Neeraj Chopra scripts history; bags silver medal in World Championships


Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra wins Silver Medal in men's Javelin Throw with a throw of 88.13m

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra bagged silver medal in the Javelin Throw in the World Athletics Championships, 19 years after Anju Bobby George made history by winning the bronze medal in the long jump at the 2003 World Championships in Paris. His last two throws ended as foul leaving him in the second spot behind gold winner Andersen Peter. Peters threw a best of 90.54 metres on his sixth and final attempt for victory, having led the competition throughout, while Czech Jakub Vadlejch claimed bronze (88.09).

Neeraj Chopra's first attempt ended as a foul throw after being listed as the first thrower in the 12-man Start List of Javelin Throw Final. His attempts of 82.39 m and 86.37 meters, 88.13 placed him second. However, his fifth and most decisive throw ended up in foul.

Click for pictures: Indian 'Spearman' Neeraj wins silver in World Championships

Rohit Yadav, another Indian contestant in the game, finished in the top 10 at the World Championships with his best 78.72m. He improved his 77.95m throw in his first attempt to 78.05 m in the second. Meanwhile, Andersen Peter, who bagged gold, leapfrogged to 90.21 meters throw in his first attempt and 90.46 meters in the second attempt.

Earlier, Neeraj Chopra qualified for his maiden World Championships final with a stunning first attempt throw of 88.39m as India witnessed a historic day at the event with two of its javelin throwers making it to the medal round here.

The 24-year-old Indian superstar, the hot favourite for a medal, opened the Group A qualification round by sending his spear to 88.39m for his third career-best throw, here on Thursday.

Chopra finished second best overall behind defending champion Anderson Peters of Grenada, who topped Group B with his opening round effort of 89.91m.

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