of officiating in athletics at the Asian Games.

Asian Games | Neeraj defends title, quartermilers take gold as India manages best-ever medal haul in athletics

Neeraj Chopra defended his Asian Games title with a season’s best throw of 88.88m and Kishore Kumar Jena managed a personal best of 87.54m as India completed a one-two in javelin but not before both got the short end of dodgy officiating as India finished the track & field assignments here with a best-ever haul of 29 medals including six on Wednesday – two golds and four silvers – for second spot on the table by numbers.

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Asian Games 2023 October 4 Latest Updates: Archers Strike Gold As India Record Best-Ever Tally | Asian Games News

Asian Games 2023 Live: India Register Their Best Ever Medals Haul After Archery Gold.© PTI

Asian Games 2023 October 4 Latest Updates: Archers Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Ojas Deotale won India’s 16th gold medal of the ongoing Asian Games as the pair defeated South Korea in the compound mixed team event. The duo of Jyothi and Ojas defeated Korea’s So Chaewon and Joo Jaehoon 159-158 in the gold medal match. This was India’s 71st medal at the Hangzhou games, their best-ever at Asian Games. Earlier, India won bronze medal in 35km race walk mixed team event. World Champion Neeraj Chopra will be defending his men’s javelin throw gold medal and Lovlina Borgohain will compete in the women’s 75kg boxing category final against China’s Li Qian on Wednesday. (Asian Games Medals Tally | Asian Games Full Schedule)

Here are the Live Updates of Asian Games 2023 October 4 from Hangzhou:

  • 09:37 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Squash: India eye a place in the final!

    The duo of Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu take on Hong Kong’s Lee Ka Yi and Wong Chi Him for a place in the final.

  • 09:28 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Sport Climbing: Disappointment for India!

    The Indian team fails to qualify for the semifinals of the women’s speed relay after finishing sixth and last in the quali round.

  • 09:01 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Wrestling: Sunil is into the last 4!

    Sunil Kumar is into the semis in the 87kg category in Greco-Roman wrestling with a VSU (victory by technical superiority) over Tajikistan’s Sukhrob Abdulkhaev

  • 08:47 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Archery: Gold for India!

    India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Ojas Deotale have done it. India win historic gold, defeating favourites South Korea 159-158. India’s Italian coach Sergio Pagni looks delighted with his archers performance.

  • 08:42 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Archery: Neck to neck stuff!

    After 10 shots, India and South Korea are tied at 99. Ojas misses a perfect 10, but Jyothi hits the bullseye

  • 08:34 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Archery: India fighting for gold!

    India’s Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Ojas Deotale are up against Republic of Korea’s So Chaewon and Joo Jaehoon in the gold medal match.

    A perfect start for India after 2 attempts each.

  • 08:23 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Badminton: Sindhu and Prannoy lead!

    After winning the first game, PV Sindhu leads 19-16 in the second against Indonesia’s Wardani. Meanwhile, HS Prannoy also won the first game first game 21-12 against Dmitriy Panarin of Kazakhstan.

    HS Prannoy also books his spot in the next round as he beats Kazakh shuttler Dmitriy Panarin 21-12, 21-13

  • 08:02 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Wrestling: Sunil Kumar advances!

    India’s Sunil Kumar beats China’s Peng Fei in Men’s Greco Roman 87kg Round of 16 bout. He was trailing 2-3, but took a 4-3 lead to win the match. He moves to the last 8.

    However, India’s Neeraj goes down 3-5 against Makhmud Bakhshilloev of Uzbekistan in 1/8 final of men’s 67kg.

  • 07:53 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Badminton: Sindhu leads!

    Sindhu is in complete control against her Indonesian opponent as she leads 15-11 in the first game.

  • 07:50 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Archery: Silver assured for India!

    Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Ojas Deotale beat Kazakh pair of Adel Zhexenbinova and Andrey Tyutyun in the semis to reach the final of compound mixed team event. Another medal assured for India. Final will be held today at 8:30AM IST.

  • 07:36 (IST)

    Asian Games Live, Badminton: Sindhu action!

    India’s PV Sindhu faces Indonesia’s Putri Kusum Wardani in Women’s Singles Round of 16.

  • 07:21 (IST)

    Asian Games Live: Plenty of action to look forward to!

