Star Indian javelin throw athlete Neeraj Chopra made history on Thursday, becoming the first-ever Indian to win the prestigious Diamond League trophy, a top-tier athletics competition, achieving the best throw of 88.44 m to clinch one of the biggest wins of his career. His best throw of 88.44 m came in his second attempt.
Meanwhile, The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made artificial ponds for the immersion of Ganesh idols in Mumbai.
This comes after BMC asked the citizens to immerse Ganesha idols made of Plaster of Paris (PoP) in artificial lakes or ponds to encourage people to reduce pollution.
According to the civic body, 162 artificial ponds and 73 natural immersion sites are available for immersion. Speaking to ANI, Assistant Municipal Commissioner Ramakant Biradar said, “162 artificial ponds and 73 natural immersion sites are there. Lifeguards deployed. All necessary arrangements have been made.” Ganesh Chaturthi is a ten-day long festival which began on August 31 and will end on September 9 with Visarjan. This festival marks the birth of Lord Ganesha.
Neeraj Chopra did not get off to a good start as his first attempt was declared a ‘no throw’. Meanwhile, Jakub Vadlejch took the lead with a throw of 84.15 m. Neeraj made his way back into the competition with a superb throw of 88.44 m in his second attempt, which pushed him to the top of the table.
Vadlejch was chasing him with a throw of 86.00 m. The Olympic gold medalist continued with the momentum gained during the previous throw, throwing the javelin to the distance of 88.00m. He maintained his lead throughout the third attempt by all athletes. Vadlejch, his closest competitor lost momentum as his throw was declared a ‘no throw’.
The fourth attempt saw Neeraj throw the javelin to a distance of 86.11 m. At the end of the fourth attempt, Neeraj was still in the lead, with Vadlejch being his closest challenger with a throw of 86.94m in his fourth attempt. Neeraj threw the javelin to the distance of 87.00 m.
He still remained in the lead at the end of five attempts by all players, with Vadlejch chasing him with a throw of 83.95 m in the fifth attempt, but he was still quite far from the star Indian athlete.