Neeraj Chopra is the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics at the Olympics.
With a throw of 89.94m at the Diamond League, the 24-year-old Neeraj Chopra broke his own national record of 89.30m that he set at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku earlier this month.
Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra clinched his first top-3 finish at the prestigious Diamond League Meeting with a national record-shattering effort but missed the 90m mark by a whisker in a star-studded field on Thursday. The 24-year-old Chopra opened with a stunning throw of 89.94m, just 6cm shy of the 90m mark, the gold standard in the world of javelin throw and that effort eventually turned out to be his best as he finished second.
His other throws measured 84.37m, 87.46m, 84.77m, 86.67 and 86.84m.
“Today, I feel good and after first throw, I thought I could throw even over 90m today. But it is OK as I have more competitions coming this year,” Chopra said after the event.
About Neeraj Chopra
Subedar Neeraj Chopra PVSM VSM (born 24 December 1997) is an Indian track and field athlete who is the reigning Olympic champion in javelin throw. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army, Chopra is the first track and field athlete to win a gold medal for India at the Olympics.