New Delhi: Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra broke the junior World record on way to the gold in the IAAF World under-20 athletics championship at Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Saturday. Neeraj Chopra has become the first Indian to set a world record in athletics. After that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Neeraj Chopra for his magnificent performance.
“Congratulations Neeraj Chopra for the outstanding sporting accomplishment. We are proud of you,” tweeted PM Modi. Yesterday, Neeraj Chopra created history after throwing the javelin a distance of 86.48m to win a gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships, held at Bydgoszcz in Poland. He created a new world record at U-20 championship beating the old record of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais.
This was also his best performance that also helped him making a new national record. His previous personal best was 82.23 metres at the South Asian Games held in February this year. “When the spear left my hand on that second throw, I had a feeling that this was a special throw. I don’t think I expected it to go over 86 meters but since the last couple of months, I have worked hard on my fitness, my technique and it all paid off today,” said Chopra after winning the Gold medal. Despite the disappointment of not qualifying for the Rio Olympic due to his back injury, he did not let it prevail over his current performance.
“My target was to qualify for the Olympics but I did not make it. My other goal was to win at the World Under-20 Championships,” he added. Neeraj Chopra is from Khandra village which falls under Panipat district in Haryana. Chopra is currently doing his bachelors from DAV College, Chandigarh.