Neeraj Chopra celebrates a proud moment for himself and his country as he won the men’s javelin for India’s first Olympic athletics gold in Tokyo on Saturday. The 23-year-old Chopra created a winning best of 86.58 metres to beat India’s previous two silver medals in the 200m and the now defunct 200m hurdles in the 1900 games in Paris with India’s Norman Pritchard.
Neeraj Chopra won India’s first gold medal in Olympic athletics on Saturday with a throw of 86.58 metres to secure the javelin title at the Tokyo Games. The 23-year-old Chopra won gold at the track and field meet in Sotteville, beating a competitive field that included London 2012 Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott.
It was a historic day for the nation as Neeraj Chopra’s javelin throw pierced the Tokyo night sky and ushered in a new dawn for Indian sport. After winning India’s first athletics gold medal at the Olympics, the 22-year-old will be forever etched in the hearts of Indians in Tokyo. Neer Raj Chopra became the first athlete from India to win gold at the 2018 Asian and Commonwealth Games in the Javelin.
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Hong Kong won one gold, two silver and two bronze medals, making Tokyo Olympics his most successful yet on 2020. It was also the second bronze medal of the day after the women’s table tennis team beat Germany 3-1. [Sources: 5]
The Indian men’s hockey team won the bronze medal with a 5: 4 victory over Germany, ending its 41-year medal drought. India has won more Olympic gold medals in field hockey than any other country and the return of a men’s team to the medal podium at the Tokyo Games with bronze after a 41-year drought sparked widespread celebrations. Let us tell you why this is the first time in the history of the Olympics that an Indian in athletics has won a medal.
Chopra’s victory takes India’s medal tally for Tokyo 2020 to seven – one gold, two silver and four bronze – which is his best result at the Olympics. This is the second individual gold for India in Olympic history, after Abhinav Bindra won top spot in the 10-meter air rifle shooting at the Beijing games 2008. In team competition, the Indian men’s hockey team has won a record eight Olympic gold medals.
Early Saturday, India’s Bajrang beat Punia Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan 8-0 in the battle for bronze in the men’s 65 freestyle. With Neeraj’s gold on the final day, India ended their campaign at the XXII Olympics with seven medals, the country’s best performance at the Summer Games.
Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first ever Olympic gold medal in track and field by winning javelin
Half an hour after the Indian flag flew from the tallest pole in Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, Neeraj Chopra stood on the medal podium and felt himself on top of the world. Chopra, who won the Javelin title at the Tokyo Games, had a chance to secure the title on Saturday with a personal best of 86.58 meters. The 24-year-old from Nagpur had dropped the javelin in his first throw while trying to secure his throwing belt at the Olympic Stadium.
His gigantic throw on Saturday in the men’s javelin at the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo finally ended India’s 121-year wait for an Olympic medal in athletics. Neeraj Chopra’s 85.17m throw put him well ahead of a field where Moldovan Andrian Mardare (81.48 m) and Lithuanian Edis Matusevicius (79.31 m) came second and third respectively. The javelin soared to 87.58m, giving India its first Olympic medal in an athletics competition.
I wanted to break the Olympic record but I overdid it and it had to be broken, ‘he added. Milkha Singh, Usha Anju and Bobby George came close to winning medals in athletics at the Olympics but narrowly missed out on the podium. Czech Jakub Vadlejch Vitezslav won silver and bronze.
The British powerhouse, who won two silvers and two bronze medals, took home gold in Tokyo with Galal Yafai. The British fighter defeated Carlos Paalam of the Philippines in the first round of the fight for the gold medal and claimed a comfortable victory. Paalam failed to win the first Olympic boxing gold medal in history for the Philippines and knocked the defending champion Shakhoibidin Zoirov out of the final.
The 23-year-old farmer’s son from Khandra village in Panipat, Haryana won the country’s seventh medal and first gold at the Olympics, joining the shooter Abhinav Bindra (Beijing Games 2008) as the Indian gold medallist at the Games. Varun Dhawan shares live video of athletes performing at the Tokyo Olympics. Scroll down for the biggest news and events from India and more.
One of the strong medal contenders, javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, won the second attempt with the best throw of 86.58m. Johannes Vetter of Germany, considered a strong medal contender, managed a good throw of 82.52 m, while Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem had a very good throw of 84.62 m.