Neeraj Chopra wins silver: Celebrations in Panipat, PM Modi’s message for athlete
- Neeraj Chopra won silver at the World Athletics Championship
- Celebrations broke out in Panipat after Chopra’s win
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a message for the athlete
Neeraj Chopra, the Indian javelin-thrower who won gold at the Tokyo Olympics last year, has now won a silver medal at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday, July 24. The 24-year-old athlete’s performance has sent a wave of jubilation across the billion-strong nation. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter: “A great accomplishment by one of our most distinguished athletes! Congratulations @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.”
Neeraj Chopra on Sunday became only the second Indian athlete to win a medal at the World Athletics Championship (WAC). Before him, the only Indian to win a medal at WAC was Anju Bobby George in long jump in 2003.
As Neeraj Chopra sealed his silver medal, celebrations broke out at his Panipat home. Chopra’s family was seen distributing laddus after the athlete produced an 88.13m throw. Women in the family broke into a dance. “We are very happy that his hard work has paid off,” said Saroj Chopra, Neeraj Chopra’s mother, to NDTV. Chopra’s grandfather Dharamsingh said, “We were aiming for a gold medal but we are happy that he’s won a silver.”
Neeraj Chopra came into the World Athletics Championship as a hot medal favourite. However, he began a foul throw and had 82.39m and 86.37m to be at the fourth spot after three rounds. In the fourth round, he jumped to the second place at 88.13m.
Neeraj Chopra’s performance at the Tokyo Olympics has inspired many in Panipat to take up javelin throw. One such neighbour, who was present at Chopra’s home on Sunday, said, “We have also started training for javelin throw. We train daily in the evening. We are really happy that Neeraj bhaiya has won the medal.”
The gold medal went to Anderson Peters of Grenada who threw the javelin for 90.54 m. Jakum Vadlejch from the Czech Republic, the person who had won silver at the Tokyo Olympics, won bronze at the WAC throwing 88.09m.