JAPAN. Tokyo: Neeraj Chopra scripted history at Tokyo and became the first-ever Indian athlete to win an individual gold for India. Chopra won India’s lone gold medal at the javelin throw event with a throw of 87.58m, finishing at the top of the table. He became the second Indian ever to win an individual gold after Abhinav Bindra.
Bindra won gold in Men’s 10m air rifle shooting in the 2008 Olympic Games. Chopra was in tremendous form right from the beginning of the Games. His sheer determination and optimistic attitude were a treat for sore eyes.
This is a historic achievement for the 22-year-old lad as it was his first-ever Olympic Games.
With Chopra’s historic gold medal victory, India’s medal tally has now reached seven. This is India’s highest-ever medal tally at the Olympics. India’s previous-best medal tally was six medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Chopra’s gold medal is India’s first gold medal in the javelin throw event.
Congratulating Chopra Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “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“
“And Gold it is for @Neeraj_chopra1 .Take a bow, young man ! You have fulfilled a nation’s dream. Thank you! Also, welcome to the club – a much needed addition! Extremely proud. I am so delighted for you.”