Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra, who won the gold at the recently concluded Tokyo Olympics, has jumped to the second spot in the world rankings of the men's javelin throw. Chopra gained 14 places after his historic feat at the Tokyo Games.
The 23-year-old Chopra, who sent the spear to 87.58m to clinch India's maiden Olympics athletics medal on Saturday, was ranked 16th before the Tokyo Olympics. He had an average performance score of 1224.
His performance score has jumped to 1315, putting him in the second spot of the latest rankings issued by the World Athletics. Chopra is behind the top-ranked Johannes Vetter. Vetter, an German athlete, has an average performance score of 1396. Vetter had come to the Tokyo Olympics as a gold-medal contender, but finished a lowly ninth.
Chopra collected 1296 performance points for topping the Olympic qualification round on August 4 and 1559 points for winning the gold in the final. Three other events of this year -- Federation Cup, Indian Grand Prix-3 and Kuortane Games (Finland) -- where he had come up with big throws were also considered in the ranking process.
Vetter, however, remained on top of the world rankings despite failing to make it to the last eight in the Olympic finals as he was dominating before the Tokyo Games with seven 90m plus throws this year.
Marcin Krukowski of Poland, who also had failed to make it to the Olympics final despite having the season's second-best throw of 89.55m, was third in the latest world rankings with an average performance score of 1302.
Tokyo Olympics silver winner Jakub Vadlejch of Czech Republic was fourth with a score of 1298.
Showpiece events like the Olympics and World Championships carry more points than others in the calculation of world ranking points.
World rankings are normally issued on Wednesday or at the end of major events.