Neeraj Chopra climbs to second spot in world rankings after Olympic gold

Neeraj Chopra's remarkable show at the Tokyo Olympic Games assured he gained 14 places in the world rankings. Neeraj, who won gold in javelin throw, India's first medal in track and field events, is currently placed second with a score of 1315. Germany's Johannes Vetter, who missed out on a medal at the Olympic Games, still holds the top spot with a score of 1396.

Before the current rankings were revealed, Neeraj was ranked 16th in the world. At the Tokyo Games, Neeraj threw 87.58 metres to clinch the gold and became India's second individual gold medallist at the Olympic Games.

 

While strong favourite Vetter finished ninth in the final, Neeraj threw better than two athletes from the Czech Republic to top the podium. Jakub Vadlejch took silver with a best mark of 86.67 meters and former world champion Vitezslav Vesely won the bronze with a throw of 85.44.

"It feels unbelievable. It is the first time India has won gold in athletics, so I feel very good. We have just one gold here in other sports. Milkha Singh wanted to hear the national anthem in a stadium. He is no longer with us but his dream has been fulfilled," Neeraj said after his historic triumph.

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