Scripting history , Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra clinched the silver medal in the men’s javelin throw final at the prestigious World Athletics Championships in Eugene.
Neeraj recorded a distance of 88.13m in his fourth-attempt throw and secured the second position.
The Olympic medallist started the proceedings with a foul throw, which was followed by 82.39m and 86.37m. It was finally in the fourth attempt when he recorded the distance of 88.13m, which put him in contention for the silver medal.
The last two attempts by Neeraj went foul throws, and thus, he ended up in the second position. The first position was held by defending champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who recorded a distance of 90.54m.
Neeraj also became India’s first ever track and field athlete to take the silver medal in the World Championships, and second to bag a podium finish after the legendary long jumper Anju Bobby George had finished third in the Paris Worlds in 2003.
On the other hand, World Championships debutant Rohit Yadav finished at the 10th position after making attempts of 78.72m, 78.05m and 77.95m
Soon after his epic show wishes poured in
Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the way with his tweet
A great accomplishment by one of our most distinguished athletes!
Congratulations to @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning a historic Silver medal at the #WorldChampionships. This is a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes to Neeraj for his upcoming endeavours. https://t.co/odm49Nw6Bx
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 24, 2022
Anurag Thakur, Minister of Sports, Youth Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting
Neeraj Chopra continues his winning streak!
Neeraj has now won medal at every Global event !
Watch this 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/YF455oople
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) July 24, 2022
S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister
Congratulate @Neeraj_chopra1 for a scintillating silver medal performance at the World Athletics Championships.
A commendable achievement that will take Indian sport forward.
— Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) July 24, 2022
Kiren Rijiju, Law Minister
Neeraj Chopra has created history again by winning a silver medal at World Athletics Championship in Oregon. He becomes the 1st man and the 2nd Indian to win medal at the World Championships after long-jumper Anju Bobby George’s bronze in 2003.
Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/H6epZwCMPu
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 24, 2022
Abhinav Bindra, Beijing Olympics Gold Medal winner
Many congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 for your silver at the worlds ! You make us proud. Well done and the best for the rest of the season.
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) July 24, 2022