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Chopra set to qualify for Diamond League Final but Asiad schedule coming in way

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Star thrower has a good chance to qualify for the prestigious Final on August 30 but the narrow gap between the meet in and his event could leave the in a tight spot.

Chopra finished fifth in the (Morocco) leg of the series yesterday with a best throw of 83.32m. He collected four points from there and now has a total of 12 points to be placed at sixth spot in the standings.

One Diamond League Meeting (which includes javelin) is scheduled for August 18 in but Chopra is not taking part in it even though events at start on August 25. The men's final in the Asiad will be held on August 27, barely three days before the Diamond League Final.

The top 8 or 12 athletes (depending on the discipline) will be awarded a start at the Diamond League Final. Out of the 32 events (men and women) in the league, half of them, including men's javelin, will have their Final in on August 30. The Final of the remaining events will be competed in on August 31.

Before Rabat, Chopra has taken part in two other Diamond League Meetings. He finished fourth while collecting five points in on May 4 and sixth, with 3 points, in Eugene (USA) on May 25.

"I am not taking part in because of I will be directly going to from (where the group is undergoing training). My final event in Asian Games is on August 27 and as of now I don't know whether I will be in or not," Chopra told

"I will try my best to be there (Zurich) but I cannot say with certainty. Let us see," said the reigning champion who has a personal best of 87.43m.

The 14-leg Diamond League Meetings are prestigious events competed among elite athletes of the world. The top eight finishers in each leg gets prize money. The eight-place finisher gets USD 1000 while the winner pockets USD 10,000.

For the Diamond League Final in Zurich and Brussels, the prize money has been enhanced with the eight-place finisher getting USD 2,000 and the winner pocketing USD 50,000.

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First Published: Sat, July 14 2018. 15:55 IST