Paris Diamond League: Neeraj Chopra finishes fifth in elite 10-man field


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Competing in his first senior competition, Neeraj finished at the fifth spot with a best throw of 84.67 metres.

Neeraj Chopra impressed at the World Junior Championship previously (Photo: AFI)

Paris: Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra finished at a respectable fifth position in a 10-man elite field after producing a best effort of 84.67m at the prestigious Diamond League here on Sunday.

The 19-year-old Neeraj, who has a personal best of 86.48m, managed a distance of 84.67m on his third attempt after starting with 79.54m in his first attempt. He threw 81.32m in the second attempt.

The world junior champion, however, managed 78.69m and 79.52m in the next two attempts to settle for a fifth position. Germany's Johannes Vetter managed a distance of 88.74m to clinch the gold medal, Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch bagged the silver with a personal best throw of 88.02m, while Olympic champion Rohler of Germany finished third with a best effort of 87.23m.

Neeraj will next take part in the Asian Athletics Championship in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9.