Neeraj Chopra Wins Silver At World Athletics Championships
24-year-old, Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra proved himself by making another history as he became only the second Indian and first male track and field athlete to win a medal in the World Championships by clinching silver in the javelin throw of 88.13m. Defending champion Anderson Peters of Grenada won gold with a best throw of 90.54m while Olympic silver winner Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic got the bronze with 88.09m. India waited for 19-years to get this medal at the worlds Championship.
As before than this, It was in the year 2003 that the the legendary Anju Bobby George from kerala became the first Indian to win a medal. She won the bronze in the long jump in the 2003 edition in Paris.
Neeraj started with a foul throw and had 82.39m and 86.37m to be at fourth after three rounds. But he was able to do a comeback 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.
Also the other Indian Rohit Yadav was able to finished at 10th position with his best throw of 78.72m
Neeraj Chopra said, “In the first three throws, I did not feel good,” My warm-up was not good. I felt something in my groin during the throw but I think it is OK.” It was a good experience today. Also to throw with such wind, I learned something from this. After the qualification, I felt good and was thinking about the personal best but everyday is different and there were some complications. So, I am glad for my silver today.”