Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to win a medal at the World Athletics Championship. He bagged a throw of 88.13 metres to finish second behind Anderson Peters.
Medallists at the World Athletics meet pose together. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- This was India’s second ever medal in the World Athletics Championship
- Neeraj and Arshad have shown great camaraderie before
- India’s Rohit Yadav finished 10th in the final of the same event
Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra won the silver medal in the World Athletics Championship in the early hours of Sunday, 24 July. Chopra became the first Indian to win a medal in the javelin throw event at the competition, finishing second behind Grenadian athlete Anderson Peters.
Neeraj, who has been in fine form throughout the season put in another strong performance and completed a throw of 88.13 metres to win his silver medal.
Neeraj’s close rival in the Asian circuit, Arshad Nadeem finished fifth in the event, putting in his best effort at 86.16 metres.
Asked about the conversation he had with Nadeem during the competition, Neeraj said that they really did not get to catch up much during the event. However, he told the reporters in the press conference that he did manage to catch up with Nadeem after the event and congratulated him on putting in a strong performance.
“I spoke to Arshad after the competition ended. I told him that he did very well. He replied that he had issues with his elbow. I further congratulated him for a great throw and it was a great comeback from his injury and it was commendable that he threw the javelin over 86 metres,” Neeraj said.
Neeraj Chopra has shown in the past that he enjoys good relationship with Pakistan’s Nadeem. The duo had shared an embrace on the podium of Asian Games in Jakarta 2018. He was also quick to shut off a controversy when social media users tried to blame Nadeem for tampering with his personal javelin.
Arshad Nadeem came into the championship with an elbow injury which has stopped him short of being his best. Ahead of the meet, he had mentioned that the injury had been bothering him for a while.
“I am not thinking in terms of what target can there be right now. My goal is to do my best because I have my elbow injury. It is under control and we have Dr Ali Bajwa from the UK with us, so my focus is to have a good finish. The medal is certainly on my mind,” Nadeem had told the Express Tribune.
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