Chopra made history by being the first Indian male to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships. He is also just the second Indian athlete to accomplish it, following Anju Bobby George, who won a bronze medal in 2003.
World Athletics Championships: Neeraj Chopra claims silver in men’s javelin
Only Indian with an Olympic and World Athletics Championship medal — this is what #NeerajChopra achieved today even before India woke up.
He ended the country's 19-year medal drought at the Worlds by bagging a silver. What an athlete!
— The Bridge (@the_bridge_in) July 24, 2022
On the morning of Sunday, July 23, 2022, at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Neeraj Chopra made India proud once again on the international arena by winning the silver medal. The competition was held at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
He secured his medal with a throw of 88.13 metres, which was just behind Anderson Peters of Grenada, who won the gold medal.
Chopra made history by being the first Indian male to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships. He is also just the second Indian athlete to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships; Anju Bobby George was the first Indian athlete to do so in 2003 when he won a bronze medal.
Internet messages of congratulations and well wishes poured in from people all throughout the country for the outstanding javelin thrower.
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) July 24, 2022
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lead the wishes with a heartfelt tweet “A great accomplishment by one of our most distinguished athletes! Congratulations to @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning a historic Silver medal at the #WorldChampionships. This is a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes to Neeraj for his upcoming endeavours.”
A great accomplishment by one of our most distinguished athletes!
Congratulations to @Neeraj_chopra1 on winning a historic Silver medal at the #WorldChampionships. This is a special moment for Indian sports. Best wishes to Neeraj for his upcoming endeavours. https://t.co/odm49Nw6Bx
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 24, 2022
The only other Indian medalist, Anju Bobby George, who brought honour to the country with her bronze medal at the World Championships in 2003, tweeted, “Congratulations @Neeraj chopra1 for that amazing moment.. N, thank you for your patience while we waited for you to join the group. We would like to express our gratitude to @afiindia, @Media SAI, and @ianuragthakur for all of their assistance.
Truly humbled and honoured to be awarded Woman of the Year by @WorldAthletics
There is no better feeling than to wake up everyday and give back to the sport, allowing it to enable and empower young girls!
Thank you for recognising my efforts. 😊😊 pic.twitter.com/yeZ5fgAUpa
— Anju Bobby George (@anjubobbygeorg1) December 1, 2021
Kiren Rijiju, the minister of law and justice, shared a post that read “Neeraj Chopra has created history again by winning a silver medal at World Athletics Championship in Oregon. He becomes the 1st man and the 2nd Indian to win medal at the World Championships after long-jumper Anju Bobby George’s bronze in 2003. Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1″
Happy to meet the dynamic & energetic Union Minister Shri. @KirenRijiju Ji.
Gifted him the CoffeeTableBook on the SouthAsianCrossCountryChampionships hosted by Kohima.
Thankful to him for his constant support & guidance. Wish him success in all his endeavours. pic.twitter.com/Ue9hnb3iR1
— abu metha (@abumetha) July 24, 2022