‘Unstoppable in every sense of the word’ – Cricket fraternity hails Neeraj Chopra as he bags silver medal at World Athletics Championship
Chopra's silver ended India's 19-year drought for a medal at the World Championships.
Updated - Jul 25, 2022 11:28 am
Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra created history once again on July 24, when he won the silver medal in Javelin Throw finals of the World Athletic Championship in Oregon, United States. He became just the second Indian and the first male track and field athlete to achieve the feat. Anju Booby George, a renowned long jumper, was the first Indian to take home a medal (bronze), at the 2003 World Championships, which was in Pari.
Meanwhile, Chopra’s silver finally ended India’s 19-year drought for a medal at the world championships. The Indian cricket community reacted to his achievement on Twitter and lauded the young talent. Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, and Mithali Raj were a few among the many who hailed Chopra.
Chopra jumped to second place from seventh with an 88.13 meters throw
After starting off the finals with a foul throw, Chopra threw 82.39 and 86.37 meters to finish fourth at the end of three rounds. He regained his rhythm with a strong throw in the fourth round and marked it at 88.13 meters, his fourth career-best effort, which propelled him to the second place. He retained his place till the end as his fifth and sixth throws were declared foul.
Chopra qualified for the finals of the world event earlier this week with a throw of 88.39 meters in his first-ever attempt in the group stage. Anderson Peters, the defending champion, of Grenada claimed the gold with a best throw of 90.54 meters, while Jakub Vadlejch, the Czech Republic’s Olympic silver medalist, took the bronze with a throw of 88.09 meters.
A nation of billions that was not used to see its athletes dominate at track and field events has become accustomed to see success thanks to Neeraj Chopra. The high standards Chopra has set are demonstrated by the fact that some admirers were upset when the 24-year-old missed the gold medal in Eugene, Oregon.
In August, he will represent India in Birmingham to defend his Commonwealth Games crown. It will not be simple since Anderson Peters, who recently left Chopra behind to take the top spot at the World Championships, will be aiming for another Gold. Thus, Chopra may require a throw of 90 meters or more to somewhere confirm a win.
.@Neeraj_chopra1 has added another laurel to his name! India is very proud of you!
Heartiest congratulations on winning the silver medal in the men's javelin throw at World Athletics Championships.#WCHOregon22 pic.twitter.com/ZS5EhCYDiI
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 24, 2022
Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning the silver at the World Athletics Championships. We are proud of you. 🇮🇳👏
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 24, 2022
Heartiest congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning the silver medal at #WorldAthleticsChampionship & creating history again. The entire nation is so proud of you, keep shining✨🏆 pic.twitter.com/qcIPfvhANe
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 24, 2022
Breaking records and winning medals with every throw. Congratulations @neeraj_chopra1 on winning the Silver at World Athletics Championships. We all are so proud of you. 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/64Id3cYDl7
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) July 24, 2022
Kudos to @neeraj_chopra1! It is incredible to see your consistency at the global stage. Congratulations for the historic silver medal at the World Athletics Championships. 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/XHQqwRB2Z6
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) July 24, 2022
Many congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1. Wishing you many more! Keep making our country proud. #WorldAthleticsChampionships pic.twitter.com/A9Bh87htEe
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) July 24, 2022
Take a Bow ! Pride of India !@Neeraj_chopra1 #WorldAthleticsChamps pic.twitter.com/EgUz1gL7ES
— Siddharthh Kaul (@iamsidkaul) July 24, 2022
🥇at Tokyo Olympics and 🥈at World Championships. May you keep breaking records and keep creating history. Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 🙌🏻🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/iAGnC4zSNZ
— Kuldeep yadav (@imkuldeep18) July 24, 2022
Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1! Keep shining ✨🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/EvxKUOeVzx
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) July 24, 2022
Congratulations to Nation’s Pride @Neeraj_chopra1 on clinching silver medal at the #WorldAthleticsChampionship
More power to you. pic.twitter.com/VcihK37j4u
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 24, 2022
Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 🥈
Incredible achievement , you make us all so proud ! pic.twitter.com/WxFd9kbzjZ
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) July 24, 2022
You know how legendary you are when your win is celebrated like a festival in India. Many congratulations #NeerajChopra and more power to you! 💪🇮🇳#WorldAthleticsChampionships pic.twitter.com/xItfEobWuK
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 24, 2022
Unstoppable in every sense of the word 💪🏻 well done @Neeraj_chopra1 ! Keep scripting history with the javelin in your hand! 🇮🇳 #worldchampionships2022 #NeerajChopraWinsSilver pic.twitter.com/8SmzY70Oj9
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 24, 2022
Congratulations to @neeraj_chopra1 on winning a silver medal at #WorldChampionships.
He is the only Indian to bag a medal at this stage. The entire nation is proud of you. pic.twitter.com/4lHyVUsfkj
— Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) July 24, 2022
Heartiest congratulations to @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning historic silver medal at #WorldAthletics Championship in Oregon.Your achievement is a moment of glory and pride for all of us. As a role model, you will continue to inspire sportspersons across the country. Proud of you
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) July 24, 2022
Heartiest congratulations to the one who holds a very special place in millions of hearts! ❤️
Made us proud again with a silver at the World Athletics Championships and became the 2nd Indian athlete to win a medal at the worlds ✨@Neeraj_chopra1 #NeerajChopra #RPSwing pic.twitter.com/wfHLE4c7Ln
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 24, 2022
Congratulations champ @Neeraj_chopra1 #silver 🇮🇳
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) July 24, 2022
Many congratulations to the only 2nd Indian to win #WorldAthleticsChampionship medal 🥈Performing at big platforms and paving way for Indians in athletics, #NeerajChopra you're a true champion! 🇮🇳
Best wishes for #CWG22. pic.twitter.com/DxpM09WYYI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 24, 2022
Congratulations #NeerajChopra 🇮🇳 What a superstar! @Neeraj_chopra1 pic.twitter.com/2xer5Ko3ex
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) July 24, 2022
India’s second-ever medal at #WorldAthleticsChampionship and @Neeraj_chopra1 is the man! Congratulations on the🥈champ 👏 pic.twitter.com/sZOSoRxf5Y
— cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) July 24, 2022
Heartiest congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 for Silver medal🥈 at the #WorldChampionships.@WCHoregon22 @afiindia @Media_SAI @IndiaSports pic.twitter.com/i8p8bcHfin
— Navdeep Saini (@navdeepsaini96) July 24, 2022