Neeraj Chopra wins the World Athletics Championships’ first gold medal for an Indian.
Neeraj Chopra made Indian athletics history when he won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
The ‘golden kid of Indian athletics’ achievement of winning a gold medal in this illustrious competition cemented his place in history.
Neeraj’s outstanding accomplishment happened in the wee hours of August 28 as he faced up against rivals from around the globe. He demonstrated tremendous skill by throwing brilliantly on his second attempt, measuring 88.17 meters, sealing his victory in the competition.
With this outstanding effort,
Neeraj not only won the gold medal but also solidified his status as an Indian sports pioneer on a global scale.
With a silver medal in hand, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, another strong competitor, finished only behind Neeraj’s accomplishment. Nadeem managed a remarkable throw of 87.82 meters, continuing his stellar performance from past Commonwealth Games appearances.
Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic earned the third position on the podium by showcasing his talent with a best throw of 86.67 meters.
“This is a very proud moment for our country as we got a gold medal in the World Championship as well,” Neeraj’s father Satish Kumar, who was obviously pleased with his son’s accomplishment, told ANI. We’ll have a party when Neeraj gets back to India.
Best wishes to Neeraj Chopra
Congratulatory letters flooded in from all directions as word of Neeraj’s historic victory spread. Anurag Thakur, India’s Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, was among the revelers and lauded Neeraj’s accomplishment as a turning point in Indian athletic history.
He expressed his happiness and respect for the athlete’s remarkable achievement on social media.
The Indian Army praised Neeraj’s accomplishment along with other well-wishers.
The Indian Army congratulated him on his great accomplishment on numerous social media channels, recognizing it as such.
With his gold medal, Neeraj not only contributes to his individual record but also raises India’s total number of medals from the World Athletics Championships. His first medal overall came in the form of a silver he won earlier in the competition.
Watch Neeraj Chopra’s million-dollar response to Arshad Nadeem being denied a Pakistan flag, which becomes viral online.
Neeraj Chopra of India and Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan produced a thriller of a match in the early hours of Monday in Budapest, leaving fans on the edge of their seats in the men’s javelin final at World Athletics Championships that ultimately resulted in both the players writing history,
while sports fans of the subcontinent prepare for the India versus Pakistan blockbuster in the Asia Cup in cricket.
Neeraj won India’s first-ever gold medal at the World Championships while Nadeem, who came in second, earned Pakistan’s first-ever medal in the competition’s history. The two athletes were separated by less than a meter in the nail-biting race.
After attempting a foul throw to start the summit battle, Neeraj propelled himself to the top of the standings with his best throw of 88.17 meters on his second try. The defending Commonwealth Games champion, Nadeem, overcame a sluggish start to pose a tough challenge with his season-best throw of 87.82 meters in his third try, which instantly saw him move into second place.
Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic won the bronze with the greatest throw of 86.67 meters as they were tied at the top of the leaderboard right up until the very end.
Neeraj and Nadeem hugged each other after the historic gold medal victory. Nadeem was not included in the picture when the Indian and Jakub afterward appeared in front of the cameras holding their respective flags,
as has become custom. The silver medalist was left holding the Pakistani flag, but Neeraj pulled off a million-dollar ruse by inviting him to join them for photos as they posed with the Indian flag in the background.
For the first time, India sent three athletes to the final. Kishore Jena finished fifth with a best distance of 84.77 meters, while DP Manu placed sixth with a best distance of 84.14 meters.
Now, India has medals in every color, and Neeraj is the proud owner of two of them.
At the World Championships the previous year, he had won the silver medal. Anju Bobby George, who won a bronze medal for the women’s long jump at the 2003 World Championships, was India’s last medallist before he won two.
After the renowned shooter Abhinav Bindra, Neeraj is now the first Indian to hold the Olympic and World Championships gold medals simultaneously.
With the victory, Neeraj became the Olympic champion and the reigning World Championships gold medalist.
At the ages of 23 and 25, Bindra won the World Championships and the Olympics, respectively. In addition, he is the third javelin thrower in history to simultaneously hold the Olympic and World Championships titles, joining the legendary Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway and Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic.