India’s dream of winning gold in the Tokyo Olympics turned into reality when Neeraj Chopra brought India glory by finishing first in the Javelin throw event. This was India's seventh medal in the ongoing Olympics and first in athletics in over 100 years. Neeraj came into the final after topping the qualifying rounds. He started with a throw of 87.03 before throwing 87.58 in the second attempt. In the final attempt, he threw 76.79 but had ensured gold by then. Neeraj became the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to claim gold for India. The 23-year-old javelin thrower had won gold at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and the 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast Australia. This was Neeraj’s third gold in a major event.
While Neeraj finished first, Jakub Vadlejch from the Czech Republic bagged a silver by recording a distance of 86.67 meters. The bronze was won by Vítězslav Veselý from the Czech Republic, who finished with a distance of 85.44 meters. Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem recorded a distance of 84.62 and finished fifth.
Meanwhile, the Cricket fraternity hailed Chopra for his astounding effort.
नीरज ने जैवेलिन को पहुंचाया सूरज तक!
India shines brighter today because of you, Neeraj.
Your javelin carried the tricolour 🇮🇳 all the way and made it flutter with the pride of every Indian.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 7, 2021
He’s a rocket ,it’s a Gold and there are a billion tears of joy.
Such days don’t come easy.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 7, 2021
— DK (@DineshKarthik) August 7, 2021
Neeraj chopra we salute you🤩🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/oL2rEDYyqZ
— Sheldon Jackson (@ShelJackson27) August 7, 2021
A huge moment in Indian sports..men’s javelin throw winner is an Indian..so so proud..#NeerajChopra ..
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) August 7, 2021
Yesss !!! @Neeraj_chopra1 🥇First ever Gold in track and field for India 🇮🇳!!!! India finishing with a bang 🇮🇳 Big Big congratulations 🎉!!! So so proud #Olympics #Tokyo2020 #TrackandField #javelin #NeerajChopra #Gold pic.twitter.com/pXAT0t62eE
— Veda Krishnamurthy (@vedakmurthy08) August 7, 2021
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) August 7, 2021