“The hunger for gold will continue”: Neeraj Chopra clinches historic silver medal at the 2022 World Athletics Championships


“The hunger for gold will continue”: Neeraj Chopra clinches historic silver medal at the 2022 World Athletics Championships

Neeraj Chopra

The 2022 World Athletics Championships are coming to an end, and needless to say the 10 days of action have been jam packed with some of the best performances of the season. The penultimate day saw the men’s javelin finals take place, a much awaited event as massive throws by athletes in qualifying ensured for tight and exciting competition. Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra qualified for the finals in his very first throw, and the expeditions of a medal lay on his shoulders.

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Chopra was expected to face tough competition by Andersen Peters, who out qualified him in the qualification round. Peters registered a massive throw of 90.54m in his sixth attempt to clinch the title in the men’s javelin throw. However, Chopra was not far behind, as the Olympic champ took his time to register a good throw. His fourth attempt was the silver medal moment, as he registered a throw of 88.13m.

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Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win silver at World Athletics Championships

Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra

With this historic silver medal, Neeraj Chopra became just the second Indian athlete- and first male Indian athlete- to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships. Long jumper Anju Bobby George took the first ever medal for India in long jump back in 2003. Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch took third place with a best throw of 88.09m, while Germany’s Julian Weber finished 4th with an attempt of 86.86m. 

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The other young Indian in the mix, Rohit Yadav, finished a respectable 10th in the men’s finals. The first world championships for the youngster saw him register a best throw of 78.72m. The World Athletics Championships have proved to be a promising point for all Indian athletes, with respectable performances being seen over the last 10 days.

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