Athlete Neeraj Chopra sets world record in IAAF U-20
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history by becoming the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level when he won a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Poland.
Chopra created a new U-20 world record by throwing the javelin a distance of 86.48m.
The 18-year-old from Khandra village in Haryana’s Panipat district broke the old mark of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais by nearly two metres.
Chopra’s mark is also a new national record.
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime minister narendra modi congratulated Neeraj on creating history and making India Proud.. PM modi said “Congratulations Neeraj Chopra for the outstanding sporting accomplishment. We are proud of you..”.