Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra rose to No. 2 sport in the most recent rankings issued by World Athletics on Wednesday (August 11). Neeraj, who received gold in males’s javelin throw, was ranked second with a rating of 1315, solely behind Germany’s Johannes Vetter who leads the rankings with a rating of 1396 however failed to make it to the highest 8 place in the ultimate at Tokyo Olympics. Poland’s Marcin Krukowski (three), Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (4) – who received silver medal at Tokyo – and Germany’s Julian Weber (5) full the highest 5 in the rankings.
Neeraj Chopra grew to become India’s first Olympic gold medallist in track-and-field occasions with a finest try of 87.58m in the boys’s javelin throw remaining. Neeraj’s try additionally contributed to India ending with their best-ever medals tally of seven on the Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra was accorded a grand welcome upon his return to India and was felicitated together with a few of India’s different medallists on the Tokyo Olympics by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and former Sports Minister Kiren Rijiu amongst others in a glittering ceremony in New Delhi.
While javelin throw won’t be a preferred observe and subject sport in the nation, Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal-winning feat on the Tokyo Olympics and the Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) choice to have fun August 7 every year as ‘National Javelin Throw Day’ has obtained an enormous thumbs up from sports activities fans throughout the nation.
Fans on social media termed AFI choice ‘ground breaking’, whereas others stated ‘this will help our young generation to achieve more’.
“Brilliant? Hope they (AFI) make it a big event every year with Javelin competition across the country. Will be truly ground breaking,” tweeted a fan, whereas one other wrote, “Good move everyone must support? this will help our young he generation to achieve more.”
On Monday, throughout a felicitation ceremony for Chopra, AFI had introduced that August 7 every year could be celebrated because the ‘National Javelin Throw Day’ with competitions in all states and union territories to commemorate the athlete`s feat of successful the nation`s first athletics gold medal on the Olympic Games with a throw of 87.58m.
“We will celebrate August 7 as National Javelin Day from next year to mark Neeraj’s victory. All our affiliated units will hold Javelin competitions in the respective States (and Union Territories). And a year later, we will get all our 600-plus district units also to have similar competitions on August7,” AFI Planning Committee chairman Lalit Bhanot had stated on the perform on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old Chopra had stated he was humbled by the announcement. (*2*) he stated.
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