A glimpse at Neeraj Chopra’s reaction after winning the gold medal at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, which was the first time India won a gold medal.
Neeraj Chopra during WAC 2023, (Image: Twitter/ screengrab)
Neeraj Chopra earned the gold medal on Monday in the Budapest 2023 World Athletics Championships. In the men’s javelin competition, Chopra won the first-ever gold medal with a throw of 88.17 metres on his second try. Chopra’s triumph marked the first time an Indian had ever won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships. Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan (87.82m) came in second, and Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic (86.67m) took home the bronze.
3 things you need to know
- At the 2023 World Athletics Championships, Neeraj Chopra took home the gold medal
- Chopra’s throw of 88.17 metres on his second try helped him win the gold medal
- Chopra became the first athlete from India to take home a gold medal at the World Championships
Neeraj Chopra captures a historic gold medal for India in the WAC 2023
Neeraj Chopra started the Monday night final with a foul throw on his first try. He quickly recovered, though, and on his second attempt—which ended up being the greatest throw of the competition—he gave an outstanding effort. Chopra extended his lead on the table with a fantastic distance of 88.17m.
Arshad Nadeem of Pakistan took second place overall after clearing a distance of 87.82m on his third try. Jakub Vadlejch took third place with a throw of 86.67 metres on his fifth and final try. Chopra, the current world number one in the javelin, earned the Olympic gold in Tokyo 2020 but finished second at the worlds in Eugene last year, while Anderson Peters took the gold. Anju Bobby George, who won bronze in the women’s long jump in 2003 in Paris, was the only other Indian to earn a medal at the championships.
— Apurva Singh (@iSinghApurva) August 27, 2023
Neeraj Chopra gets emotional during the National Anthem of India at the podium
It is touching to see Neeraj Chopra’s genuine feelings during the playing of the Indian National Anthem after his country won gold at the 2023 World Athletics Championship. Neeraj’s face was beaming with happiness as he stood on the platform with the other competitors, but as the Indian national song played, he was unable to control his emotions and got clearly moved.
— Moses Kondety (@sportymoses) August 27, 2023
Neeraj’s extraordinary outpouring of emotion is a reflection of his intense national pride and attachment. It is a reflection of the effort and commitment he has put into his athletic career as well as the great honour it has been for him to represent India internationally. Moments like this emphasise the value of sports in bringing people together and promoting a sense of national pride. Neeraj Chopra unquestionably did his nation proud with his outstanding performance, and his moving response to the national anthem only serves to emphasise the significance of his triumph.