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Neeraj Chopra to start Paris Olympics preparations with Doha Diamond League, Kishore Jena to debut

Neeraj Chopra to start Paris Olympics preparations with Doha Diamond League, Kishore Jena to debut

With the Doha Diamond League schedule out, Neeraj Chopra's quest for Olympic gold and the 90-meter barrier is officially underway.

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra is gearing up for a crucial year as he prepares to defend his gold medal at the Paris Olympics in July-August. His 2024 season kicks off in spectacular fashion at the Doha Diamond League meeting in May, marking the first step on his road to Olympic glory.

Neeraj Chopra: Reigning Champion with Ambitious Goals

Neeraj Chopra, the reigning world and Olympic champion in javelin throw, enters the season with high expectations. Not only is he aiming to retain his Olympic title, but he also has his sights set on breaking the coveted 90-meter barrier.

His victory in the 2022 Diamond League cemented his reputation as a global powerhouse in the sport.

DL Debut for Kishore Jena

Joining Chopra in Doha will be his fellow Indian athlete, Kishore Jena. Jena, fresh off a silver medal performance at the Asian Games and a fifth-place finish at the 2023 World Championships, is set to make his much-anticipated Diamond League debut in Qatar.

World-Class Competition Awaits

Chopra will face off against a formidable line-up in Doha, including Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch and former world champion Anderson Peters. Last year, Chopra dominated this very competition with an impressive throw of 88.67 meters, defeating both Vadlejch and Peters.

Look at the Doha Diamond League Javelin Throw Field

  • European Champion: Julian Weber (Germany, PB 89.54m)
  • World Championships Finalist: Oliver Helander (Finland, PB 89.83m)
  • Qatari National Record Holder: Ahmed Bader Magour (Qatar, PB 85.23m)
  • Asian Games Silver Medallist & World Championships Finalist: Kishore Jena (India, PB 87.54m)
  • World University Games Champion: Edis Matusevicius (Lithuania, PB 89.17m)
  • Asian Champion & Asian Games Bronze Medallist: Roderick Genki Dean (Japan, PB 84.28m)
  • Moldovan Record Holder & Olympic Finalist: Andrian Mardare (Moldova, PB 86.66m)
  • Pan American Games Champion: Curtis Thompson (USA, PB 87.70m)

Neeraj Chopra Primed for a Strong Start

Expressing his excitement for the competition, Chopra highlighted the importance of the Doha meet as a launching pad for the season. He also acknowledged the growing strength of Indian javelin throwers, with three Indians reaching the World Championship finals in 2023. The passionate support he receives from Indian fans worldwide, particularly in Qatar, further motivates him to deliver a stellar performance.

With the Doha Diamond League kicking off on a high note, Neeraj Chopra’s quest for Olympic gold and the 90-meter barrier is officially underway. The javelin throw competition promises to be a thrilling spectacle, showcasing some of the world’s best athletes vying for dominance.

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