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Asian Games 2018: CWG Gold Medalist Neeraj Chopra to compete in the Eugene Diamond League

551   //    12 May 2018, 22:33 IST

Neeraj Chopra is a former Asian Championships Gold medallist

What's the story?

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra who won a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games earlier this year, is all set to impress again at the big ticket Eugene Diamond League in the USA. 

In case you didn't know...

The athlete from Haryana won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw category at the CWG in Australia, becoming the first Indian to achieve a top podium finish in the javelin throw event. He is also a former gold medal winner at the World Junior Championships and the Asian Championships.

Also Read: Neeraj Chopra breaks own national record, finishes fourth at Doha Diamond League

The heart of the matter

Neeraj is currently training in Patiala under the supervision of his trainer Uwe Hohn. Soon the national team will shift its training base to Finland’s Olympic training centre in Kuortane.

He will be up against the likes of 2016 Olympics Champion Thomas Rohler and world champion Johannes Vetter and Andreas Hofmann also from the European nation.

Earlier in Doha, Thomas stood first among the above-mentioned athletes. Meanwhile, Johannes and Andreas are at the second and third position respectively while Neeraj finished fourth.

Also Read: Commonwealth Games gold medallist Neeraj Chopra to train in Finland, decides AFI

What's next?

The one-day meet will be held on May 26 and it will be a great opportunity for Neeraj to continue his good run in the ongoing season. But the competition will be tough as the top athletes from all over the globe will take part in the meet.

Author's take

Neeraj Chopra has had a successful season, winning with his success at the Commonwealth Games and this will also act as a warm-up ahead of the Jakarta Asian Games, which will be held later this year on August 18.

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