Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra rose to No. 2 sport in the most up-to-date rankings issued by World Athletics on Wednesday (August 11). Neeraj, who won gold in men’s javelin throw, was as soon as ranked 2d with a rating of 1315, only in the support of Germany’s Johannes Vetter who leads the rankings with a rating of 1396 nevertheless failed to execute it to the top 8 spot in the final at Tokyo Olympics. Poland’s Marcin Krukowski (three), Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (four) – who won silver medal at Tokyo – and Germany’s Julian Weber (five) full the top five in the rankings.
Neeraj Chopra became India’s first Olympic gold medallist in notice-and-field events with a simplest strive of 87.58m in the men’s javelin throw final. Neeraj’s strive also contributed to India ending with their simplest-ever medals tally of seven at the Olympics.
Neeraj Chopra was as soon as accorded an unlimited welcome upon his return to India and was as soon as felicitated alongside with just a few of India’s assorted medallists at the Tokyo Olympics by Sports actions Minister Anurag Thakur and weak Sports actions Minister Kiren Rijiu amongst others in a glittering ceremony in Current Delhi.
While javelin throw would possibly per chance presumably per chance also merely not be a favored notice and field sport in the nation, Neeraj Chopra’s gold medal-profitable feat at the Tokyo Olympics and the Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) chance to celebrate August 7 every three hundred and sixty five days as ‘Nationwide Javelin Throw Day’ has obtained an unlimited thumbs up from sports actions enthusiasts across the nation.
Followers on social media termed AFI chance ‘flooring breaking’, whereas others acknowledged ‘this would possibly per chance presumably per chance again our younger technology to support out more’.
“Finest? Hope they (AFI) execute it an unlimited occasion yearly with Javelin rivals across the nation. Will almost definitely be genuinely flooring breaking,” tweeted a fan, whereas one other wrote, “Factual switch everyone need to increase? this would possibly per chance presumably per chance again our younger he technology to support out more.”
On Monday, right through a felicitation ceremony for Chopra, AFI had launched that August 7 every three hundred and sixty five days would possibly per chance presumably per chance presumably be illustrious as the ‘Nationwide Javelin Throw Day’ with competitions in all states and union territories to commemorate the athlete`s feat of profitable the nation`s first athletics gold medal at the Olympic Video games with a throw of 87.58m.
“We can celebrate August 7 as Nationwide Javelin Day from next three hundred and sixty five days to price Neeraj’s victory. All our affiliated fashions will support Javelin competitions in the respective States (and Union Territories). And a three hundred and sixty five days later, we can get all our 600-plus district fashions also to occupy same competitions on August7,” AFI Planning Committee chairman Lalit Bhanot had acknowledged at the characteristic on Tuesday.
The 23-three hundred and sixty five days-old Chopra had acknowledged he was as soon as humbled by the announcement. “I’m feeling moral that the AFI is making my success to be remembered in the longer term years. I will doubtless be happier if my gold medal comprise conjures up children to take hold of to athletics, especially javelin throw,” he acknowledged.
(with agency inputs)