Chopra couldn’t have asked for a better start to his Diamond League title defense as he cleared 88.67m to see off a star-studded field and start his season in style.
The 25-year-old Chopra had won the 2022 Diamond League Finals trophy in Switzerland in September last year.
Chopra struck his straps on his first attempt with a world-leading throw of 88.67m, his fourth career-best effort to establish himself at the top of the heap. He maintained the lead till the end to win the event in his second appearance at the Qatar Sports Club.
He finished fourth in his first appearance in Doha in 2018.
silver medalist jacob wadlejch Throwed a throw of 88.63m in the second round, four centimeters short of the Indian’s effort.
Wadlejch also won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. I also won silver doha diamond league Last year with a throw of 90.88m.
current world champion Anderson PetersHaving won the event here last year with a monster throw of 93.07m, he finished third with a modest best of 85.88m.
Chopra, who has a personal best of 89.94m, could not maintain the pace of his first attempt as he could only send the javelin to 86.04m and then 85.47m before fouling his throw in the fourth. He cleared 84.37m and 85.62m in his fifth and sixth attempts.
(With PTI inputs)