Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has made history by becoming the first athlete to win gold on track and field at the Olympics. He threw a distance of 87.58 meters to win gold at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
Neeraj started his quest for the medal with a huge throw of 87.03 meters and took the lead in the pack after the first attempt was over. He improved it with a second throw of 87.58 meters. Although he could not improve further, it was enough for him to earn a respectable medal. He is the second Indian to win a gold medal in individual events after Abhinav Bindra.
As a result of this victory, India has now won seven medals in the multi-sports event. Bajrang Punia (bronze), Mirabai Chanu (silver), PV Sindhu (bronze), Lovlina Borgohain (bronze), men's hockey team (bronze) and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) also won medals at Tokyo 2020.
Neeraj announced his arrival at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday, where he threw 86.65 meters and qualified for the final after his first attempt.
The Indian javelin thrower has his personal best of 88.07 meters, which is his season-best before launching his Olympic campaign.
History is written in Tokyo. What Neeraj Chopra has achieved today will be remembered forever. Young Neeraj performed wonderfully. He played with great passion and congratulations on winning gold. " PM Narendra Modi tweeted
"Neeraj Chopra's amazing victory! Your javelin made history by breaking gold barriers. You led India to the track and field medal in the first Olympics. Your victory inspires our youth. India is excited! Congratulations, President Ram Nath Kovind wrote on Twitter.
Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Thakur described Neeraj as the "Golden Boy" of India. He said, "Your magnificent boom deserves a billion cheers! Your name will be written in gold letters in the history books."
Chopra's main rival was German Johannes Vetter, but he crashed just three throws later. Chopra won India's first medal at the track and field event. This is India's first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
This is India's first gold medal since the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Abhinav Bindra is the last person to win a gold medal for the country.