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Neeraj Chopra, Kishore Jena confirmed to begin 2024 season at Doha Diamond League

Published at :May 6, 2024 at 11:24 PM
Modified at :May 19, 2024 at 8:54 PM
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Ajay Gandhar

Indian javelin stars look to make early statement against elite field.

Tokyo Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and Asian Games silver medalist Kishore Jena will kick off their 2024 season at the highest level when they compete in the Doha Diamond League javelin event on May 10th. The 10-man men’s javelin field is stacked with talent, setting the stage for an early marquee showdown in the Olympic year.

The competition will also have the likes of former world champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, as well as Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic and fellow medalist Julius Yego of Kenya. Notably absent are German star Johannes Vetter, who has battled injuries over the past three years, and young phenom Max Dehning of Germany – the only thrower to eclipse 90m so far in 2024.

For Chopra, the Diamond League opener represents his return to action for the first time since his golden performance at the Asian Games in Hangzhou last year. The Olympic champion finished as runner-up in the 2022 Diamond League final and will be keen to make a strong statement early in the Olympic season.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Jena will be looking to build on his breakout 2023 campaign that saw him claim a silver medal at the Asian Games with a personal best throw of 87.54m. That result booked his maiden Olympic berth for Paris, and a debut Diamond League appearance in Doha presents an opportunity to gain invaluable experience against an elite field.

All eyes will be on Chopra to potentially end the drought and become the first Indian to eclipse the legendary 90m barrier – something he has targeted ahead of the Paris Olympics.

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Doha Diamond League 2024: Entry List

  • Athlete: Neeraj Chopra
    • Country: India
    • Season Best: NIL
    • Personal Best: 89.94m
  • Athlete: Dean Roderik Genki
    • Country: Japan
    • Season Best: 78.04m
    • Personal Best: 84.28m
  • Athlete: Oliver Helander
    • Country: Finland
    • Season Best: NIL
    • Personal Best: 89.83m
  • Athlete: Kishore Jena
    • Country: India
    • Season Best: NIL
    • Personal Best: 87.54m
  • Athlete: Andrian Mardare
    • Country: Moldova
    • Season Best: NIL
    • Personal Best: 86.66m
  • Athlete: Edis Matusevicius
    • Country: Lithuania
    • Season Best: NIL
    • Personal Best: 89.17m
  • Athlete: Anderson Peters
    • Country: Grenada
    • Season Best: 80.69m
    • Personal Best: 93.07m
  • Athlete: Curtis Thompson
    • Country: USA
    • Season Best: 81.09m
    • Personal Best: 87.70m
  • Athlete: Jakub Vadlejch
    • Country: Czech Republic
    • Season Best: 87.00m
    • Personal Best: 90.88m
  • Athlete: Julius Yego
    • Country: Kenya
    • Season Best: 81.74m
    • Personal Best: NIL

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