    A lot of Indian atheltes in action shortly! Here is the list:


    07:30 am: Compound Mixed Team Semifinals – India vs Kazakhstan


    7:30 a.m. – Women’s Singles Round of 16 – P.V. Sindhu vs Putri Wardani(INA)


    7:30 a.m. onwards – Men’s Greco Roman 67kg Round of 16 – Neeraj vs Makhmud Bakhshilloev (UZB)

    7:30 a.m. onwards – Men’s Greco Roman 87kg Round of 16 – Sunil Kumar vs Peng Fei (CHN)

    7:30 a.m. onwards – Men’s Greco Roman 60kg Round of 16 – Gyanendra vs Meysam Dalkhani (IRI)

    7:30 a.m. onwards – Men’s Greco Roman 77kg Quarterfinal – Vikas vs TBH

  • 07:08 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Athletics: 35km Race Walk Mixed Team

    Japan’s Subaru Ishida finishes the line first. He clocks 2:31:39s and takes the men’s win. China’s Qin Wang comes in second while his countrymanHe Xianghong is the third one to cross the line. 

  • 06:54 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Kabaddi: India Hammer Thailand

    That’s all from the Indian men’s kabaddi team. An excellent performance from the Indians that saw them thrash Thailand 63-26 in the Group A fixture. One super tackle each from both teams, but it’s the Indians who were far superior.

  • 06:47 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Bridge: India vs China

    The India vs China bridge semi-final, session 4 begins. Remember, India are already assured of a medal in the event.

  • 06:37 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Kabaddi: India Cruising Ahead

    The Indian team has taken a massive lead against Thailand in men’s kabaddi. The Indians are 46-14 ahead and have completely dominated the fixture so far.

  • 06:29 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Archery: Vennam-Ojas Into Mixed Team Semis

    A terrific start from the Indians in archery. The pair of Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Ojas Deotale beat the Malaysian pair 158-155 to reach the compound mixed team semifinals. The penultimate round of the competition will take place later today at 7:30AM IST.

  • 06:09 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Archery: India vs Malaysia in Compound Mixed Team Quarterfinal

    After Race Walk and Kabaddi, we will see the archers in action. After reaching the final of their respective individual events on Tuesday, the likes of Jyothi Surekha Vennam and Ojas Pravin Deotale will be competing together in the mixed team quarter-finals. Based on their progressions, more medals can be expected today.

    Archery Schedule:

    06:10 a.m. – India vs Malaysia in Compound Mixed Team Quarterfinal

    07:30 a.m. onwards in Compound Mixed Team Semifinals (subject to qualification)

    11:50 a.m. – India vs Indonesia in Recurve Mixed Team Quarterfinal

    12:50 a.m. onwards in Recurve Mixed Team Semifinal

  • 06:07 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Race Walk: 35km Mixed Team Final

    Not a lot of time left for the event to conclude! India’s Ram Baboo and Manju Rani are currently in fifth and sixth position. As a team, India are looking to bag a spot on the podium.

  • 06:04 (IST)

    Asian Games LIVE, Kabaddi: India Take On Thailand

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Asian Games. After a dominant 55-18 victory against Bangladesh, India take on Thailand in the second group match. In the early phase of the match, it’s all been India…

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Diamond League Javelin Throw Final: Neeraj Chopra Finishes 2nd At Diamond League Finals With Best Throw Of 83.80m | Athletics News

Diamond League final Neeraj Chopra highlights: The Indian ace javelin thrower finished 2nd.© AFP

Neeraj Chopra Live Javelin Throw Highlights: Neeraj Chopra finished second at the prestigious Diamond League finals on Saturday. The Indian’s best throw of 83.80m came in his second attempt but it was not enough to surpass Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch’s throw of 84.24m. Finland’s Oliver Helander came third with a best throw of 83.74m. While Neeraj has thrown much greater distance in recent past, one reason for the Indian superstar’s poor throw could be that the Asian Games are nearby and he would want to peak during the continental extravaganza.  

Highlights – Neeraj Chopra | Javelin Throw | Diamond League final 2023, Straight from Eugene, USA

  • 01:55 (IST)

    Thank you!

    ON that note, we bid goodbye! Do join us for coverage of the Asia Cup final between India and Sri Lanka on Sunday. The toss is at 2:30 PM IST! 

  • 01:54 (IST)

  • 01:47 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live Updates: The top three!

    So that’s it! Neeraj Chopra finishes second with a best throw of 83.80m whole Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch is first with 84.24m throw while Finland’s Oliver Helander is third with a 83.74m throw!

  • 01:37 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live Updates: Jakub tops the charts!

    Jakub Vadlejch has been phenomenal and he finishes first with a 84.24m throw in his final attempt!

  • 01:36 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra javelin Live: No better result from Neeraj!

    Neeraj can only come up with a throw of 80.90m in his final throw! he will have to be satisfied with a second place finish.

  • 01:29 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra Live Updates: Not great 5th attempt!

     A 80.74m throw from Neeraj Chopra in his fifth attempt. He is still at the second place. Can he make one final dash in his final attempt?

  • 01:22 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live Updates: The 4th attempt going on!

    A no-throw from Neeraj again! Still only Jakub Vadlejch (84.01m) has been able to throw better than the Indian. The Olympic champion hold on to his second place so far as we are nearing the business end!

