Neeraj Chopra wins India's first athletics gold in men's javelin at Tokyo 2020

Neeraj Chopra wins India's first athletics gold in men's javelin at Tokyo 2020

By Semi Turaga
Sunday 08/08/2021
[image: World Athletics]

India has claimed their first-ever Olympic gold in athletics as Neeraj Chopra won the men's javelin at Tokyo 2020.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games champion who is only 23-years-old registered a best throw of 87.58m to win a historic medal for India.

The Czech Republic's Jakub Vadlejch won silver with 86.67m, while compatriot Vitezslav Vesely took bronze (85.44m).

He is only the second Indian to win an individual gold after Abhinav Bindra in the 10m air rifle event at Beijing 2008.

Hundreds of people watched the javelin final on a screen outside Chopra's house in Panipat in the northern state of Haryana.

After producing the best throw of 86.65m in qualifying, Chopra threw 87.03m on his first attempt in the final.

None of his rivals managed to surpass that mark and Chopra improved his lead with his second attempt.

India's sports minister Anurag Thakur described Chopra as "India's golden boy" on Twitter.

Prime minister Narendra Modi added: "What Neeraj Chopra has achieved today will be remembered forever."

[Source: BBC ]

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