Tokyo Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra attained the world No: 1 spot in the latest men's javelin throw rankings issued by the World Athletics. According to the Olympic Games statement, Chopra, the first Indian to achieve this massive feat, topped the charts with 1455 points, 22 ahead of Grenada’s Anderson Peters. Rohit Yadav, at number 15, and DP Manu, at 17, are the other Indian javelin throwers featured in the top 20.
The 25-year-old field athlete rose to world number two on August 30, 2022, but was stuck behind Peters since then. In September 2022, Chopra bagged the Diamond League 2022 finals in Zurich, becoming the first Indian to win the trophy. He then returned to action at the season-opening Doha Diamond League on May 5, 2023, and finished first with a throw of 88.67m.
Chopra, who clinched a gold at the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast in 2018, was sidelined from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games due to a groin injury. His achievement received appreciation from various personalities, including the Governor of Haryana Bandaru Dattatreya.
He will next compete at the FBK Games on June 4, 2023, in the Netherlands. He has also confirmed participation at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland, on June 13, 2023. Olympic Games mentioned that the 2023 season would be crucial for Chopra with the Paris 2024 Olympics approaching. "Besides defending his Diamond League crown and the Asian Games javelin gold medal at Hangzhou, Neeraj Chopra will also compete at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest," it added.
Chopra who hails from Khandra Panipat, Haryana earned his bachelor’s degree from Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab