Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra started his2023 season with an emphatic win at Doha Diamond League with a throw of 88.67m.
Competing in a highly competitive field consisting of World Champion Anderson Peters, Olympic silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch and Julian Weber, Neeraj registered five legal throws with four of them being over 85m.
Starting his season, Neeraj threw 88.67m in his very first attempt to take the lead and register a world lead (the best mark achieved worldwide within a given season).
Neeraj maintained his rhythm in the second throw with a distance of 86.04m while Olympic silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch moved within touching distance of the Indian with a throw of 88.63.
In the third attempts, Neeraj Chopra and Jakub Vadlejch continued their good form and threw 85.47m and 86.64m respectively.
Jakub Vadlejch gave a scare to Neeraj Chopra with another 88m throw in the fifth attempt but it fell short at 88.47m as Neeraj kept his lead despite a 84.37m throw.
In the final attempt, Neeraj registered 86.52m to walk away with a victory in his first competition of the season.