Leaders’ Praise for ‘Golden Boy’ Neeraj Chopra after Historic Gold at World Championships: What They Said

Ā Leaders’ Praise for ‘Golden Boy’ Neeraj Chopra after Historic Gold at World Championships: What They Said

Gold medalist in men’s javelin throw, India’s Neeraj Chopra, posed for portraits during a studio photo session at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest. (AFP)

From President Droupadi Murmu to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and leaders from across party lines, praise poured in for athlete Neeraj Chopra after he made history by becoming the first Indian to win a gold medal in the World Athletics Championships. He achieved this feat with a massive throw of 88.17 meters in the men’s javelin final in Budapest, Hungary.Leaders' Praise for 'Golden Boy' Neeraj Chopra after Historic Gold at World Championships: What They Said

President Droupadi Murmu congratulated the athlete, stating that his performance would inspire millions of Indian youth. She posted on X (formerly Twitter), “Neeraj Chopra adds yet another golden page to the history of Indian sports by becoming the first-ever Indian to win a gold medal in the World Athletics Championships. His superlative performance in the javelin throw finals at Budapest will inspire millions of our youth.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated on X that Chopra’s dedication and passion have made him a symbol of unparalleled excellence in the world of sports. He said, “The talented @Neeraj_chopra1 exemplifies excellence. His dedication, precision, and passion make him not only a champion in athletics but also a symbol of unparalleled excellence in the entire sports world. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold at the World Athletics Championships.”

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge hailed Chopra’s victory at the World Athletics Championships, noting that it adds another achievement to his impressive list. He said on X, “The magnificent performance of @Neeraj_chopra1 has once again made India proud. We are thrilled to witness that his brilliance, dedication, and hard work have now made him the first Indian to win a gold šŸ„‡at the prestigious World Athletics Championships, adding another feather to his growing list of stupendous achievements. Many congratulations Neeraj! May you continue to grow and inspire young athletes.”

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath applauded Chopra’s victory, emphasizing that his achievements have uplifted the spirit of the entire nation. He congratulated Chopra on X, “Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1 on your phenomenal 88.17-meter throw in the #WorldAthleticsChampionships, making you the first Indian with a Diamond League Trophy, a World Championships gold, and an Olympic gold. Your achievements uplift the spirit of the entire nation. Every Indian is ‘over the moon’ with pride and inspiration. Jai Hind!”

Aam Aadmi Party Chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal congratulated Chopra for his maiden victory at the World Athletics Championships, noting that this achievement will inspire generations to come. He said on X, “Double the titles, double the pridešŸ„‡šŸŒ Neeraj Chopra making history for India as the first to hold both Olympic and World Champion titles. A remarkable feat that will inspire generations to come. Congratulations, @Neeraj_chopra1.”

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar praised Chopra for winning the gold medal in men’s javelin, stating that he has once again created history and made the nation proud. Khattar said on X, “My heartiest congratulations to India’s shining star @Neeraj_chopra1, who has created history yet again by becoming the first Indian athlete to win the gold medal at the #WorldAthleticsChampionships – breaking records with a spectacular javelin throw of 88.17 meters! We are all extremely proud of you!”

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann also hailed Chopra for his gold medal win. He said on X in Punjabi, “India’s Neeraj Chopra has scripted history in the ongoing World Athletics Championships at Budapestā€¦Neeraj won the gold medal for India by throwing the javelin at a distance of 88.17 metersā€¦the country is always proud of Neeraj. Chakde India!”

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee celebrated Chopra’s victory, expressing pride on behalf of the entire nation. She said on X, “Congratulations @Neeraj_chopra1!! The entire nation is proud of you for becoming the first Indian to win the gold medal in the javelin throw at the World Athletics Championship today in Budapest. I wish you the very best in all your future endeavors.”

Celebrations erupted in athlete Neeraj Chopra’s native village, Khandra, in Haryana’s Panipat, following his gold medal win in javelin. His uncle, Bhim Chopra, stated that the family was confident he would win gold. “He has fulfilled the dreams of his country by winning gold in this event,” said Bhim Chopra, who played a key role in shaping Neeraj’s career, speaking to PTI. Chopra, 25, achieved his best throw of the day in his second attempt. He had a foul start but then achieved distances of 88.17m, 86.32m, 84.64m, 87.73m, and 83.98m.

Pakistan’s reigning Commonwealth Games champion Arshad Nadeem secured the silver with his season’s best throw of 87.82m, while Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic claimed the bronze.

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