Eugene, July 24 (SO News/Agency) Olympic Golden Boy javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made history in the World Athletics Championship. They have given India their first medal in this championship since 2003. Neeraj won the silver medal by throwing the javelin 88.13 meters in the final of the championship held in the American city of Eugene. Rohit Yadav dropped out of the medal race in the final and finished tenth.
Earlier, India had only one medal (bronze) at the World Championships, which was won by long jump great Anju Bobby George in 2003. Now, after 19 years, India’s second medal, a silver, has come to its account. In the final, Anderson threw the javelin 90.46 meters to win gold, while Neeraj Chopra committed three throw fouls.
Anderson Peters made two consecutive throws over 90 meters in the final. With this he won the gold medal in the final with a best throw of 90.46. Apart from Neeraj, Rohit Yadav was the other Indian in the final but he could not make it to the top-8 after the first three throws and was out of the medal race.
Earlier, world number one javelin thrower Anderson reached the final with a javelin throw of 89.91 meters in the qualifying round. While the second ranked Neeraj threw the javelin 88.39 meters in the qualifying round. World No. 4 Neeraj had to throw the javelin from 90 meters to defeat Anderson in the final, which did not happen. It should be noted that recently Anderson threw 93.07 meters.
Neeraj Chopra has been outstanding in this season so far. The star player achieved two personal bests. He threw 89.30 meters at the Pavo Softball Games in Finland on June 14 and 89.94 meters at the prestigious Stockholm Diamond League event on June 30, falling just six centimeters short of the 90-meter mark. Neeraj recently finished second behind Peters in the Diamond League.