Neeraj Chopra Becomes 1st Indian to Set World Record in Jr Athletics Championship (Download PDF)


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Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has becoming first Indian Junior athlete to create a World Record in junior athletics Championship. In the IAAF Under-20 World Athletics Championship, he achieved this feat, by throwing javelin at a record distance of 86.48 m in his second attempt.

  • Neeraj Chopra also set a World Junior Record for Javelin Throw.
  • IAAF Under-20 World Athletics Championship held in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
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Key Details:

  • Neeraj Chopra won gold medal in this event.
  • South African Johan Grobler (80.59m) won the silver medal.
  • Anderson Peters (79.65m) of Granada won the bronze medal.
  • Previously, IAAF Under-20 World Athletics Championship held in by Latvian Zigismunds. Neeraj Chopra broke the previous record of 84.69 meters by nearly two meters.
  • He is third Indian athlete who has won a medal in the junior athletics Championship in U-20 World Championships.
  • Other two throwers are:

    • Seema Antil Punia (won Bronze medal in 2002)
    • Navjeet Kaur Dhillon (won Bronze medal in 2014)

- Published/Last Modified on: July 25, 2016

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