Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Neeraj Chopra, who became only the 2nd Indian to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on Sunday.
Special moment for Indian sports: PM Modi hails history-maker Neeraj Chopra (Reuters Photo)
- Neeraj Chopra won a silver at the World Athletics Championships
- Neeraj threw 88.13m to finish behind Anderson Peters of Grenada
- PM Modi heaped praise on Neeraj for the historic effort
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, July 24 heaped rich praise on Neeraj Chopra after the star India javelin thrower won a silver medal in the World Athletics Championships in Oregon on. PM Modi said Sunday’s medal-winning effort from Neeraj as a special moment in Indian sport.
PM Modi took to social media to congratulate Neeraj, who became the first man to win a World Championships medal as he took silver in men’s javelin with a best throw of 88.13m.
“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,” PM Modi said.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 24, 2022
The legendary long jumper Anju Booby George was the first Indian to win a medal — bronze — in the World Championships in the 2003 edition in Paris.
Chopra began with a foul throw and had 82.39m and 86.37m to be at fourth after three rounds. He got his rhythm back with a big fourth round throw of 88.13m, his fourth career-best effort, to jump to second place, which he held on to till the end. His fifth and sixth throws were fouls.
The Tokyo Olympics gold medalist managed to come back well from a slow start to win the silver medal. The pressure was mounting on the rest of the field after defending champion Anderson Peters laid down the early marker with a throw of 90.14m. However, Neeraj kept his composure to take the silver medal and add to his rich collection of medals.
Defending champion Anderson Peters of Grenada won gold with a best throw of 90.54m while Olympic silver winner Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic took the bronze with 88.09m.
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