Neeraj Chopra wins Diamond League trophy 2022, becomes first Indian to do so

Neeraj Chopra competes in the men's javelin event during the 2022 Diamond League athletics meeting in Lausanne FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

Neeraj Chopra won the Diamond Trophy - handed out to winners of the Diamond League final every year - with a throw of 88.44m. He is the first Indian to ever win the prestigious trophy.

A weakened field, missing world champion Anderson Peters (due to injury) and Commonwealth Games champion Arshad Nadeem (due to not having enough points), posed little trouble for reigning Olympic champion Chopra.

He started with a foul, before the big throw in his second attempt. With the men's and women's javelin event happening simultaneously, Chopra had to wait quite a bit before his trophy could be confirmed.

Olympic silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic finished second with a best throw of 86.94m. Rounding off the podium places was Julian Weber of Germany, with a best throw of 83.73m.

Meanwhile, Chopra had looked confident that the second throw was a good one - with a trademark look-back, yell and index finger raise before the javelin even landed. He followed that up with throws of 88.00m, 86.11m, 87.00m and 83.60m

Chopra had started his 2022 season late, after nearly a year out post the Olympics. He had won silver in the World Championships, behind one of the all-time great worlds displays from Peters. He had then skipped the Commonwealth Games after suffering a minor strain at the Worlds.

Chopra had qualified for the Diamond League final after finishing first in the Diamond League leg at Lausanne (the first Indian to win a DL event), and second in the Stockholm leg (where he broke the national record).