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Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win gold in World Athletics championships.

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.

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