Star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra on Sunday added another feather to his illustrious cap by bagging a silver medal at the ongoing World Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA.
Chopra became only the second Indian athlete after the legendary Anju Bobby George to clinch a medal in the history of the tournament. Notably, Anju had won a bronze at the Paris Worlds in 2003.
Speaking about Chopra, he owned the silver medal with a best throw of 88.13m. Anderson Peters, however, successfully defended his title with an outstanding effort of 90.54m to bag the gold, while Jakub Vadlejch took bronze with a throw of 88.09m.
The cricket fraternity, including former and current cricketers, were all over the moon after watching Chopra’s stunning performance. Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh took to his official Twitter handle and wrote: “Unstoppable in every sense of the word well done @Neeraj_chopra1 ! Keep scripting history with the javelin in your hand! #worldchampionships2022 #NeerajChopraWinsSilver”.
Unstoppable in every sense of the word 💪🏻 well done @Neeraj_chopra1 ! Keep scripting history with the javelin in your hand! 🇮🇳 #worldchampionships2022 #NeerajChopraWinsSilver pic.twitter.com/8SmzY70Oj9
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 24, 2022
Legendary cricketer and 2011 World Cup winner Sachin Tendulkar heaped praises on Chopra for scripting history.
“@Neeraj_chopra1 has added another laurel to his name! India is very proud of you! Heartiest congratulations on winning the silver medal in the men’s javelin throw at World Athletics Championships. #WCHOregon22,” tweeted Tendulkar.
.@Neeraj_chopra1 has added another laurel to his name! India is very proud of you!
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 24, 2022
Former India opener Virender Sehwag wished Chopra in his own unique style. He took to social media and wrote: “Years from now, there is going to be a generation of youngsters for whom “Kya Fenkta Hai” is going to be a massive compliment, thanks to this champion #NeerajChopra. Once again, making India proud with a Silver at the World Athletics Championship.”
Years from now there is going to be a generation of youngsters for whom “Kya Fenkta Hai” is going to be a massive compliment, thanks to this champion #NeerajChopra .
Once again making India proud with a Silver🥈 at the World Athletics Championship. pic.twitter.com/walAWtyxd3
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 24, 2022
Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya, who was blessed with a baby boy on Sunday, termed Chopra as the superstar while wishing the Javelin thrower.
“Congratulations #NeerajChopra What a superstar! @Neeraj_chopra1,” tweeted Krunal.
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) July 24, 2022
Here is how others reacted:
Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning the silver at the World Athletics Championships. We are proud of you. 🇮🇳👏
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 24, 2022
You know how legendary you are when your win is celebrated like a festival in India. Many congratulations #NeerajChopra and more power to you! 💪🇮🇳#WorldAthleticsChampionships pic.twitter.com/xItfEobWuK
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 24, 2022
Many congratulations to the only 2nd Indian to win #WorldAthleticsChampionship medal 🥈Performing at big platforms and paving way for Indians in athletics, #NeerajChopra you're a true champion! 🇮🇳
Best wishes for #CWG22. pic.twitter.com/DxpM09WYYI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 24, 2022
Heartiest congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning the silver medal at #WorldAthleticsChampionship & creating history again. The entire nation is so proud of you, keep shining✨🏆 pic.twitter.com/qcIPfvhANe
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 24, 2022
Our star-boy, @Neeraj_chopra1 has once again shown the world, the power of determination, bypassing all preconceived notions as he dexterously threw his javelin at the World Athletics Championship at Oregon. The Nation is proud of you for bringing home a silver medal. 🥈 pic.twitter.com/epGVa2Zujd
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) July 24, 2022
— Jhulan Goswami (@JhulanG10) July 24, 2022
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) July 24, 2022