The World Athletics Championships 2022 in Oregon, USA, turned up several positives for Indian sports.
Neeraj Chopra’s silver medal in the men’s javelin throw was the big headline of Oregon 2022 for India, with the Tokyo Olympic champion finally ending the country’s 19-year-long wait for a medal at the world championships.
Not only was it India’s first silver medal at the world athletics championships, but it was also the country’s second podium finish on the worlds stage after Anju Bobby George’s bronze in the women’s long jump at Paris 2003.
Neeraj Chopra’s compatriot Rohit Yadav also made the finals of the men’s javelin and finished in 10th position.
Among the 22 athletes - 18 men and four women - representing India at the world athletics meet in Eugene, Eldhose Paul also stood out by becoming the first Indian to make a triple jump final at the world championships. He finished ninth in the final.
National record holder Murali Sreeshankar finished seventh in the men’s long jump final as did Annu Rani in the women's javelin throw final. Avinash Sable had a challenging outing in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, finishing a lowly 11th in the final.
Parul Chaudhary (women’s 3000m steeplechase and women's 5000m), MP Jabir (men’s 400m hurdles) and the men’s 4x400m relay team could not progress beyond their respective heats. Long jumpers Jeswin Aldrin and Muhammed Anees Yahiya and triple jumpers Abdulla Aboobacker and Praveen Chithravel were also eliminated in the qualification round.
Race walkers Sandeep Kumar and Priyanka Goswami, meanwhile, had a tough outing in the finals on the opening day in their respective events.
Shot putter Tejinderpal Singh Toor had to pull out due to an injury he suffered a few days ago in training.
Here’s how the Indian athletes have fared so far.