  • 01:13 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra javelin Live: Poor third attempt!

    Neeraj can only manage a 81.37m throw in his third attempt. Meanwhile, Finland’s Oliver Helander has come up with a 83.74m throw to be third at the moment!

  • 01:11 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live Updates: How things stand!

    The top three throws so far:

    1. Vadlejch – 84.01

    2. Chopra – 83.80

    3. Helander – 83.67

  • 01:08 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra Live Updates: That’s more like it!

    After a false start, Neeraj Chopra has climbed to the second position in the table with a throw of 83.80m. Not the best of his throws but it is enough for the time being!

  • 01:02 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra javelin Live: Bad start!

    Neeraj Chopra first throw has been disqualified! He lies at the bottom of the table after the first round of throws! Czech Republic Jakub leads with a 84.01m throw!

  • 00:59 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live Updates: Action begins!

    Action starts! Neeraj Chopra is the fifth inline for the first throw. There are only six competitors!

  • 00:51 (IST)

  • 00:43 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra Live Updates: Less than 10 minutes to go!

    Defending Diamond League champion, world champion and Olympic champion Chopra has a season’s best of 88.77m in the qualifying round in Budapest, the second best distance on the world list this year.

    Besides defending his title, he would also be looking to throw 90m for the first time, a distance which has eluded him so far. The Indian will be returning to Hayward Field where he won silver in the 2022 World Championships behind Anderson Peters of Grenada who will also be in action on Saturday.

  • 00:23 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra javelin Live: A terrific career so far!

    Chopra had become only the third javelin thrower in history to hold both the Olympic and World Championships crowns after winning the worlds title in Budapest with a throw of 88.17m.

    Just a few days after winning the World Championships title, he competed in the Zurich DL leg on August 31 when he finished second behind Vadlejch, the first time Chopra could not finish in top spot this season.

  • 00:21 (IST)

  • 00:19 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live: All eyes on Neeraj!

    Chopra, who has a personal best of 89.94m, won two individual DL meetings in Doha on May 5 and Lausanne on June 30 before clinching a historic gold in the World Championships.

    In between Doha and Lausanne, he suffered a groin strain while training and that kept him out of competition for nearly one month.

  • 00:07 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra Live Updates: Changes in rules

    The Diamond League began in 2010 but the format of having a winner-takes-all grand finale, competed among top six (top eight earlier) on the basis of accumulated points in individual legs, was introduced in 2017. Before that points of all meeting series were added with the grand finale carrying two times of that of individual legs.

    Vitezslav Vesely of Czech Republic was DL champion in 2012 and 2013, while compatriot Jakub Vadlejch, who is Chopra’s current closest rival, did the same in 2016 and 2017.

  • 23:43 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live Updates: The javelin throw entry list

    Javelin throw Entry list

    Neeraj Chopra (INDIA)

    Oliver Helander (FINLAND)

    Andrian Mardare (MOLDOVA)

    Anderson Peters (GRENADA)

    Curtis Thompson (USA)

    Jakub Vadlejch (CZECH REPUBLIC)

  • 23:42 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live: Chopra eyes history

    If Chopra holds the trophy and pockets the USD 30,000 prize money at the Prefontaine Classic, he will become only the third man to defend the DL overall title, though the format changed in 2017.

  • 23:28 (IST)

  • 23:26 (IST)

    Neeraj Chopra Live Updates: Neeraj on a roll!

    The 25-year-old Chopra lifted the Diamond League champion’s trophy in Zurich last year and he would be looking to do the same again after dominating the season which saw him win his maiden World Championships title in Budapest in August.

  • 22:49 (IST)

    Diamond League final Live Updates: Hello and welcome

    Welcome to the live coverage of the Diamond League final where Neeraj Chopra will be in action!

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World Athletics Championships: Neeraj Chopra eyes top podium finish

A World Championships gold is the only medal missing in Neeraj Chopra’s decorated cabinet and the superstar Indian javelin thrower will fancy his chances as no clear-cut favourite has emerged ahead of the showpiece beginning in Budapest on August 19

The 25-year-old Chopra has won gold medals in Olympics (Tokyo in 2021), Asian Games (2018) and Commonwealth Games (2018), besides becoming the Diamond League champion last year.

He won a silver in the 2022 World Championships in USA and he would be one of the gold medal contenders this time here.

If Chopra wins a gold, he will become only the second Indian after shooter Abhinav Bindra to win a yellow metal each in the Olympics and World Championships in individual sport.

Bindra, the first Indian individual event Olympic gold winner in 2008, had also achieved a World Championships top podium finish in 10m air rifle in 2006 in Zagreb.

Going by the current form of the top javelin throwers, there is no hot favourite to stand on the top of the podium after the August 27 final. The qualification round will be held two days earlier.

