ANI Photo | “Hope youth will take inspiration from him…” Haryana CM congratulates Neeraj Chopra

Congratulating India’s ace javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for winning the country’s first gold medal in the prestigious World Athletics Championships, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Monday said that it is a matter of joy and he hoped that the youth will take inspiration from him. 
“It is a matter of joy that India is playing the role of a Champion in several areas and going ahead. In this continuation, Neeraj Chopra, the best athlete of Haryana, won a Gold medal at World Athletics Championship 2023,” Khattar said. 
“He is the first athlete of India to achieve this feat. I congratulate Neeraj Chopra, his coaches, his family and other sportspersons. I hope the youth will take inspiration from him…” he added. 
India’s golden boy at the 2020 Olympic Summer Olympics, Neeraj scripted history again in Budapest on Monday, beating arch-rival from Pakistan, Arshad Nadeem, to win the country’s first-ever gold medal in the World Athletics Championships. 
He edged out his Pakistani rival by a margin of less than a metre in the final of the men’s javelin throw event to win gold.
The 25-year-old from Haryana recorded a best throw of 88.17 m in his second attempt and managed to hold his lead over his Pakistani rival till the very end.
Nadeem, the Commonwealth Games champion, bagged a silver medal with a throw of 87.82 metres. 
Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch secured the bronze with the best throw of 86.67 m.
While Neeraj topped the tally yet again, fellow Indians Kishore Jena (best of 84.77 m) DP Manu (best of 84.14 m) finished fifth and sixth respectively.  
India now has medals of all colours at the World Championships.  
This is Neeraj’s second medal at the World Championships after he secured a silver last year. (ANI)

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