Neeraj Chopra Becomes 2nd Indian To Win A World Athletics Championships Medal With Silver In Oregon

Native American Neeraj Chopra won the silver medal in the men’s javelin final at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon with a best throw of 88.13 m, which he registered on his fourth attempt. Anderson Peters from Grenada won the gold medal with a best throw of 90.54m. Peters threw 90.21m in his first attempt and then improved in his second at 90.46m. He then registered his best throw in his sixth attempt to successfully defend his world title. Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won bronze with a best throw of 88.09m, while Germany’s Julian Weber finished 4th with a best effort of 86.86m. Chopra became only the second Indian – and first Indian man – to win a medal at the World Championships in Athletics, after long jumper Anju Bobby George, who won bronze in 2003.

Chopra started with a foul throw and then registered 82.39m on his second attempt. He improved on his third attempt, when he threw the javelin 86.37m.

He still wasn’t ready for a medal, but he registered a throw of 88.13m on his fourth attempt to shoot from fourth to second.

His fifth and sixth attempts were foul throws.

Chopra had led the qualifying round in Group A and qualified for the final in second place behind Peters by sending his javelin to 88.39m for his third best throw of his career. Peters had led Group B with an effort of 89.91m.

The other Indian in the fight, Rohit Yadav finished 10th with a best throw of 78.72m. Rohit finished 11th overall in the qualifying round with a best throw of 80.42m.

The 21-year-old Indian had set a season and personal best of 82.54m while winning silver at the National Interstate Championships last month.

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Chopra had won Indian athletics’ first gold at the Tokyo Olympics last year. He is only the second Indian to have won an individual gold in the Olympics, after shooter Abhinav Bindra, who won the yellow metal in 2008 in Beijing.

(with PTI inputs)

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