• Sunday, September 24, 2023


India’s Neeraj Chopra wins world javelin gold, outsmarts Pakistan opponent

The 25-year-old became the first India to win gold at the World Athletics Championships.

India’s Neeraj Chopra celebrates after winning the Men’s Javelin Throw Final during day nine of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023 at National Athletics Centre on August 27, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIA’S Neeraj Chopra added a javelin world title to his Olympic gold on Sunday (27), recording a best throw of 88.17m in Budapest.

The 25-year-old took silver last year but he stamped his mark on the final early on with his winning throw coming in the second round.

Pakistan’s Commonwealth Games champion Arshad Nadeem took silver with a throw of 87.82m with the Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch taking the bronze in 86.67m.

The flamboyant Chopra — one of three Indians to reach the final — fell to the ground after his final throw and kissed the surface before charging towards the crowd.

Germany’s Julian Weber finished fourth and held his hands to his face in disappointment, as his country finished the championships without a medal.

At the first world championships in 1983, communist East Germany topped the medals table.


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