Neeraj finishes 6th in Eugene leg of Diamond League

At the Prefontaine Classic, Neeraj was well below his best, recording three foul throws.

Neeraj Chopra won a gold medal in the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.   -  Getty Images

Top Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra finished sixth in the third leg of the Diamond League Series with a below-par effort of 80.81m here.

The 20-year-old Indian, the reigning Asian and Commonwealth champion, had shattered his own national record with an 87.43m throw while finishing fourth in the first leg in Doha last month.

But at the Prefontaine Classic, he was well below his best, recording three foul throws.

Neeraj began with a 76.95m and followed it up with an 80.81m in the second - his best of the day. He had an 80.26m in his third attempt before fouling the final three throws.

The top three spots in the eight-man field were expectedly taken by the Germans with the reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler unleashing the biggest throw ever witnessed at the venue with the best effort of 89.88m.

Reigning world champion Johannes Vetter took the silver with a best throw of 89.34m while Andreas Hofmann took the third spot with a best effort of 86.45m.

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