Khandra village erupts with joy as Neeraj Chopra takes silver at World Championship : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Mukesh Tandon

Panipat, July 24

The district’s Khandra village erupted in celebrations on Sunday morning after Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra made history once again, becoming only the second Indian and first male track and field athlete to win a medal at the 2022 World Athletics Championship in Oregon, USA, taking silver in the javelin throw final.

Long jumper Anju Bobby George was the first Indian to win a medal – bronze – at the World Championships in 2003 in Paris.

Chopra, 24, threw her javelin a distance of 88.13 meters to clinch the silver medal.

Neeraj won the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on August 7 with a throw of 86.65m.

Family members and villagers watched Neeraj’s javelin event on a giant television screen set up in a street. Family members immediately started handing out laddoos after Neeraj won the silver medal around 7:15 a.m.

There were a few anxious moments at the start but to everyone’s relief, Neeraj found his rhythm and threw the javelin 88.13m on his 4th attempt to win silver.

Saroj Devi, Neeraj’s mother, along with other family members, distributed sweets to the women at home and celebrated the victory with a dance.

“It’s a very happy moment for us because Neeraj won the silver medal at the World Championships right after winning the Olympic gold medal,” said Saroj Devi.

Neeraj will visit the house after three months and we will give her a warm welcome, she said.

Panipat Deputy Commissioner Sushil Kumar Sarwan, who watched the event with Neeraj’s father, Satish Chopra, congratulated the family on their success.

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