Reigning Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra becomes the first Indian male to win a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships with his javelin throw of 88.13 m. Chopra’s silver medal in the second World Championships medal for India – the first was a bronze medal for Anju Bobby George in the long jump in 2003.
Neeraj’s historic throw came in the fourth attempt after he struggled a bit initially. Anderson Peters of Grenada won the gold medal with three 90m+ throws and a final hurl of 90.54 in his last attempt. Jakub Vadlejch of Czechia won the bronze with a 88.09m throw, just a little behind of Chopra.
During the press conference held after the finals, Chopra stated, “It may have seemed easy to you but he put in a lot of effort. It was challenging for everyone today. It was a different sort of challenge in the Olympics, so challenging for him that he couldn’t get into the final. It is not nice to compare athletes like this, everyone’s body is different and they react differently.”
Neeraj Chopra has changed the landscape of Indian athletics, presenting India in a new light when it comes to competing sports. Needless to say, several dignitaries and celebrities took to Twitter to praise the young athlete and celebrate his historic victory at the World Championship that is currently being held in Oregon, USA.
President Ramnath Kovind congratulates Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra continues to bring laurels and make the country proud! Heartiest congratulations on a historic sporting accomplishment and winning silver medal in men’s javelin throw at World Athletics Championships. You’re a true champion!
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 24, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Chopra
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
Villagers and family celebrate Chopra’s win
— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2022
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal praises Chopra for the historic win
Neeraj, we are very proud of you! You have not only inspired a generation to take up sports as a career but also made javelin throw one of the most loved athletic sports in India.
My best wishes are with you
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 24, 2022
Additional Directorate General of Public Information, MoD (Army) congratulates Neeraj Chopra
#NeerajChopra has once again made #IndianArmy and the Nation proud. #IndianArmy congratulates Subedar Neeraj Chopra on winning #SilverMedal in men’s #Javelin in World Athletics Championships Oregon 2022 with throw of 88.13 meters.#WCHOregon22 pic.twitter.com/oNsHfJEets
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) July 24, 2022
Sports expert G Rajaraman on Chopra’s historic win
This lad is special, isn’t he. He backs his Olympic Games Javelin Throw gold with a silver in the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 in Eugene on Saturday. It was a show of resilience as he was trailing at the halfway stage & finished second to Grenada’s Anderson Peters. pic.twitter.com/GSAHakX5YY
— G Rajaraman (@g_rajaraman) July 24, 2022
Cricketer Virendra Sehwag too took to Twitter to celebrate Neeraj Chopra’s win
Years from now there is going to be a generation of youngsters for whom “Kya Fenkta Hai” is going to be a massive compliment, thanks to this champion #NeerajChopra .
Once again making India proud with a Silver🥈 at the World Athletics Championship. pic.twitter.com/walAWtyxd3
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 24, 2022