Neeraj Chopra rises to number 2 in World Athletics after Olympic gold


India’s maiden Olympics athletics medal winner Neeraj Chopra gained a whopping 14 places to occupy the second spot in the men’s javelin throw world rankings after his historic gold in the Tokyo Games. 

The 23-year-old Chopra, who sent the spear to 87.58m to clinch historic Gold, was at a lowly 16 before the Tokyo Games with an average performance score of 1224.Po'and's Marcin Krukowski is third with 1302 points while Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic, who won the silver medal in Tokyo, is fourth with 1298 points. Julian Weber of Germany is seated in fifth place with 1291 points.

Chopra is the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics and only the second Indian after shooter Abhinav Bindra, to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics.

Chopra is currently on a break and will hope to make it to the Diamond League Finals when he returns to the circuit. He had taken part in four events abroad before the Olympics, with the 88.07 metres he achieved in Patiala in March this year to break his own National Record being his season best effort.