WATCH: Neeraj Chopra’s heartwarming gesture towards Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem after winning Gold in World Athletics Championship 2023



On 27 August 2023, the whole of India were eagerly watching Neeraj Chopra in action in the men’s javelin final at the World Athletics Championships 2023 in Budapest. However, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem managed to give a close fight to him and both of them scripted history for their respective nations. Finally, Neeraj won the Gold medal with his best throw of 88.17 m in his second attempt. while Nadeem settled for a Silver with his season-best throw of 87.82 m in his third attempt. 

Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won the Bronze medal with his best throw of 86.67 m. After the event, Neeraj and Vadlejch were seen posing for photos with their respective national flags. But, then, Neeraj came up with an epic gesture towards Arshad who did not get a Pakistan national flag. He called the Silver medalist and both posed together with the Indian flag behind. Seeing that heartwarming gesture, fans applauded Neeraj and the internet went crazy.

Here is the shared video:

“We (Indians) can do anything. Just keep working hard.” – Neeraj Chopra

With this historic win, Neeraj Chopra became India’s first-ever gold medallist at the World Championships while Arshad Nadeem became the very first medallist for Pakistan in the history of the competition. In last year’s World Athletics Championship, Neeraj won the Silver medal.

After the victory while speaking to the reporters, Neeraj said: “I would like to thank every Indian, because they are staying up all night to support me. This medal is for them. I became an Olympic champion first, and now, I am a world champion. We (Indians) can do anything. Just keep working hard.”

“Everyone said this is the only medal I was missing – it has been achieved now. I still need to hit the 90m mark. I thought I would be able to do it today, but winning the gold medal was the most important outcome. Many competitions are coming up and I have time on my side, so I will work harder for those competitions,” he concluded.

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