'Unstoppable in every sense of the word' - Cricket fraternity hails Neeraj Chopra as he bags silver medal at World Athletics Championship

‘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.

Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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.