New Delhi: Javelin wonder Neeraj Chopra etched his name in history on Saturday evening when he became the first Indian athlete to grab the title of world champion at the U-20 World Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

A distance of 86.84m secured Neeraj an assured clinch at the gold medal as he broke the U-20 world record. Neeraj Chopra is an 18-year-old athlete from Kahndra village in Haryana’s Panipat district.

With Neeraj’s new world record, he has officially surpassed the distance set by Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais (84.69 metres).

“When the spear left my hand on that second throw, I had a feeling that this was a special throw. I don’t think I expected it to go over 86 meters but since the last couple of months, I have worked hard on my fitness, my technique and it all paid off today,” the Indian Express quoted Chopra as saying.

“In the last one year, Neeraj has made astronomical improvement. But I don’t think it should stop. The best guys in the youth categories kept improving. There’s no reason, why he shouldn’t. In a year, with a bit of luck, he could be throwing something special,” Neeraj’s coach Garry Calvert said.