A look at India’s big wins at Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Tokyo Olympics 2021 Updates: Neeraj Chopra wins historic athletics gold as India record best ever haul of 7 medals.
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.
They called it the Olympics like no other and India would agree as debutant javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra shattered several glass ceilings to become the country’s first gold-medallist in 13 years, his stupendous show making it the best ever Games for a nation starved for success at the grandest sporting spectacle. With the addition of Chopra’s gold on the last day of their competitive schedule, India signed off with seven medals in all, including two silver and four bronze, the last of which was delivered by superstar wrestler Bajrang Punia on the day.
Neeraj Chopra Wins Historic GOLD in Athletics, Bajrang Punia Clinches Bronze; India Finish With Best-Ever Medal Tally.
Neeraj Chopra men’s javelin throw finals Tokyo Olympics Updates: Indian ‘Spear Man’ wins gold, first medal for India in athletics