Neeraj Chopra gained the gold medal from the World Athletics Championships to his long list of achievements. Chopra, who was previously one of just two Indians to win a World Championship, is now the only athlete from his nation to win two medals in the competition and the first to take home the gold. Chopra had gotten things going in the Sunday final in Budapest with a foul throw. He was able to throw the javelin 88.17 meters on his second attempt, which ended up being the winning one. It enabled him to maintain his lead over Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch and Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, who himself created history for his nation by earning silver.
The Prize Money of Neeraj Chopra
Before the Indian national song was performed, Neeraj received his gold medal in a formal podium ceremony following the conclusion of the day’s games. He hands over a cash payment of $70,000 (about Rs. 58 lakh). Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic (86.67m) and Nadeem (87.82m) respectively took home the silver and bronze. They awarded Nadeem a cash reward of $35,000. Vadlech received $22,000.
After his idols, Jan Zelezny and Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway, Neeraj is currently the only other javelin thrower to have won gold in the continental, Olympic, and world championships. He has already won gold in the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, and the World Athletics Championships in 2023. He is the first javelin thrower from India to win gold at the World Championships in athletics, the Olympics, the Asian Games, and the Commonwealth Games. In addition, he won the Diamond League in 2022 and was the junior world champion in 2016.
Only in the 2022 World Championships did he not win gold among the important senior tournaments he has participated in since 2017. Due to Grenada’s Anderson Peters’ incredible throw of 90.54, he had earned silver. Even so, it was the best performance an Indian competitor has ever achieved. Additionally, it made him one of just two Indian competitors to take home a medal. The first came from Anju Bobby George, who took home bronze in the women’s long jump event at the 2003 World Championships in Paris. Neeraj became the first Indian to ever win multiple golds at the World Championships in athletics thanks to his performance on Sunday.
Neeraj Chopra’s Career Thus Far
Rewind to when he first began to match Zelezny. Up until Sunday, only the legendary javelin thrower from the Czech Republic and Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway had won the Olympic, World, and regional championships simultaneously. Neeraj has already won gold in the Asian Games in Jakarta in 2018, the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020, and the World Athletics Championships in 2023. He is the first javelin thrower from India to win gold at the World Championships in athletics, the Olympics, the Asian Games, and the Commonwealth Games. In addition, he won the Diamond League in 2022 and was the junior world champion in 2016.