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At the 2023 Diamond League Final in Eugene, Oregon, India’s Neeraj Chopra secured the second position in the men’s javelin throw event, recording his best throw at 83.80 meters. However, he couldn’t defend his title at Hayward Field, as Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch, a three-time Diamond League champion in 2016, 2017, and 2023, won the title with an impressive throw reaching 84.24 meters. Despite holding the Indian national record at 89.94 meters, none of the athletes managed to cross the 85-meter mark in Eugene.
Chopra had a challenging start with a foul on his first attempt, but managed to secure the second spot with an 83.80-meter mark on his second throw, just behind Jakub Vadlejch. He also had an 81.37-meter throw on his third attempt, but another foul allowed Vadlejch to maintain the lead despite having only one legal throw in his first four attempts.
Jakub Vadlejch secured his victory with an impressive 84.24-meter throw on his final attempt, marking his second win against Chopra in the same year. Finland’s Oliver Helander took the third position with an 83.74-meter throw.
Neeraj Chopra qualified for the Diamond League Final with 23 points from three meetings, while Jakub Vadlejch topped the rankings with 29 points. European Games champion Julian Weber finished second in the Diamond League series with 25 points but missed the final due to injury.
Position Javelin thrower Distance
1 Jakub Vadlejch (CZE) 84.24m
2 Neeraj Chopra (IND) 83.80m
3 Oliver Helander (FIN) 83.74m
4 Andrian Mardare (MDA) 81.79m
5 Curtis Thompson (USA) 77.01m
6 Anderson Peters (GRN) 74.71m