Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra 1st Indian to set world record

neeraj-chopraNeeraj Chopra, 18, set a new junior world record of 85.48m to win the gold medal at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championship. This made him the first Indian to set a record in athletics.

A Panipat, Haryana lad, Chopra’s is the 8th best among all javelin throwers this year. He is also ahead of defending Olympic gold medalist Keshorn Wallcot of Trinidad and Tobago.

Neeraj had also won the South Asian Games gold in Guwahati earlier this year with a personal best of 82.23m.