Neeraj Chopra wins gold medal in Javelin final at Tokyo Olympics
By Our Correspondent, 07/08/2021, Tokyo

In Tokyo Olympics, India’s Javelin throw star Neeraj Chopra created history by winning the first ever Gold Medal in Olympic track and field event.

Neeraj Chopra became only the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics, out-performing the field by quite a distance to notch up the first track-and-field Games medal for the country.

The 23-year-old farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana produced the second throw of 87.58m in the finals to stun the athletics world and end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics.

Chopra won the country’s seventh medal and first gold in this Olympics and joined shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) as India’s individual gold winners in the showpiece.

With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medals achieved in the 2012 London Games. Neeraj Chopra will be taking the flag for India at the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony.

Earlier, Abhinav Apjit Bindra won gold in the 10-meter air rifle event at the 2008 Summer Olympics and that was also India’s first Olympic gold medal since 1980.