Eighteen-year-old Neeraj Chopra, Javelin thrower became India’s second person to win the Gold medal at IAAF world championship event. Neeraj broke the under- twenty world record by almost two meters.
His first javelin throw was marked at distance of 79.66 meters, and the second one was a game changer which marked 86.48 meters. On the other hand, Johan gobbler from South Africa won the silver medal with the throw of 80.59 meters, while Anderson peters from Granada won the bronze medal.
The record established puts Neeraj ahead of defending Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago.
Speaking about his achievement, he said: “When the spear left my hand on that second throw, I had a feeling that this was a special throw. I don’t think I expected it to go over 86 meters but since the last couple of months, I have worked hard on my fitness, my technique and it all paid off today,”
The athlete has been on success spot on the world stage previously too. He has won the gold medal at the South Asian Championships held earlier this year in Guwahati, and also the silver at the Asian Junior Championships held last month.