Fulfilling the dreams of 1.35 million Indians ‘Golden’ dream, Neeraj Chopra bagged a historic gold medal in the men’s javelin throw event. Neeraj threw a distance of 87.58m to pick the first gold for the country at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold. #Tokyo2020 https://t.co/2NcGgJvfMS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2021
He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events. Neeraj is now the seventh Indian to win a medal at the event after 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.
The 23-year-old farmer’s son from Khandra village near Panipat in Haryana produced a second round throw of 87.58m in the finals to stun the athletics world and end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics.