Neeraj Chopra scripted history after winning a gold medal in Javelin throw. Neeraj Chopra on Saturday 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. His second throw of 87.58 was enough for him to earn a gold medal in javelin throw final. Chopra became the first ever Indian athlete to win an Olympic title in athletics.
The 23-year-old farmer’s son from Haryana, by his throw in the finals 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. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that a “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,” he wrote on Twitter.