India’s ‘Golden Boy’ Neeraj Chopra etched his name in history books as he became the first Indian athlete to win a gold in the World Athletics Championships history. The 25-year-old Haryana born athlete also became the first track and field athlete from the sub-continent to win a gold medal.
Chopra, who is now a reigning Olympic champion, also the first Indian sportsperson to win a gold medal at the Games in athletic (field events), is also the second after Abhinav Bindra to simultaneously hold an Olympics as well as World Championships title.
However, he stood first, his opponent from Pakistan Arshad Nadeem finished second with a throw of 87.82m. However, the two share a beautiful bond both on and off the track, an instance of this was yet again visible at the World Athletics Championships final on late Sunday. The Indian athlete called Nadeem for a picture as the two also shared a hug after the finals. Video of the same has been doing rounds on social media.
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Indian PM Narendra Modi hails Neeraj Chopra after historic win
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also heaped praise of the young athlete after a historic win at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday, August 27. The Indian PM hailed him for his excellence, stating, “The talented @Neeraj_chopra1 exemplifies excellence. His dedication, precision and passion make him not just a champion in athletics but a symbol of unparalleled excellence in the entire sports world.”
It is to be further noted that the Haryana-born athlete confirmed 2024 Paris Olympics spot after his 88.77m throw in the Group A Qualifying on August 25 at the World Athletics Championships. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem also booked himself a spot in the Paris Olympics after his recent run at the World Athletics Championships.