Chopra competed in only two top class competitions this season, winning gold in both of them — Doha and Lausanne Diamond League Meetings on May 5 and June 30 respectively. He had an injury lay-off of one month in between the two events after straining his muscles while training.

With nearly two months of rest and training, Chopra said he’s ready for the big event, which is of identical stature as the Olympics.

“Competing and being consistent at the highest level against the world’s best athletes is definitely challenging. I want to give it my best, and if that happens, I will come back better than before,” said Chopra ahead of the showpiece.

“I got injured which led me to skip a few competitions. After that, I returned and participated in the Lausanne Diamond League, where my performance was good. Since then, everything has gotten better, and I am happy with my performance and training.” Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch, who won silver behind Chopra in Tokyo and bronze in 2022 World Championships, Germany’s Julian Weber and defending champion Anderson Peters, would be among the gold medal contenders.

Chopra’s winning throw of 88.67m in Lausanne puts him third on the world list but he enters the World Championships with an unbeaten record. He has also beaten the trio of his rivals — Vadlejch, Weber and Peters — in both Doha and Lausanne.

The 32-year-old Vadlejch has been in top form this season and he is the world leader thanks to a 89.51m throw at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku on June 13. He also boasts the year’s fourth and fifth best throws of 88.63m and 88.38m.

He finished his preparations for his sixth World Championships with a victory in the Monaco Diamond League meeting on July 21.

Weber stands second on the world list with the 88.72m throw that won him the German title in Kassel on July 8. He had beaten Vadlejch in Lausanne, finishing runner-up to Chopra.

Peters will be chasing his third title on the trot but he has had an inconsistent season with a best of 85.88m while finishing third in Doha Diamond League on May 5 — where Chopra won gold — and a low of 74.11m at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet on June 27.

He is entering the World Championships with throws of 78.17m and 79.70m in his last two events in July.

Moreover, he is not completely fit by his own admission, after an injury lay-off.

“I’m 75% back but over the next few days I’ll work … so I can be at least 85 to 90% by the time I compete, better yet 100%,” he said ahead of the showpiece.

Aldrin, Sreeshankar lead world list

DP Manu and Kishore Jena are the other two Indians in the fray in men’s javelin throw. Jena’s visa was cancelled by the Hungarian embassy in New Delhi on August 17 but he got clearance on August 18.

In other events featuring Indians, a medal from men’s long jump cannot be ruled out altogether as Jeswin Aldrin (8.42m) and Murali Sreeshankar (8.41m) lead the world list this season.

Aldrin achieved his spectacular leap in Bellary in early March but since then he has been struggling to touch the 8m mark as he also faced fitness issues. His most recent outing was at the CITIUS Meeting in Bern, Switzerland which he won with 8.22m.

Sreeshankar has been more consistent than Aldrin. He achieved his personal best of 8.41m in Bhubaneswar in June and is entering the World Championships with his silver-winning jump of 8.37m in Bangkok in the Asian Championships.

He was also placed third in the Paris Diamond League on June 9 with 8.09m to become only the third Indian to finish in top-three in the prestigious event.

Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou (SB: 8.38m) of Greece, who has consistently jumped beyond 8m-mark this season, will set his sights on upgrading his silver from 2022 edition to gold in Budapest.

Other medal contenders would be defending champion Wang Jianan (SB: 8.26m) of China, Taipei’s Lin Yu-Tang (SB: 8.40m), Jamaica’s Carey McLeod (SB: 8.26m) and Wayne Pinnock (SB: 8.37m) and last edition bronze medal winner Simon Ehammer (SB: 8.32m) of Switzerland.

Sable hopes for top class performance

In men’s 3000m steeplechase, national record holder Avinash Sable will be hoping for a top class performance in a field studded with star performers. Sable will be in action on August 19 in the heats.

Lamecha Girma of Ethiopia would be looking to add the world title to his world record (7 minute and 52.11 seconds), having claimed silver medals at the 2019 and 2022 editions of the World Championships, as well as the Tokyo Olympics.

Olympic and defending world champion Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco is expected to fight it out with Girma for the gold with his personal best of 7:56.68 at the Rabat Diamond League, the second fastest time this year.

India’s campaign will start with three men’s 20km race walkers — Akashdeep Singh, Vikash Singh and Paramjeet Singh — on Saturday, but they are not expected to be in the medal bracket.

The country will not have any competitor in women’s 20km race walk after Bhawna Jat has been called back home due to “whereabouts failure”.

The opening day will also see Shaili Singh competing in women’s long jump, Ajay Kumar Saroj in men’s 1500m heats and men’s triple jump qualification round where three Indians — Praveen Chithravel, Abdulla Aboobacker and Eldhose Paul — will be competing.

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