Neeraj Chopra after silver win: 'Will try to do better next year'
- Neeraj Chopra won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championship
- Neeraj Chopra is the second Indian to win a medal at the WAC
- Anju Bobby George, the long-jumper, was the first Indian to win a WAC medal
Neeraj Chopra, India’s Olympic gold winner, won silver at the World Athletics Championship men’s javelin throw contest on Saturday, July 24, 2022. With this, the 24-year-old Chopra became the second Indian athlete to win a medal at WAC after Anju Bobby George back in 2003. Following his WAC victory, Chopra said, “While conditions were not good & the wind speed was too high, I was confident I would perform well. I am satisfied with the result, I am happy I was able to win a medal for my country.”
“I will try to do better at the World Championships next year. I also want to thank SAI (Sports Authority of India), TOPS, Athletic Federation of India (AFI) and the government of India for supporting me and allowing me to train abroad. I hope that we’ll get the same support in other sports so that we can make India proud,” said Chopra.
Before Chopra, it was Anju Bobby George who won a medal for India at the World Athletics Championship (WAC). The year was 2003 and the tournament was taking place in Paris, France. Following Neeraj Chopra’s silver medal win, Anju Bobby George tweeted: “Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 for that magic moment…N welcome to the group..it was a long wait… (sic).”
At the World Athletics Championship final on Sunday, Neeraj Chopra had a nervous start. The Olympic gold winner started with a foul throw and subsequently went on to throw 82.39m and 86.37m. He was at the fourth place at the end of three rounds.
When things seemed bleak, Chopra, like a phoenix, rose through the ashes and delivered an 88.13m throw, his fourth-best effort, to jump to the second place and then hold the spot. Chopra’s fifth and sixth throws also ended up being fouls.
Following his silver win, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:
“A great accomplishment by one of our most distinguished athletes! Congratulations to @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning a historic silver medal at the #WorldChampionships. This is a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes to Neeraj for his upcoming endeavours.”