Rising athletics star Neeraj Chopra scripted history by smashing the junior world record in javelin throw en route to a gold medal with a stunning effort of 86.48m at the IAAF World Under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Chopra, currently studying at DAV College in Chandigarh, in the process became the first ever Indian to hold a world record in athletics (junior and senior). He also broke the existing national senior record of 82.23m in the name of Rajinder Singh while also becoming the first Indian track and field athlete to have won a gold in a World Championships.
Eminent politicians like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje tweeted out their appreciation for Chopra on this momentous occasion. He was also congratulated by Olympic Gold Quest, IAAF and the Athletics Federation of India.
Congratulations Neeraj Chopra for the outstanding sporting accomplishment. We are proud of you. https://t.co/GGxI4OjfcJ
Wonderful news! Congratulations Neeraj Chopra, the nation is proud of you https://t.co/NeZxMHDJmJ
— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) July 24, 2016
Neeraj Chopra best U20 in world & history with #WU20Bydgoszcz2016 javelin win
— IAAF (@iaaforg) July 24, 2016
My Congratulations to Neeraj Chopra on this historic feat. More power to you. https://t.co/yOBp4Xf9LK
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) July 24, 2016
Many many congratulations to Neeraj Chopra. World Junior Champion in Javelin Throw with an Under 20 world record @jswsports
— OGQ (@OGQ_India) July 24, 2016
— JSW Sports (@jswsports) July 23, 2016
Congratulations to Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for set a new world record and won gold in #IAAFWorldUnder20AthleticsChampionship at Poland
— C R Paatil (@CRPaatil) July 24, 2016
Neeraj Chopra's World Record Throw
— Athletics Federation (@afiindia) July 23, 2016
Not a single Indian flag in stadium as he keeps asking for one after victory! They'd never understand how imp these things are #NeerajChopra
— Vaibhav Manocha (@BeingMinchu) July 23, 2016
IAAF U20 World Championship pic.twitter.com/k94sWAH6JR
— Bikash Chand Katoch (@KatochBikash) July 23, 2016
Neeraj Chopra becomes India's first ever world champ in athletics (senior/junior/male/female) with a U20 WR javelin throw (86.48m)
— jonathan selvaraj (@jon_selvaraj) July 23, 2016
— Röhith Nair (@RohithNair) July 23, 2016