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Odisha’s Rising Star Kishore Jena Set for Diamond League Debut in Doha

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s celebrated javelin thrower, Kishore Jena, gears up for his much-anticipated debut in the prestigious Diamond League. The 28-year-old athlete, fresh from a remarkable season in 2023, is poised to continue his stellar performance on the international stage.

According to reports from PTI, Jena is set to mark his entry into the elite realm of the Diamond League at the event scheduled in Doha on May 10. The Diamond League stands as a pinnacle in the world of track and field, bringing together top athletes from across the globe in a series of 15 invitational competitions.

Jena’s outstanding achievements in the previous season, including a commendable fifth-place finish at the 2023 Budapest World Championships and a silver medal at the Hangzhou Asian Games with a personal best throw of 87.54 meters, have propelled him into the spotlight. Now, with his sights set on the Diamond League, Jena is prepared to showcase his prowess among the world’s best athletes.

Among the formidable competitors awaiting Jena in Doha is none other than India’s reigning Olympic and World champion, Neeraj Chopra. With a personal best throw of 89.94 meters, Chopra is geared up to defend his title and aims to break the coveted 90-meter barrier in the upcoming season.

Reflecting on his aspirations for the season, Chopra expressed his eagerness to kick off his campaign in Doha, citing the favorable conditions and electrifying atmosphere of the event as conducive to achieving his goals.

The absence of men’s javelin throw in the first two Diamond League meetings of 2024, held in Xiamen and Shanghai, only adds to the anticipation surrounding Jena’s debut in Doha. As he prepares to take on the world’s best in the prestigious league, Jena embodies the spirit of Odisha’s sporting excellence and is primed to make his mark on the global stage.

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