Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has created history by winning India’s first gold in track and field at Olympics. The athlete won the gold for India by throwing his best as compared to 12 players from across the world.
Chopra threw a distance of 87.58m and secured gold at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj started the game with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was already leading the pack after the end of first attempt. However he still bettered his score with the second throw of 87.58m. Even though he wasn’t able to improve any further in the third attempt, it was enough to get him the coveted medal.
Chopra is also the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events. As a result of this win, India has now won seven medals in the multi-sporting event which is its all time high.
In the ongoing Tokyo 2020, Bajrang Punia (Bronze), Mirabai Chanu (silver), PV Sindhu (bronze), Lovlina Borgohain (bronze), men’s hockey team (bronze), and Ravi Kumar Dahiya (silver) have also won medals.
Neeraj announced his intentions of settling for nothing less than Gold at his arrival. The athlete threw a monstrous throw of 86.65m and automatically qualified for the final after just his first attempt.
The Indian javelin thrower had a personal best of 88.07 metres which was also his season-best before starting his Olympics campaign.