India concluded the 19th edition of the Planet Athletics Championships, also identified as Budapest 23, with a total of 1 medal. Niraj Chopra, the reigning Tokyo Olympic champion, won gold in the men’s javelin occasion, becoming the very first Indian athlete to grow to be a planet champion. This was India’s third ever medal at the Planet Athletics Championships, the preceding honors obtaining gone to Anja Bobby George’s extended jump bronze at Paris 2003 and Neeraj’s silver at Oregon 2022.

Apart from Neeraj Chopra’s outstanding efficiency, India’s men’s 4x400m relay set an Asian record at the championships. Moreover, Parul Chaudhary broke the national record to qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.

The Indian contingent for the Planet Athletics Championships consisted of 23 guys and 4 ladies, for a total of 27 athletes. Amongst them have been prominent national record holders like Avinash Sable, Jyothi Yarraji, Yesvin Aldrin and Praveen Chithravel. Notable members of the Indian group incorporated Murali Sreeshankar, Eldhose Paul, Shaili Singh, DP Manu, Annu Rani and Abdulla Aboobacker.

India competed in a total of 15 events, 11 for guys and 4 for ladies, at the 2023 Planet Athletics Championships in Budapest. The men’s group participated in events such as 800m, 1500m, 400mH, 3000m SC, higher jump, extended jump, triple jump, javelin throw, 20km stroll and 4x400m relay. The women’s group competed in the disciplines of one hundred mH, 3000 m SC, extended jump and javelin throw.

In conclusion, Neeraj Chopra’s men’s javelin gold medal was the highlight of India’s efficiency at the 2023 Planet Athletics Championships in Budapest. The Indian group has showcased its mettle and broken records in several events, cementing its presence on the international athletics scene.

By Editor