Neeraj Chopra creates history and wins gold. He brings home the first-ever track and field medal to India. Neeraj Chopra was on top of the scoreboard with his first attempt of 87.03, second attempt 87.58.
Neeraj Chopra becomes the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to get gold.
Two Czechoslovakia throwers were close with 86.67m and 85.44m scores but couldn’t cross the mark set by Neeraj. Big relief came to India when the 2017 world champion Vetter Johannes, the gold medal favourite, was out of the competition after the 3rd round with his final best of 82.52m.
On the 4th of August, he became the first Indian javelin thrower who qualified for the finals at the Olympics.
All eyes were on Neeraj to deliver India’s elusive Olympic medal in athletics and end the 100-year-old wait as he competed in the men’s javelin throw final. Chopra had fuelled up the country’s expectations by being on the top at the qualification round.
This season, everyone lost hope after the world champions Mary Kom and P.V Sindhu didn’t make it to gold. But the golden throw by Neeraj Chopra has changed everything.
The country has surpassed its previous medal haul of six medals at the 2012 London Games with this win.
Neeraj will be taking the flag for India at the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony.