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PM Modi congratulates Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for becoming first Indian world champion in athletics

Updated: Jul 24, 2016 11:21 IST

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra for his outstanding sporting accomplishment, as he became the first Indian athlete to become a world champion at any level after winning a gold medal at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

"Congratulations Neeraj Chopra for the outstanding sporting accomplishment. We are proud of you," tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

Neeraj Chopra, with an effort of 86.48m, has set a new world to win the gold medal at the IAAF World U-20 Athletics Meet.

He broke the old mark of 84.69 metres held by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais by nearly two metres.

The 18-year-old Javelin thrower bettered his previous personal best of 82.23 set at the South Asian Games earlier this year, which incidentally was the old national record. (ANI)