Neeraj Chopra grabs Silver in World Athletics Championships

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Panipat-based Olympic and World champion medalist at Javelin throw

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After long jumper Anju Bobby George, who won bronze in 2003, Chopra became the second Indian and first Indian man to win a medal at the World Athletics Championships. 

In the men's javelin throw final at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, India's Neeraj Chopra made history and took home the silver medal with a best throw of 88.13 metres. 

Chopra had won the first athletics gold for India at the Tokyo Olympics the previous year. Only shooter Abhinav Bindra, who captured the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, is only Indian who has ever won an individual gold medal at the Olympics.

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The 24-year-old has been working at the 90-meter mark for some time and is currently making slow progress in that direction. He came in last place behind Grenada's Anderson Peters, the top thrower of the season, who won with a throw of 90.31 metres.

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Two weeks after achieving the record in Finland, Neeraj Chopra broke the national mark in the javelin throw at the Diamond League in Stockholm. 

Neeraj Chopra’s family celebrates his silver medal in Panipat’s Khandra village The family members of Neeraj Chopra distributed sweets while his father Satish Kumar, who is a farmer, said that he is expecting his son to win medals in the next two Olympic.