Neeraj Chopra clinches India’s first-ever silver medal with historic throw of 88.13m in World Athletics Championships

Neeraj Chopra clinches India’s first-ever silver medal with historic throw of 88.13m in World Athletics Championships

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NEW DELHI, 24 JULY: Tokyo Olympics javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra on Sunday won the country’s only second medal after 19-year long wait at the World Athletics Championships, finishing with historic silver in the men’s javelin final. He threw 88.13 m in his fourth attempt.

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This was India’s second medal at the World Championships and the first podium finish since Anju Bobby George won a bronze medal in long jump at Paris in 2003.

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has congratulated Neeraj Chopra on winning a Silver Medal at the World Championships in Men’s Javelin.

In response to a tweet by Sports Authority of India, the Prime Minister said; “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.”

Chopra’s best effort of 88.13m in the final at the Hayward Field was short of Anderson Peters’ gold medal-winning mark of 90.54m while Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Jakub Vadlejch won the bronze with 88.09m.

The 24-year old Indian, who made the cut for the Oregon 2022 men’s javelin throw final courtesy an 88.39m mark in the qualification, made a disappointing start with a foul.

Trailing outside the top three after his first three attempts, Neeraj’s massive throw escalated him to the second position, only behind reigning World Champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who took gold with a humongous throw of 90.54m. In fact, all his attempts breached the 90m-mark.

Neeraj, who required only one attempt in the qualifiers to book his place in the final, was always going to be a strong medal contender, but after his first three attempts, those hopes had partially diminished. Neeraj began with a foul, and followed it with a second attempt of 82.38m. It was accompanied by a huge dream but the throw had more noise than precision. He improved on it with a decent throw of 86.37 in his third but was still outside the top three, behind Peterson, Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic and Germany’s Julian Weber.

However, the fourth attempt is where things turned drastically for Neeraj. Chopra came running, took his position and unleashed a huge scream. With a fist pump in the air, Neeraj knew he had gotten this one right and his assessment couldn’t have been more spot on. The throw had surpassed Vadlejch’s best by just that much. Neeraj’s fifth and sixth attempts resulted in two more fouls but it did not matter. Vadlejch’s best of 88.03 secured him a bronze medal finish, followed by Weber at fourth.

It was only the fifth time that the javelin throw final was won with a 90m-plus throw in the 18 editions of the World Championships.

Another Indian javelin thrower — Rohit Yadav — finished 10th with a best attempt of 78.72m, which came in his third attempt. His two earlier attempts measured 77.96m and 78.05m.

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