The Throw That Sealed A Silver Medal: Neeraj Chopra continued to make history for India on Sunday as he won his gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics along with a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Chopra has become the second Indian after long jumper Anju Bobby George to win a medal at the World Championships.
While Grenada’s Anderson Peters won the gold with a best throw of 90.54m, Chopra’s best effort was 88.13m which saw him surpass Czech Republic’s Jacob Vadledge for the silver medal. As he threw, Chopra roared loudly, knowing that he had achieved something special even before the spear landed.
Watch: The throw that won Neeraj Chopra silver at the World Athletics Championships
Wadledge won the bronze with a best throw of 88.09m, while Germany’s Julian Weber finished fourth with a best effort of 86.86m.
Chopra threw 88.13m in his fourth attempt. He started with a foul throw and then registered a throw of 82.39m. He improved his performance with a throw of 86.37m in his third attempt, but he was fourth at that level.
Neeraj Chopra At World Athletics Championships
This was followed by his silver-winning throw, after which he threw two fouls.
Anderson Peters, however, was too good for Chopra, making three throws that crossed the elusive 90m mark.
He recorded throws of 90.21m, 90.46m and 90.54m in his first, second and sixth attempt respectively.
Chopra had qualified for the javelin throw final with a throw of 88.39m on Friday.