Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win gold in World Athletics championships.
Neeraj Chopra, the javelin thrower from India, on 23 July 2016 won gold in the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. With this, Neeraj, 18, managed to set a new world record (U-20) of 86.48m.
His 86.48m effort also helped India in bringing its first world record as well as the country’s first-ever gold in any World athletics championships.
South African Johan Grobler with 80.59m took the silver and Anderson Peters with 79.65m of Granada the bronze.
Neeraj Efforts for the Gold
- Neeraj began the proceedings with an effort of 79.66m that put him second place after the first round behind Grobler who had touched 80.59m with his opening effort.
- In the second attempt, the Indian came up with his massive throw that measured a new world record distance.
- In the third attempt, he came up with another impressive effort that measured 78.36m.
- His fourth and last attempt ended in a foul.
The previous record of 84.69m was set by Latvia’s Zigismunds Sirmais in 2011.