New Delhi: India’s star javelin thrower and Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra won the second position at the World Athletics Championships, finishing with a historic silver in the men’s javelin final with a 88.13m throw. Neeraj’s throw of 88.13m in his fourth attempt. After his Olympic gold medal in Tokyo, this is Neeraj Chopra’s biggest career achievement at the senior level.
It's a historic World Championship Medal for #India 🇮🇳
Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra wins Silver Medal in men's Javelin Throw final of the #WorldAthleticsChamps with a throw of 88.13m
Congratulations India!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/nbbGYsw4Mr
— Athletics Federation of India (@afiindia) July 24, 2022
Now, Neeraj Chopra has become first Indian man and the second Indian to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships. He’s throw of 88.13m in his fourth attempt secured him of not only a podium finish but also ended India’s 29-year-long wait for a medal at the World’s after Anju Bobby George’s bronze medal finish in the women’s long jump way back in 2003.
At the World Athletics Championships, Grenada’s Anderson Peters won the gold medal with a best throw of 90.54m. Chopra began with a foul throw and had 82.39m and 86.37m to be at fourth after three rounds. He got his rhythm back with a big fourth round throw of 88.13m, his fourth career-best effort, to jump to second place, which he held on to till the end. His fifth and sixth throws were fouls. Olympic silver winner Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic took the bronze with 88.09m.
Last month, Neeraj Chopra, 21-year-old, Indian had recorded a season’s and personal best of 82.54m while winning a silver at the National Inter-State Championships. Besides Neeraj, India’s second participant in the event Rohit Yadav bowed out finishing 10th with a best throw of 78.62m. Rohit’s first throw reached 77.96m, before he improved on it marginally by hitting the 78.05m mark. In what would turn out to be his third and final attempt, Rohit finished with his best effort of the competition but would overall be disappointed with his performance as he had had recorded a season’s and personal best of 82.54m while winning a silver at the National Inter-State Championships last month.