Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra became the first ever medal winner for India in his category at the World Athletics meet.
Neeraj Chopra reacts after his throw at World Athletics Championship. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Neeraj Chopra won silver medal at the World Athletics meet
- Neeraj Chopra’s mother spoke to India Today after his win
- India’s Rohit Yadav finished 10th in the final
Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made history at the World Athletics Championship in the early hours of Sunday, 24 July. Chopra’s best throw of 88.13 metres won him the silver medal at the prestigious event at the United States of America, after a string of strong performances throughout the season.
Neeraj Chopra’s parents reacted in joy after his win and spoke exclusively to India Today. Chopra’s mother, Saroj Devi said that she was very happy with the efforts that her son has put in and he is reaping the rewards of the same.
“I am very happy. It is very hard to reach that level in World Athletics. It does not matter to me if it is gold or silver, I am happy with both. God is rewarding him back for his efforts,” she said.
Asked about how much they stay connected with their son during his hectic schedule overseas, she said they do not bother that much.
“We do not bother him very much when he is overseas, because he has very little time. But we are very happy that he is working hard,” she concluded.
The athlete’s father said that it was quite incredible that India have won their second medal at the World Athletics Championship, many years after Anju Bobby George gave India its first ever podium finish.
“I am very happy that he has been able to win a silver at the championships. This is his fourth medal since the Olympics.
This is a very big achievement for the country, since we had only one medal till date. I am very happy that Neeraj has won the second one now,” he said.
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