July 24: Neeraj Chopra is all of 18-years-old and the athlete has already made history by becoming the first Indian athlete to win a Gold at the U-20 World Championships, underway in Poland right now. Chopra, who was the national record holder in javelin, grabbed the eighth position amongst world’s javelin throwers this year. On Saturday, Chopra hurled a massive winning throw of 86.48m, in his second attempt. The spectacular throw has also put him ahead of defending Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago.
Walcott’s best this year was 86.35m. Although Chopra missed out on the chance to qualify for the Rio Olympics, Saturday’s Gold might serve as a massive boost to athletics in the country. He broke the earlier world record of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais by nearly two metres. In his first attempt, he had hurled the javelin to a mark of 79.66, which was also good enough to land him in the second place, after South Africa’s Johan Grobler who flung the javelin 80.59m in his first attempt. ALSO READ: Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra creates history; becomes first Indian athlete to break world record at U-20 World Championship in Poland
But his second throw made the javelin fly through the air and land at the unbelievable mark, raising the bar for his competitors much higher, and etching his name in the history of not just Indian but world athletics. Watch the video of the spectacular throw, which has made India proud of this Haryanvi boy.