India first GOLD medal at Tokyo Olympics 2020: Neeraj Chopra scripted history by winning Gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020 on Saturday, August 2021.
“Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra wins the first #Gold medal for India at #Tokyo2020; throw 87.58 meters in first attempt,” tweeted news agency ANI.
Neeraj also became the first-ever athlete representing India in 100 years to win an Olympic medal in track and field (javelin throw) event at Tokyo 2020 today.
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.Chopra won the country’s seventh medal and first gold in this Olympics and joined shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) as India’s individual gold winners in the showpiece.
With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medal achieved in the 2012 London Games.
Czech Republic throwers Jakub Vadlejch (86.67m) and Vitezslav Vesely (85.44m) took the silver and bronze respectively.
Chopra came into the final as a medal contender after topping the qualification round on Wednesday with a stunning first round throw of 86.59m.