On Sunday, Neeraj’s big throw of 88.17m at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest helped him secure a World Championships gold, the only missing trophy in his decorated cabinet.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar led in applauding country’s star javelin thrower, terming his achievement as “historic milestone for Indian sports”.
Besides the Tokyo Olympics gold, he has won the yellow metal in the Asian Games (2018) and Commonwealth Games (2018). He has also won four individual Diamond League Meeting titles (two each in 2022 and 2023) apart from Diamond League champion’s trophy last year.
He also became junior world champion in 2016 and won the Asian Championships title in 2017.
Former India coach Ravi Shastri termed Chopra as a big occasion athlete.
VVS Laxman also took to ‘X’ to congratulate Chopra.
Virender Sehwag was at his wittiest best while hailing the young athlete’s achievement.
Not just the cricketing fraternity, India’s first individual Olympic golde medallist Abhinav Bindra and Tokyo Games silver medallist weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu also congratulated Chopra on his tremendous accomplishment.
(With inputs from PTI)