TokyoOlympics: Indian Athlete Neeraj Chopra creates history as he wins the first-ever Gold Medal. Not only this, but he bags the position of becoming the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics. After defeating world number one Johannes Vetter in the Men’s Javelin throw finals, Neeraj bagged countries first medal in athletics.
Neeraj began the match with a huge 87.03m and then aced it on the second attempt with an even bigger 87.58m. The Indian’s third and fourth attempts, however, were unsuccessful. Neeraj threw 84.24 metres in his fifth and last try. Two Czechs, Jakub Vadlejch (86.67) and Vitezslav Vesely (85.44), win silver and bronze. The pre-competition favourite Johannes Vetter did not make the final round of throws, finishing 9th.
Chopra became India’s seventh medalist and first gold medalist at the Olympics, joining shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) as an individual gold medalist. The country has now exceeded its previous highest haul of six medals from the 2012 London Olympics. At the Tokyo Olympics’ closing ceremony, India’s flag will be carried by Neeraj Chopra.
Wishes float in…
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, and Indians from all corners of the country congratulated Neeraj Chopra for his achievement.
Unprecedented win by Neeraj Chopra!Your javelin gold breaks barriers and creates history. You bring home first ever track and field medal to India in your first Olympics. Your feat will inspire our youth. India is elated! Heartiest congratulations!
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) August 7, 2021
President Sri Ram Nath Kovind congratulated the athlete and said Your feat will inspire our youth. India is elated!
History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold. #Tokyo2020 https://t.co/2NcGgJvfMS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulates Neeraj for his performance and tweets, “History has been scripted at Tokyo! What Neeraj has achieved today will be remembered forever.”
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NEERAJ 🥇 CHOPRA
India’s 🇮🇳 Golden Boy !
India’s Olympic History has been scripted!
Your superbly soaring throw
deserves a Billion Cheers !
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 7, 2021
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur shared a clip of him watching the winning moment on Twitter with a congratulation message. “India’s Olympic History has been scripted! Your superbly soaring throw deserves a Billion Cheers! Your name will be etched in the history books with golden letters.”
Neeraj! Not just an athlete but a Naib Subedar as well..
Born on 24 December 1997, the splendid Indian javelin thrower is not just an athlete but also a Naib Subedar. Not many know, that the 23-year-old lad is a farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana and serves in the Indian Army. In 2016, he was appointed a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army with the rank of Naib Subedar. General MM Naravane COAS and All Ranks of the Indian Army congratulated Subedar Neeraj Chopra over Twitter.
General MM Naravane #COAS and All Ranks of #IndianArmy congratulate Subedar Neeraj Chopra on winning Nation’s first ever #GoldMedal in #Javelin in Olympics with a throw of 87.58 meters at #TokyoOlympics.#MissionOlympics#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/HUotK29P4K
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 7, 2021
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has announced that he will be given Rs 6 crore & a class I category job as per their policy. And a Centre of Excellence for athletes in Panchkula, where he will be the head if he wants will be built. Along with this, he will be given a plot with a 50% concession, like other players.
Records of Gold Medal till now…
Andreas Thorkildsen of Norway holds the Olympic record with a throw of 90.57 metres, which he set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. While Jan elezn of the Czech Republic holds the world mark, which he set in 1996, with a throw of 98.48m.
So far, India has won seven medals at the Tokyo Olympics – two silver, four bronze and one gold medal.
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