Olympic star Neeraj Chopra created yet another historic record for India by winning a silver medal with an in-game stellar throw in the javelin final at the World Championships in Athletics on Sunday.
The Olympic gold winner, who rose to fame with his throw at the Tokyo Olympics last year, took silver with his 88.13m jump shot at Hayward Field in Oregon.
The highest ranking went to the defending champion, Grenadian player Anderson Peters. He won the gold medal with a power throw of 90.54 metres.
Jakob Vdlejch of the Czech Republic, who was also an Olympic silver medalist, won the bronze medal with his 88.90m jump shot.
In his career best effort, Chopra achieved his opening free-kick, followed by throws of 82.39m and 86.37m in the second and third rounds. But on his fourth launch, which flew a distance of 88.13 metres, Chopra won the silver medal.
His fifth and sixth moves were also recorded as fouls.
But the 24-year-old Indian javelin champion finished first in the qualifying round of Group A and sent up his javelin for his third career throw of 88.39m, finishing second behind Star Peters in the final.
It was succeeded by Peters, who led Group B with a throw of 89.91m.
Till now, India had secured only one bronze medal at the World Championships. The famous jumper Anju Bobby George made her mark in Paris in 2003.
He congratulated Chopra on Twitter for the “magical moment” after a “long wait”.
Chopra said that he is very happy to have won a silver medal for India.
“Even though the conditions were not good and the wind speed was very high, I was confident that I would do well. I am satisfied with the result, happy to win a medal for my country.”
“I am very happy today, as I have won silver medal for the country. I will try to do better in the world championship next year. I would also like to thank SAI, TOPS, Athletics Federation and Government of India for their support. and allowed me to train abroad.I hope we will get the same support in other sports so that we can make India proud.
Congratulatory messages of victory reached the Indian sports star from many other leaders and symbols of the South Asian country.
“A great achievement by one of our most iconic athletes! Congratulations to Neeraj Chopra on his historic achievement of a silver medal at the World Championships. It’s a special time for Indian sports. Best wishes to Neeraj for his next endeavours,” said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said soon after the victory was declared.
Indian Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju praised Chopra’s courage.
“Neeraj Chopra created history again by winning a silver medal at the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon. He became the first person and second Indian to win a medal at the World Championships after long jumper Anju Bobby George’s bronze in 2003,” he said.
“Boys and girls can follow a suggestion from Neeraj Chopra. Neeraj was not complacent after winning the Olympic gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He worked even harder to make India proud,” said the Indian minister.
Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar also took to Twitter to congratulate Chopra.
“Neeraj Chopra has added another blonde to his name! India is very proud of you! Hearty congratulations on winning the silver medal in men’s javelin throw at the World Athletics Championships.