Chopra, 25, had missed three major tournaments owing to a muscular problem incurred while training last month, but he returned with a bang, winning the Diamond League title here with an 87.66m fifth-round throw.
eeraj Chopra returned from a one-month injury layoff to claim the top spot in the Lausanne leg of the Diamond League on Friday, his second straight win of the season in the renowned one-day meeting series.
Chopra, 25, had missed three major tournaments due to a muscular strain incurred while training last month, but he returned with a bang, winning the Diamond League title here with a fifth-round throw of 87.66m. He started with a foul and then threw 83.52m and 85.04m. He fouled again in the fourth round before making his winning throw of 87.66m. His sixth and last throw was 84.15 metres.
Julian Weber of Germany finished second with a best throw of 87.03m, and Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic finished third with an 86.13m effort. Chopra won his first Diamond League title in August of last year when he won the Lausanne leg. A month later, he won the Diamond League trophy in the grand finale.
On May 5, the Indian superstar won the season-opening Diamond League meeting in Doha with a throw of 88.67m. His personal best is 89.94m. Murali Sreeshankar of India finished sixth in the men’s long jump with a below-par jump of 7.88m in the third round.
The 24-year-old Sreeshankar, who placed third in the Paris leg on June 9 for his first Diamond League podium result, had earlier this month produced a career-best 8.41m during the National Inter-State Championships in Bhubaneswar.