Neeraj Chopra became the winner of the Olympic gold medal in the men’s Javelin final at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
After shooter Abhinav Bindra, Neeraj Chopra is the second Indian to grab an individual gold medal at the Olympics. His best performance was an impressive 87.58 throw during his second attempt at the sporting event. In addition, his 87.03m throw was the second-best throw at the finals.
The Olympic record is held by Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen for his whopping 90.57m throw during the Beijing Olympics in the year 2008. Even so, Czech Republic’s Jan Železný holds the world record for his 98.48m throw that he delivered in the year 1996.
The finals started with Moldovan athlete Andrian Mardare recording an 81.16m throw during his first attempt. Neeraj started with an impressive 87.03 throw in his opening attempt; he outdid his performance of the qualifying round with this throw.
German’s Julian Weber closed in on Neeraj with his 85.30m throw. Close on the heels of Weber was Vetter who recorded 82.52m during his first attempt. Nadeem from Pakistan managed an 82.40m throw in his opening attempt.
Chopra is credited for winning the seventh medal for India and the first gold medal – at the Tokyo Olympics. He joins shooter Abhinav Bindra in securing an individual Olympics gold medal for the country. After Chopra’s win, India has bettered its performance of 6 medals that were won by the country’s sportspersons at the 2012 London Games.
Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (86.67m) took home the Olympics silver medal. More so, Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic won the Olympics bronze medal for his 85.44 m throw.
Chopra qualified for the final round after his stunning 86.59m throw; he topped the qualification round with this impressive performance.
Chopra is hailed for being the first Indian to win an Olympics gold medal in athletics since India started participating in the Olympics Games from the year 1920 onwards; the Olympic games were held in Antwerp, Belgium, during that year.
Neeraj Chopra is 23 years old and the son of a farmer from Khandra Village, which is traceable near Panipat in Haryana; he pursued athletics to lose weight.
Here’s congratulating Neeraj Chopra for giving India the much sought-after gold medal in athletics!