Neeraj Chopra wins first Olympic Gold for India at Tokyo Olympics (Videos)
Saturday 7 August 2021 12:42 PM UTC
TOKYO Aug 7: Neeraj Chopra put in a stunning performance to win India’s first Olympic gold medal in in men’s javelin throw event.
The 23-year-old registered a best attempt of 87.58 to finish ahead of Czech Republic duo of Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely to clinch the gold medal.
It was India’s first gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics and also the country’s second individual gold medal in Olympic history after Abhinav Bindra’s heroics in Beijing 2008.
Proud moment for India ! Incredible #NeerajChopra A Big Congrats ❤️pic.twitter.com/zEsv7klUUd
— Rathnavelu ISC (@RathnaveluDop) August 7, 2021
With his historic effort, he also took India’s medal haul to seven in the ongoing Games – the country’s highest ever, beating the tally of six medals won at the London Games in 2012.
Subedar #NeerajChopra brings home the gold in his #Olympics debut. The Indian national anthem plays in the stadium. How fortunate are we that we saw this live on TV. pic.twitter.com/XSal3JxNIJ
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) August 7, 2021
Chopra started off with a throw of 87.03, taking the lead after the first round of throws itself. If that was a good start, he went even better with his second throw of 87.58. His third throw was 76.79.
With 1 gold, 2 silver & 4 bronze India records best ever medal haul in Olympics. With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medal achieved in the 2012 London Games.
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