Indian superstar Neeraj Chopra sprints past legendary Usain Bolt in popularity!

December 17, 2022

Sports Tak Staff

Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra has dislodged the iconic Usain Bolt as the "most visible" athlete in the world after winning a historic gold medal in the Tokyo Games. 

The 24-year-old Indian further enhanced his superstar status by winning a silver at the world championships.

Chopra led a star-studded field in terms of media coverage with 812 articles published in his name.

Jamaican sprint trio of Elaine Thompson-Herah (751), Shelley-Ann Fraser-Pryce (698) and Shericka Jackson (679) were ranked behind Chopra. 

The charismatic Bolt, also a Jamaican, was in the fifth spot with 574 articles in his name.

This is the first time that Bolt, who retired in 2017 and who still holds the world record in 100m and 200m, has not led the list.

After his Tokyo Olympics gold, Chopra won silver in the world championships in Eugene and then became the first Indian to win the Diamond League final title.

Chopra's success has put Indian athletics on the global stage.

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