Haryana hailed Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra made a history by becoming the first Indian athlete to become a world champion after he clinched a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
- With the record he also produced new U-20 world record by throwing the javelin a stupendous distance of 86.48m. His mark is also a new national record. He is 18.
- The Javelin thrower broke the old mark of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais by nearly two metres.
- Chopra also bettered his previous personal best of 82.23 set at the South Asian Games.
- To encourage the feat of the young Chopra Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh.
- The javelin throw is a track and field event where the javelin,a pole weapon consisting of a shaft, usually of wood, with a pointed head about 2.5 m (8 ft 2 in) in length, is thrown.
- The thrower gains momentum by running within a determined area. Javelin throwing is an event of both the men’s decathlon and the women’s heptathlon.