Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic champion in track and field, has been crowned the world champion:
When Neeraj Chopra starts galloping down the runway with a javelin in his hand, you know bad things are going to happen. Soon, he’ll be able to brag about a medal victory. He had nearly every relevant medal in his collection when he arrived in Budapest for the World Championship final. Olympic Champion Neeraj Chopra is Now The World Champion in Athletics.
On Sunday night at the National Athletics Centre, Chopra won gold at the World Championships, his second medal after the silver he won the year before. Chopra, now 24 years old, had won silver in the past.
Chopra’s winning throw of 88.17 meters was not even in his top five longest. But what really separates him from the pack is an innate ability to gauge difficulty and deliver results good enough to medal. He already had an Olympic gold medal, and now he had a World Championships gold medal to boot.
Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem was the only other contender for Chopra that night. At the Commonwealth Games, Nadeem won gold with a throw of more than 90 meters. Nadeem’s initial distance of 74.80 meters was far short of his eventual winning mark of 87.82 meters. He then improved to a new personal best of 82.18 meters.
Nadeem, who is more of a physical thrower, could have made a late surge. Unfortunately, that did not happen. The Indian javelin team had a good day, with Kishore Jena finishing in fifth place (with an effort of 84.77 meters) and DP Manu coming in sixth (with an effort of 84.14 meters). The bronze medal went to Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic, who threw 86.67 meters.
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In the first round, Chopra was unable to score, but he quickly bounced back. Chopra, who had been wearing a white headband to keep his hair out of his eyes, threw his best pitch of the night in the second round. Before the javelin even touched the ground, Chopra turned around to face the crowd and raise his arms. a distinct dance that always precedes a significant Indian throw. He took it all in stride, didn’t seem to mind, and performed admirably as he usually does under pressure.
Chopra is not as well-known for his raw power as other throwers, such as Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem or Germany’s Johannes Vetter, but rather for his versatility as an athlete. The Indian superstar is a multitalented athlete who excels at a variety of events, including sprinting, weightlifting, and jumping. The javelin champion probably could have made a living competing in the decathlon instead.
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