India’s Neeraj Chopra won the silver medal in the men’s javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon with a best throw of 88.13m, which he registered with his fourth attempt. Anderson Peters of Grenada won the gold medal with a best throw of 90.54m. Peters threw 90.21m in his first attempt then improved on his second at 90.46m. He then registered his best throw in his sixth attempt, to successfully defend his world title. Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic won bronze with a best throw of 88.09m, while Julian Weber of Germany finished 4th with a best effort of 86.86m. Chopra became only the second Indian – and the first Indian man – to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships, after being overtaken by Anju Bobby George, who won bronze in 2003.
Chopra started with a javelin throw and then registered 82.39m with his second attempt. He improved with his third attempt, when he threw the boat 86.37m.
He was still not set for a medal, but he registered a throw of 88.13m with his fourth attempt to shoot for second place from fourth.
His fifth and sixth attempts were foul throws.
Chopra won the Group A qualifying round and qualified for the final in second place behind Peters by sending her pole vault to 88.39m for a career-best third throw. Peters won Group B with an effort of 89.91m.
Another Indian in contention, Rohit Yadav finished 10th with a best throw of 78.72m. Rohit finished 11th overall in the qualification round with a best throw of 80.42m.
The 21-year-old Indian had set a season record and personal best of 82.54m while winning a silver at the National Inter-State Championships last month.
Chopra had won the maiden gold medal for Indian athletes at the Tokyo Olympics last year. He is only the second Indian to win an individual gold at the Olympics, after shooter Abhinav Bindra, who struck the yellow metal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
(With PTI inputs)
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