Doha Diamond League: Neeraj Chopra finishes fourth

India's Neeraj Chopra will be in action at the Diamond League season opener in Doha where the best from the world of athletics compete.

India has high expectations from Neeraj Chopra.   -  AP

 

India's Neeraj Chopra will be in action at the Doha Diamond League from 22:10 IST. Stay tuned for live updates here..

Neeraj rose to fame with a world record throw to clinch the gold in 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He justified the hype by easily winning the gold in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

But Diamond League series will have a stronger field and his performance in Doha would give us an idea about where he stands in the pecking order for javelin throw.

How difficult will the field be? What are the expectations from Neeraj. Read our preview here 

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Live Updates:

Results:

1. Thomas Rohler (91.78) 2. Johannes Vetter (91.56) 3. Andreas Hofmann( 90.08m) 4. Neeraj Chopra ( 87.43m)

 

It is a promising start for Neeraj Chopra in the Diamond League series. A personal best throw and consequently a new national mark! A career that looks worthy of following. Thanks for joining us!

Round 6:

23:00: Phew! After three fouls, Neeraj finally gets one more to count for. He finishes his Doha Diamond League campaign with a throw of 81.06. Neeraj Chopra settles for the fourth spot in the season opener in Doha. Only the Germans were better than Neeraj here tonight. He is certainly a bright prospect for India, even second-placed German Johannes Vetter thinks so!

Round 5:

22:56: Another round and another foul for Neeraj Chopra. That's three in a row for the junior world record holder. He is still staying in the top four, so that's some consolation for the Indian fans. No better throws in the fifth round as well.

Round 4:

22:50: Jakub Vadlejch is closing in on the gap. He threw a distance of 86.67, less than a metre to separate him and Neeraj. Will Neeraj hold on? 

22:45: It's been a poor two rounds for Neeraj. He fouls again and has further endangered his fourth position. Will someone else take his spot? It's a six-round event. The status quo remains for the top three Germans. With 90 + throws, the trio seem to have taken things lightly now. None of them even crossed the 85m mark in their fourth throw.

Round 3:

22:39: Neeraj Chopra fouls his third attempt. Medal chance slips away. Looks like Neeraj Chopra has to settle for the fourth spot now.

22:34: Vetter in the first round, Rohler in the second and now a third German has crossed the 90m mark tonight!. Andreas Hofmann just registered a throw of 90.08...which means Neeraj has been pushed further down to Number 4 now!

Round 2:

22:30: Germans are on fire. If Johannes Vetter surpassed the competition in the first round, his compatriot Thomas Rohler betters that mark with his second throw of 91.78m to take the top spot! That pushes Neeraj Chopra to the third spot at the end of two rounds. Still credible for the young javelin thrower from India.

22:25: It is truly looking like a Diamond League field now. Not daunted by the German's record, Neeraj comes up with a personal best throw of 87.43m to take the second position. In other words, he has just rewritten the National record yet again

The rest of the field are also registering competitive marks, it is going to be a memorable, but tough night for Neeraj.

Round 1

22:23: Neeraj is standing third at the end of the first round of throws. Germany's Johannes Vetter, considered to be the strong contender, begins with aplomb. Throws a mighty 91.56 to begin his campaign. Neeraj will have to put in his best ever performance to upstage that mark!

22:14: Neeraj Chopra begins with a 81.17m throw. Magnus Kirt of Estonia currently leads with an 82.77 throw in his first attempt.  Neeraj has a best throw of over 86m this season (CWG) and he is just getting warmed up. It is a positive start for Neeraj.