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Chopra Falls In Doha, Bednarek Blitzes Before Olympics

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Doha, (APP – UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 11th May, 2024) Olympic champion javelinist Neeraj Chopra crashed out at the Doha Diamond League on Friday as America’s Kenny Bednarek scorched to a world-leading 19.67sec 200 meters while Paris Olympics are coming.

Chopra’s final throw of 88.36m was just two centimeters behind his Czech rival Jakub Vadlejch, who won silver behind the Indian at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

Elsewhere, Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Steven Gardiner said he “just wanted something” after a dominant 400m victory at the Qatar sports Club Stadium, 11 weeks before the Paris Games.

And Kenyan world title-holder Mary Moraa held off Britain’s Jemma Reekie to win the women’s 800m by half a second in 1:57.91, her best of the season.

After Doha, there are seven more Diamond League meetings around the world – including Paris on July 7 – before the Olympics begin on July 26.

In the javelin, Vadlejch broke 88.38 in his third throw, with Chopra unable to surpass him in his first competition of the season.

“It was a little bit revenge for last year,” said Vadlejch, who lost to Chopra by four centimeters in Doha last year.

“I think it’s a good fight and it’s good for the audience.”

Chopra, who once again missed out on the elite 90m club, vowed to improve next time.

“I am satisfied with the result but I am not satisfied with my effort,” he said. “I think I can do something about it and maybe in the next competition I will throw far.”

– Bednarek ‘ready to go’ –

Bednarek, second to Canada’s Andre De Grasse at Tokyo 2020, set a mark for next month’s US trials with his 19.67, his personal best and a meet record, against a strong 200m field.

The 25-year-old beat his victorious 4x100m World Relays team-mates Courtney Lindsey and Kyree King to second and third place, with Joseph Fahnbulleh completing an American, two, three and four.

“I feel good about the race. I know I’m in this shape, I just need to put it on the track,” Bednarek told AFP.

“I’m healthy, I’m stronger than ever and I’m ready to go.”

Meanwhile Gardiner, of the Bahamas, ran 44.76 to win the 400m ahead of Zambia’s Muzala Samukonga, with Tokyo 2020 relay gold medalist Vernon Norwood of the USA fourth.

“It puts me in a good position,” Gardiner said afterward.

“My health has to come first but this is all I want – just to have a healthy season this year and be first in Paris.”

Kenya’s Moraa, crowned 800m world champion last year in Budapest, was pushed all the way by Reekie, the world indoor silver medallist.

“I can say it was a tough race, we were all in good shape,” Moraa said.

In the men’s long jump, Greek Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou’s 8.36 was only good for second behind Jamaican Carey McLeod’s monster leap of 8.52.

“This is my first competition and I feel a little rusty at the beginning. But every time I get better,” said Tentoglou.

Alison dos Santos of Brazil set a meet-record 46.86 in the men’s 400m hurdles — the fifth-fastest time ever.

And Britain’s Daryll Neita beat America’s Tamari Davis over the line to win the women’s 100m by one hundredth of a second in 10.98.

Brian Komen of Kenya led compatriots Timothy Cheruiyot — the former world champion and Tokyo 2020 silver-medallist — and Reynold Kipkorir Cheruiyot with 3:32.43 in the men’s 1,500m.

In the women’s pole vault, Britain’s world indoor champion Molly Caudery won on countback against reigning world champion Nina Kennedy of Australia after they both cleared 4.73.

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