Neeraj Chopra, a well-known Indian javelin thrower, won a silver medal on Saturday at the World Athletics Championship in Oregon.
In his fourth effort, the gold medalist from the Tokyo Olympics threw 88.13 meters to take second place.
Chopra is just the second medalist from India after Anju Bobby George in 2003 and the first Indian to win a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships. After three attempts, Chopra was behind Grenada’s Anderson Peters, who had already thrown a 90.21-meter distance in his first try. The Indian, on the other hand, maintained his composure and, on his fourth try, made an incredible toss.
Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic came in third place, only a hair behind Chopra, with a throw of 88.09m, while Peters took first place with a throw of 90.21m.
Rohit Yadav, an Indian, placed tenth in his first final with a best throw of 78.72 meters.
Chopra committed two fouls—in his first try and his fifth attempt—but all it took was one accurate throw to enter him into the record books. Read More
Highlights of the Neeraj Chopra javelin throw competition at the 2022 World Athletics Championship: Neeraj Chopra, the reigning Olympic champion, earns a historic silver medal with his enormous fourth-attempt throw of 88.13 metres. Neeraj is the second Indian track and field athlete to place on the podium, following the renowned long jumper Anju Bobby George, who came third in the 2003 World Championships in Paris. Neeraj is the first Indian track and field athlete to win a medal at a major championship. He made a foul throw to start the match before improving on his second attempt of 82.39 metres with a toss of 86.37 metres. His last two throws were fouls, but his 88.13m throw on his fourth attempt left him in the running for the silver medal. The other Indian present was Rohit Yadav.