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‘We were certain that he would win a medal at this event’ – Neeraj Chopra’s mother on son’s win at World Athletics Championships

Chopra won India's second-ever medal at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 24 July 2022 3:21 pm

Neeraj Chopra created history by winning the silver medal in the men’s javelin throw final at the prestigious World Athletics Championships in Eugene. Reacting to his incredible feat, Chopra’s mother expressed that she was confident that her son would bring a medal home. 

Chopra registered 88.13m throw in his fourth attempt in the men’s javelin throw final and jumped up to the second position. The Olympic winner started off with a foul throw and threw 82.39m and 86.37m before putting in a silver medal-winning throw. 

After this win, celebrations sparked in Neeraj’s hometown in Panipat, where his family members along with other villagers, were seen dancing and celebrating their son’s achievement.

“We are very happy that his hard work has paid off. We were certain that he would win a medal at this event,” Saroj Devi, Neeraj Chopra’s mother said. “This feeling can’t be explained. Even though he lost by some seconds but we are really happy. We were equally happy when he brought home the gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics,” she added.

Meanwhile, Neeraj’s aunt stated, “This is a very proud moment for our village and for the entire country. Neeraj is not only our son but the entire country’s son now. He will continue to make the country proud in future as well.”

Neeraj Chopra himself was extremely elated with his performance and expressed that he was satisfied with this result.  “While conditions were not good & the wind speed was too high, I was confident I would perform well. I am satisfied with the result, I am happy I was able to win a medal for my country,” Chopra said after the men’s javelin throw final.

“I am feeling very happy today as I won a silver medal for the country. I will try to better at the World Championships next year. I also want to thank SAI, TOPS, Athletics Federation and the government of India for supporting me and allowing me to train abroad. I hope that we’ll get the same support in other sports so that we can make India proud. Thank you,” he added.

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