Neeraj suffers groin injury in Zurich Diamond League Finals

Neeraj Chopra, hampered by a groin injury, finished seventh in an eight-man field in the Diamond League final in Zurich

“It (injury) is not minor, it is much more than that. If it was minor I would have continued and attempted the final two throws,” said Neeraj Chopra.   -  Getty Images

Top Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra suffered a groin injury while taking part in the prestigious Diamond League Meetings finals, which led him to skip his last two rounds of the competition in Zurich.

The 19-year-old Indian junior world record holder did not attempt his fifth and final throws due to the injury and his first round effort of 83.80m fetched him a seventh place finish in a strong eight-man field.

He fouled his second round throw and came up with 83.39m in the third.

“During the third round throw, I had a groin injury. I tried for the fourth throw but (because of the pain) I stopped at the run-up, did not do running in,” Neeraj told PTI from Zurich.

That is why his fourth throw was also shown as a fouled attempt. Every participant gets six attempts.

“After that I did not further take part in the competition and I skipped my final two throws,” said Neeraj, who has a season’s best of 85.63m.

“It (injury) is not minor, it is much more than that. If it was minor I would have continued and attempted the final two throws.”

He, however, did not undergo any medical examination as he had a flight to catch.

“I have not done any medical examination. I have to catch a flight and I am returning home,” said Neeraj, who could not make it to the final round of the World Championships in London earlier this month.

No Athletics Federation of India (AFI) official is aware of the development at this time.

World Championships silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic emerged the Dimaond League winner with a best throw of 88.50m, while reigning Olympic champion Thomas Rohler of Germany and Tero Pitkamaki of Finland were second and third with 86.59m and 86.57m respectively.

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