That’s all from Sportstar’s LIVE coverage of the Diamond League Meeting in Lausanne. Neeraj Chopra made a remarkable comeback from injury and sealed the title with a throw of 89.08m. The 24-year-old will now compete in the Diamond League finals in Zurich on September 7th and 8th.
00:43 - Neeraj Chopra has also secured a berth at the 223 World Athletics Championships by breaching the qualification mark of 85.20m.
00:30 - The final meet of the Diamond League will be held on September 7th and 8th. The Indian will have a date with history in Zurich!
00:21 - The win at Lausanne wins eight points for Neeraj Chopra and he becomes the first Indian athlete to make it to the Diamond League finals. A historic day for India and Neeraj.
00:20 - Jakub Vadlejch seemed to be the only real challenger to Neeraj, but the Czech could only manage a best of 85.8m.
00:16 - What a comeback for the 24-year-old Indian. He returned after a groin injury and landed a monster throw of 89.08m on his very first attempt.
00:09 - THAT’S IT! - Neeraj Chopra wins. Only the top three get to make the sixth attempt, and both Vadlejch and Thompson fail to better Neeraj’s first attempt of 89.08m.
00:04 - USA’s Curtis Thompson completes his quota of six throws and his best remains at 83.72m. This will be enough to hand him the third place.
00:03 - Vadlejch manages a throw just short of 85m on the final attempt and that should seal first place for India’s Neeraj Chopra.
00:01 - A wry smile from Neeraj as he ends his contention with a throw of 80.04m. The Indian ended up with too much height on the javelin and the result was not to the Indian’s satisfaction.
00:00 - We hit midnight and the sixth and final round is underway. Neeraj to start.
23:58 - Hats off to Jakub Vadlejch. The Czech javelin has been consistent on the night and has landed five legal attempts. The only one to do so.
23:58 - With just one round left, Vadlejch needs to find a special effort to win the event. Here are the standings:
23:54 - The Indian yet again does not register any attempt. A strong first throw still ensures a comfortable lead for Neeraj Chopra.
23:51 - Another strong throw by Vadlejch. he cuts down the gap to Neeraj with a throw of 85.88m. Consistent throws by the Czech. The Indian up next
23:51 - Walcott and Thompson register their fifth attempts and they fail to cross the 80m mark.
23:48 - We’re underway with the fifth attempts.
23:44 - This is how the throwers are ranked with two attempts remaining:
23:40 - Neeraj Chopra defaults on his fourth attempt. He has two attempts remaining.
23:39 - Keshorn Walcott faults on his fourth attempt. Thompson follows suit and gets a cross against his name on the fourth attempt.
23:37: We start from the bottom half of the field. Latvia’s Patricks Gailums lands a throw of 79.71m while Finland’s Toni Geranen gets 77.18m.
23:36 - Both of Neeraj Chopra’s throws have been better than the second-placed Jakub Vadlejch. Can the Indian sustain the momentum and see out the contest? The fourth attempt coming up shortly.
23:33 - A first place finish will hand eight points to Neeraj and ensure a total of 15 points.
23:31 - Neeraj Chopra still leads at the halfway mark. Here are the standings:
23:23 - USA’s Curtis Thompson stays in third place after an attempt of 80.47m on the third try.
23:22 - Jakub Vadlejch cannot better his second throw as he lands at 84.17m. Keshorn Walcott manages a third attempt of 79.32m.
23:21 - Neeraj Chopra opts out of his third attempt. He is still comfortably in the lead.
23:18 - Here are the standings after the second attempt
23:15 - Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott throws 80.57m on his second attempt, while Thompson from USA lands at 78.97m.
23:12 - Vadlejch is finally into the thick of things. The World No.2 lands the javelin at a distance of 84.56m. He takes the second place with the throw. USA’s Curtis Thompson is third, although he still has his second throw remaining.
23:12 - Neeraj Chopra’s second attempt lands a slightly shorter at 85.18m. He is still in the first position.
