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Neeraj Chopra Clinches Gold for India In Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Country’s First in Athletics

Neeraj Chopra brings home the gold medal…get the details…

Monday, 9th August 2021

Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra displayed stellar performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics winning Indian first ever Olympic gold medal in athletics.

The 23-year old star registered a best attempt of 87.58m which left his opponent, the Czech Republic duo of Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely behind.

Chopra’s gold secured India its first gold at this year’s Olympics and also became the second individual gold the country has ever won in the Olympic Games. The previous being Abhinav Bindra who won a gold medal after his exemplary performance in Beijing 2008.

Moreover, with Neeraj Chopra’s victory, India’s total number of medals won so far at Tokyo went up to 7. This is the highest ever that the country has ever won, its last highest tally being 6 medals which it had won at the London Games in 2012.

Neeraj Chopra had been one of the favourites at the Games after coming out the best in the qualification rounds. He had started off with a throw of 87.03, taking the lead after the first round of throws itself. After the good start, he went even better with his second attempt, registering a throw of 87.58.

His third throw was 76.79.

It was a dark day for Germany's Johannes Vetter who was widely tipped to win gold but was knocked out of the competition when he failed to make it to the top 8 after the first three throws.

Although Chopra’s fourth and fifth attempts were declared foul throws, he continued to top the charts.

He recorded 84.24 in the last attempt but it was only a formality as all his opponents were already done with their attempts.

The second best thrower at the event was Czech javelin thrower Vadlejch of 86.67, and his compatriot Vesely bagged the bronze with his attempt of 85.44m.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic call with the Indian victor where he congratulated the young athlete on winning the gold.

The star javelin thrower said after his victory, “It feels unbelievable”.

The News Talkie Bureau



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