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Neeraj Chopra Creates History with Gold Win at 2023 World Athletics Championships

Neeraj Chopra’s Triumphant Celebration with Indian Flag and Gold Medal at 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest

Neeraj Chopra has become a world champion! He won the gold medal in the men’s javelin event at the 2023 IAAF World Athletics Championships with an incredible throw of 88.17 meters. He’s the defending Olympic champion and now the first Indian to win a gold at the World Championships. Just last year, he made history by winning silver in the same competition.

Arshad Nadeem from Pakistan came in a very close second, achieving an impressive best throw of 87.82 meters. The bronze medal went to Jakub Valence from the Czech Republic, who made a great throw of 86.67 meters.

Among the other Indian participants, Kishore Kumar Jena secured the 5th position with his impressive best throw of 84.77 meters, which also marked a personal best for him. DP Manu followed closely, finishing 6th with a best throw of 84.14 meters. This remarkable achievement holds historical significance, as it’s the very first time that three Indian athletes have claimed spots in the top six of a major global track and field event.

True to his style, Neeraj Chopra started the competition with a strong effort. It was his second throw that ended up being his best, reaching an impressive distance. Neeraj’s throws went as follows: his first attempt was a foul, then came the remarkable 88.17 meters, followed by 86.32 meters, 84.64 meters, 87.73 meters, and 83.98 meters.

After the event, Neeraj shared his thoughts, saying, “Initially, I aimed for a longer distance with my first throw, but there were some technical issues. Since the first attempt didn’t go well, it created a bit of pressure. However, I managed to push through. I also had my groin injury in mind, which had kept me sidelined for most of the season. I was being cautious due to that, and my speed wasn’t at its best. When my speed is lacking, I feel a drop in performance. So, the focus now is to fully recover and reach 100% fitness in order to achieve even greater distances.”


Neeraj Chopra Creates History with Gold Win at 2023 World Athletics Championships
Neeraj Chopra Creates History with Gold Win at 2023 World Athletics Championships


“I express my gratitude to all my fellow Indians who stayed up so late to watch my performance. This medal belongs to every corner of India. From becoming an Olympic champion to now being a world champion, it highlights that we Indians have the potential to achieve anything. I encourage all of you to keep striving in your respective fields, and together, we’ll continue making our nation proud,” Neeraj enthusiastically shared.

In an earlier event, Parul Chaudhary achieved an impressive feat by securing the 11th position in the women’s 3000m steeplechase. She shattered the national record with a remarkable time of 9:15.31. Parul’s achievement holds special significance as she becomes only the second Indian to reach the final of a track event at the World Championships. Lalita Babar accomplished a similar feat in the 2015 edition, also in the 3000m steeplechase. Parul’s outstanding performance not only earned her this distinction but also ensured that she met the qualifying standard for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

In the second-to-last event of the day, the men’s 4x400m relay showcased India’s unexpected success in the tournament. However, they were unable to replicate their outstanding performance from the heats. In the final, they secured the fifth position with a time of 2:59.92. Although slightly slower than their Saturday performance, the team still gave a commendable effort. They trailed behind the dominant USA team, which clinched the gold with a time of 2:57.31, as well as France, Great Britain, and Jamaica, who also put up strong showings.



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