Johannes Vetter Offered Redemption Against Neeraj Chopra in Javelin Throw Showdown After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/21/2021, 3:18 PM EDT


Indian golden boy, Neeraj Chopra, created history when he won the gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020. However, his journey towards excellence has just started. The 23-year-old will soon be competing at the upcoming Diamond League to showcase his talent.

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Neeraj is only the second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal, with a stunning throw of 87.58 meters. In addition to this, he is also ranked as world No. 2 by the World Athletics Organisation. Furthermore, the Indian not only competes on the field but also serves as a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army. The Indian superstar is all about inspiration and relentless hard-work.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s Javelin Throw – Final – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Neeraj Chopra of India, Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic and Vitezslav Vesely of Czech Republic celebrate with their national flags after winning gold, silver and bronze, respectively REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

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The Diamond League is an annual series of elite track and field athletic competitions. Furthermore, it comprises fourteen of the best invitational athletics meetings. The series sits in the top tier of the World Athletics one-day meeting competitions. The series will be completing its 11th year in Doha, Qatar.

The winner of this competition in each discipline at the final is awarded a Diamond League Trophy and 30,000 USD in prize money.

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The competition between Neeraj Chopra and Johannes Vetter

After an exhilarating Olympic battle between Neeraj Chopra and the Czechs- Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely, the world is certainly expecting more. Post his recording setting performance, Chopra looks positive to take on the competition in Paris later this month.

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Even though Neeraj skipped the events in London, and continued to train in Sweden for the Olympics, he has something to say about his debut in Paris.  “I’m really looking forward to making my Diamond League debut and giving my best. This competition has been a target ever since the World Championships in Bydgoszcz and I’ve been working really hard in Patiala in the run-up to this,” said Chopra.

Competing alongside Neeraj, the German record holder, Johannes Vetter has a personal best of 97.76 m. Earlier this year, Johannes Vetter had claimed that it would be difficult for Chopra to beat him at the Tokyo Olympics. Unfortunately, the German athlete who was a serious medal hope, couldn’t even finish in the top 3 in the men’s javelin throw final.

Post his shocking exit from the Summer Games, the 28-year-old German had something to say to Neeraj. “He is a really talented guy, always really friendly. I am happy for him. He has another blocking technique as he showed in the qualification. He did a great job“.

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The battle seems to be heating up nicely. Both of them are definitely aiming for the gold but, let’s see who gets to take it home.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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