Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made history as he created a new world record (U-20) with an effort of 86.48m in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championship at Bydgoszcz in Poland. The 19-year-old athlete from Haryana was sensational, clinching gold on Saturday.
Right from the first throw in the final, Neeraj looked confident, starting with 79.66, and it was his incredible performance in the second throw, which resulted in 86.48, exciting the Indian. His third attempt resulted in 78.36m. The fourth lead to foul, which did not have impact on the result, as his world record throw sealed a fantastic win for the Haryana lad.
It was a huge effort from Neeraj, who also became the first Indian to win gold at any world championships event. The athlete was pleased with this stunning throw, where he gave his all, with his hands touching the floor in the follow through as well.
"When the spear left my hand on that second throw, I had a feeling that this was a special throw. I don't think I expected it to go over 86 meters but since the last couple of months, I have worked hard on my fitness, my technique and it all paid off today," NDTV quoted Neeraj as saying.
Johan Grobler managed to win the silver with 80.59 throw, and Anderson Peters won bronze (79.65m).