At Tokyo Olympics 2020, India won its first medal in javelin throw by Neeraj Chopra. Neeraj Chopra in the first attempt threw a distance of 87.58m, also the final winning distancing. This is India’s 7th medal at Tokyo 2020, the best one. Chopra’s Gold is also India’s second-ever individual Gold medal at the Olympics, after Abhinav Bindra in Shooting in 2008. Subedar Neeraj Chopra VSM is an Indian javelin thrower and Junior military officer within the Indian Army.
Neeraj Chopra was on the flight to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics. But as fate would have it, his breakthrough performance during the planet Athletics Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2016, came just 12 days after the qualification period for the Olympics ended.
However, five years later, the boy from Panipat’s Khandra village scripted history. He became the primary Indian track and field and second Indian athlete to win Olympic gold.
Review of Javelin throw:
In his very first attempt today, Chopra topped the list with a throw of 87.03m. Weber Julian (85.30) of Germany, Vadlejch Jakub (83.98) of the Czech Republic, Vetter Johannes (82.52m) of Germany and Katkavets Aliaksei (82.49) of Belarus.
In the second round, Chopra bettered his first score with 87.58m — the highest within the finals. However, within the third round, he finished at 76.79 m. His score in the second attempt could not be levelled by other competitors. Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won silver with 86.67m and Vitezslav Vesely claimed bronze with 85.44m.
Neeraj Chopra won the men’s javelin on Saturday with a best throw of 87.58 metres, claiming a historic first Olympic gold in athletics for India.
The Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won silver with a best attempt of 86.67 metres and Vitezslav Vesely claimed the bronze with 85.44.
Chopra, the 2018 Commonwealth champion, seized the lead after reaching the 87.03 marks together with his first attempt. A distance no other competitor achieved, winning India’s first gold of the Tokyo Games, as his overjoyed teammates and coaches watched from the stands.
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