23:10 - This was Neeraj’s third-best throw after his personal best of 89.94m and 89.30m.
23:08 - As things stand: 1. Neeraj Chopra, 2. Curtis Thompson, 3. Keshorn Walcott
23:06 - The Indian will be pleased with the start that he made. Neeraj has made a habit of starting his events with a strong attempt.
23:05 - There are still five attempt remaining. Neeraj Chopra holds the lead for now.
23:05 - Here is how the field stands after the first round of throws:
23:01 - USA’s Curtis Thompson finds a strong 83.72m throw on his first go and overtakes Walcott in second place.
23:00 - Trinidad and Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott throws 83.38m on his first attempt.
22:59 - A poor start for the Czech Republic thrower as Vadlejch manages only 79.54m.
22:57 - A massive first throw by the Indian - Neeraj Chopra comes out charging for the opening attempt and places the javelin at a distance 89.08m.
22:55 - If Neeraj Chopra manages to secure a place in the final event, he will become the first Indian to feature in the Diamond League finals.
22:53 - We’re just minutes away from the start of competition.
22:50 - Vadlejch is at the top of the qualification standings with 20 points and is all but through to the showdown event in Zurich.
22:45 - Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch is the highest ranked javelin thrower in tonight’s field. Will he take the top prize?
22:40 - The third-place finisher from the Stockholm Diamond League Julian Weber is also absent from the Lausanne Meet. The German has managed a best attempt of 89.08m.
22:35 - World champion Anderson Peters is missing from action today after the Grenada athlete was physically assaulted earlier this month.
22:30 - Unlike other competitions, all eight entrants get six throws. The one who manages the best finishes first and wins eight points. The second placed athlete gets seven points while the third best wins six points.
22:25 - A reminder of the competition rules - There are no medals in the Diamond League meets. Instead, the players are awarded points on the basis of their positions. The top six at the end of all events advance to the final, scheduled for later in the year.
22:20 - Among Neeraj’s rivals today, only Jakub Vadlejch has managed a 90m+ throw this season. Keshron Walcott, though, has a personal best of 90.16m.
22:15 - Neeraj Chopra’s best throw this season has been 89.94m. This is also the Indian’s personal best. Today will be the opportunity for Neeraj to breach the 90m mark. Will he succeed?
22:10 - Here is the the starting lineup for Javelin Throw at the Lausanne Diamond League:
22:00 - This will be the last of the four Diamond League meets that will feature Javelin Throw. The top six athletes at the end of the events will appear in the final.
21:55 - Neeraj Chopra’s last appearance at a Diamond League meet came in Stockholm in June where he stood second and won the seven points.
21:50 - Here is how the Diamond League points table stands before the Lausanne meet:
21:45 : Neeraj Chopra currently sits in the fourth place in the Diamond League. A podium place in Lausanne will confirm his place in the Diamond League final in Zurich.
21:35 : The 24-year-old confirmed his participation for the tournament earlier this week, after Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla had said that the javelin thrower will be allowed to compete if fit.
21:30 : Chopra had suffered a groin injury during the World Athletics Championship in Eugene last month. This had ruled him out the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
When is the Diamond League meeting in Lausanne scheduled to take place?
The Diamond League meeting in Lausanne will be spread across two days - Thursday, August 25 and Friday, August 26.
At what time is the Lausanne Diamond League 2022 starting?
Only the men’s pole vault event was scheduled for day one. It started at 6 PM local time (9:30 PM IST) on Thursday, with Sweden’s Armand Duplantis finishing first with a meeting record (6.10).
The remaining 13 events begin at 6:10 PM local time (9:40 PM IST) on the second day.
When is Neeraj Chopra’s javelin throw event scheduled to get underway?
The men’s javelin throw will start at 7:25 PM local time (10:55 PM IST).
Where and how to watch the live telecast and live streaming of the Lausanne 2022 Diamond League on TV and online respectively in India?
The Diamond League Lausanne 2022 action will be broadcast on Sports 18-1 SD. It is available for streaming on the Voot app (subscription required).