Neeraj Chopra, India’s golden boy, won the gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, making it a historical milestone.
He created history by being the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal at a prestigious competition. In the wee hours of August 28, Neeraj’s incredible accomplishment took shape as he faced off against competitors worldwide. He demonstrated tremendous skill by throwing brilliantly on his second try, measuring 88.17 meters, sealing his victory in the competition.
“This is a very proud moment for our country since we got a gold medal in the World Championship,” Neeraj’s father Satish Kumar told ANI. “We shall celebrate when Neeraj returns to India.”
With Kishore Jena (84.77m) and DP Manu (84.14m) capturing the fifth and sixth slots, respectively, three Indians finished in the top eight, marking another first. Never before have three Indians finished in the top eight in a World Championships event.