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Historic Neeraj chopra wins first Gold for India in Tokyo Olympics in Javelin Throw

Aug 7, 2021
Neeraj chopra after his throw in The final Olympic Games of 2021

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won a historic athletics gold medal to become India’s second ever individual Olympic gold medallist after shooter Abhinav Bindra. Wrestler Bajrang Punia won a bronze as India equalled their best ever Olympic medal haul of 6 medals. Golfer Aditi Ashok narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth in the women’s individual Stroke Play. 

Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian to win the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday evening. The Indian achieved the feat in the men’s javelin throw finals, after defeating the likes of world number one Johannes Vetter. This was also India’s first medal in athletics in the history of Olympics.  

Neeraj kicked-off the proceedings with a gigantic 87.03m and then aced it up in the second attempt by reaching the 87.58m mark. However, the third and fourth attempt by the Indian didn’t count. In the fifth and final attempt, Neeraj threw 84.24m.  

Neeraj’s opening 87.03m was enough to secure him the yellow metal at the Tokyo Olympics as none of the twelve participants touched the mark. 

Meanwhile, Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch and Vítězslav Veselý bagged the silver and bronze. Vadlejch best throw of 86.67m, which earned him the silver medal came in his fifth attempt. While Veselý threw 85.44m to finish third.  

Neeraj had qualifed for the finals with a monstrous 86.65m throw and had also topped the qualifying round. 

Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen holds the Olympic record with a 90.57m, which he achieved in Beijing Olympics in 2008. While the world record, which is 98.48m is held by Czech Republic’s Jan Železný, a milestone scripted in 1996.  

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