Neeraj Chopra scripted historical past but once more, successful India its first gold medal on the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.
Chopra, who gained India’s maiden Olympic gold in athletics two years in the past in Tokyo, completed on high within the males’s javelin throw last on Sunday with a throw of 88.17 metres in his second try, ending India’s four-decade anticipate a maiden gold medal on this planet championships because the match started in 1983.
Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem completed second with a season-best effort of 87.82 metres whereas Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch gained bronze with a throw of 86.67m.
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India’s Kishore Jena, who practically didn’t compete within the worlds after his Hungarian visa was initially rejected, completed within the high 5 with a private finest effort of 84.77 metres whereas DP Manu was sixth with a finest effort of 84.14m.
This was the primary time three Indians completed within the high eight in an occasion within the World Championships.
The 25-year-old Chopra achieved his finest throw of the day in his second try. He had a foul to begin with, however then obtained 88.17m, 86.32m, 84.64m, 87.73m and 83.98m.
Chopra has now grow to be solely the second Indian — after legendary shooter Abhinav Bindra — to concurrently maintain the Olympics and World Championships title. Bindra gained the World Championships title when he was 23, and the Olympics gold at 25.
Chopra, who had grow to be the primary Indian Olympic monitor and discipline gold medallist in Tokyo Video games in 2021, had gained a silver within the 2022 version of World Championships in Eugene, USA.
Earlier than him, legendary lengthy jumper Anju Bobby George had gained a bronze within the 2003 World Championships.
The Indian famous person additionally turned solely the third javelin thrower in historical past to concurrently maintain the Olympics and World Championships titles after the enduring Jan Zelezny of Czech Republic and Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway.
Zelezny clinched Olympics gold in 1992, 1996 and 2000 whereas successful World Championships title in 1993, 1995 and 2001. Thorkildsen gained gold in 2008 Olympics and 2009 World Championships.
Along with his feat on Sunday, Chopra has gained each title his sport has to supply. He has gained gold within the Asian Video games (2018) and Commonwealth Video games (2018), moreover 4 particular person Diamond League Assembly titles (two every in 2022 and 2023) and Diamond League champion’s trophy final 12 months.
He additionally turned junior world champion in 2016 and gained the Asian Championships title in 2017.