India’s Neeraj Chopra Sets A New U-20 Javelin World Record

He aspires to win a medal at Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and if his recent accomplishment is any indication of future success, we believe his dream may come true. At the age of 19, Neeraj Chopra is the first Indian athlete to become a world champion after he set an Under-20 world record in the Javelin Throw event in the final of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland on July 23.

?I was hoping to throw far but I never expected to throw over 86m and break the world U20 record,? Chopra said in a statement. ?My ultimate target was to qualify for the Olympics but I didn?t make it. My other goal was to win at the World U20 Championships.?

He led the event with a record 86.48m win in the second round, after a solid opening round throw of 79.66m. South Africa?s Johan Grobler came in second place, while Anderson Peters from Grenada ranked in third place.

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