“Commendable That…”: What Neeraj Chopra Said About Pakistan Javelin Thrower Arshad Nadeem At World Athletics Championships
Neeraj Chopra of India made history on Sunday by becoming the country’s second medal winner at the World Athletics Championships after Anju Bobby George did so in 2003. Neeraj won the silver medal after throwing 88.13 metres on his fourth try. Anderson Peters won the gold medal with a throw of 90.54 metres.
Following the victory, Neeraj talked about how he chatted with Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem and offered him his congratulations for a superb throw in the championship.
“I spoke to Arshad after the competition ended. I told him that he did very well. He replied that he had issues with his elbow. I further congratulated him for a great throw and it was a great comeback from his injury and it was commendable that he threw the javelin over 86 metres,” said Neeraj during a virtual press conference.
When Arshad and Neeraj greeted each other at the podium at the Jakarta Asian Games in 2018, a photo of the pair went viral. Neeraj acknowledged that after the fourth attempt in the final, he experienced some little thigh discomfort.
“After the 4th throw, I did feel a bit of discomfort in my thigh, I wasn’t able to put in that much effort. That was on my mind, but I just wanted to make sure I can throw. So I strapped my thigh. Hopefully it will be fine. I will know by morning how it feels or if there is something to worry about,” said Neeraj.
Anderson Peters of Grenada won the gold medal with a throw of 90.54 metres, and Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic took home the bronze.
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