Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra becomes first Indian to win Olympic Gold in Athletics

With a gold win, Neeraj Chopra created history as he delivered the seventh medal for India in Tokyo Olympics- the country’s highest ever.

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra bags gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020 on August 7, 2021 (PHOTO: Twitter)

India's Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history by wining Gold medal in men's javelin throw at Tokyo Olympic on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Indian athlete gave his best throw of 87.58 to bag the gold medal. With this, he has become the first Indian athlete to win gold ever and India's second ever individual Olympic gold medalist after shooter Abhinav Bindra, who bagged gold in Beijing 2008.

With this outstanding performance, Neeraj also took India's medal haul to seven in the Tokyo Olympics - the country's highest ever, beating the tally of six medals won at the London Games in 2012.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and an absolutely ecstatic India congratulated Neeraj Chopra for making India proud.

"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!" the President tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter and lauded Chopra for creating history at the Olympics.

"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," Modi wrote in his Twitter post.

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur shared a clip of him watching the winning moment on Twitter with congratulation message. “NEERAJ CHOPRA, India’s Golden Boy! Your superbly soaring throw deserves a Billion Cheers! Your name will be etched in the history books with golden letters #Tokyo2020.” Sports Minister tweeted.

Born on December 24, 1997, Neeraj Chopra hails from Khandra village in Panipat, Haryana. Trained at SAI NSNIS Patiala, Chopra grew up to become India’s first ever javelin thrower to win a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and 2018 Asian Games.

First Published:Aug. 7, 2021, 8:03 p.m.

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