Neeraj Chopra bags silver in the men’s javelin at the 2022 World Athletics Championships, becoming only the second Indian and first male track and field athlete to win a medal in the prestigious tournament. Chopra, who is also the first Indian to win a track and field gold medal at the Olympic Games, won the silver medal with a throw of 88.13m. See cricket match today here!
“While conditions were not good and the wind speed was too high, I was confident I would perform well. I am satisfied with the result, I am happy I was able to win a medal for my country,” Chopra said. “I am feeling very happy today as I won a silver medal for the country. I will try to do better at the World Championships next year.”
The 24-year-old started with a foul throw and had 82.39m and 86.37m to be at fourth after three rounds. His best throw came in the fourth round to finish second, which he held until the end. The legendary Anju Bobby George, who won bronze in the women’s long jump in 2003 and the first Indian to win a medal in the World Championships, congratulated Chopra “for the historic moment”.
“I’m really happy and excited that after a long wait of 19 years, we have won our second World Championships medal,” said George, who is the current senior vice president of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI). “This is continuing on from Neeraj’s performance at the Olympics, where he was able to produce his best on a stage like this.” The Indian Prime Minister also acknowledged the victory.
“A great accomplishment by one of our most distinguished athletes! Congratulations to Neeraj Chopra on winning a historic Silver medal at the World Championships. This is a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes to Neeraj for his upcoming endeavors,” Indian PM Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter. The other Indian, Rohit Yadav finished at 10th with a best throw of 78.72m.
Chopra has now completed the set of major medals, bagging gold in the Olympics, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and a silver medal in the World Athletics Championships. Meanwhile, Anderson Peters of Grenada won the gold medal with a best throw of 90.54m, becoming only the second man in history to defend his Worlds gold with a 90.54m throw since Jan Zelezny of Czech Republic in 1993-95.
The 24-year-old Peters, who topped Group B with an effort of 89.91m, bettered his first attempt of 90.21m in the second throw before registering his best throw in his sixth attempt. Peters failed to reach the final of the Tokyo Olympics. Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic, who won silver in the Olympics, finished third with a throw of 88.09m.
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