Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has created history by winning the Tokyo Olympics 2020 gold medal with a throw of 87.58m. This is India’s first gold in this Olympics and overall 7th medal. This is India’s best ever performance in the Olympics. Neeraj has become the second Indian player after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal at the Olympics.
Along with Neeraj, Pakistani player Adarsh Nadeem also made it to the final. Nadeem, however, finished 5th and could not win a medal for his country.
After the end of the match, Nadeem congratulated Neeraj Chopra for the victory on Twitter and also called him his idol.
With this success of Neeraj, India will finish the Tokyo Olympics with 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. Neeraj secured the first position in his second attempt with a distance of 87.58 meters. Czech Republic’s Yakub Valdez finished second with 86.67m while his country’s Viteslav Veseli got the bronze with 85.44m.
Before Neeraj, Abhinav Bindra won a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics 13 years ago. Abhinav, however, won the gold in shooting. What Neeraj has done here in Tokyo is historic as India has never won a medal in athletics events at the Olympics before.
Medals have been added to Bindra’s name in Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics. He is the current champion in all three events.
Neeraj clocked 87.03 in his first attempt and reached the first position in the leaderboard. In the second attempt, Neeraj threw 87.58 javelin and cemented himself on the leaderboard to ensure a medal.
In his third attempt, however, he could measure only 76.79 meters. His fourth attempt was a foul. Neeraj’s fifth attempt was also a foul.
Germany’s Julian Weber, on the other hand, clocked 85.30 meters in the first attempt and finished second on the leaderboard. In the second attempt, however, he could measure only 77.90 meters.
However, in his third attempt, the Czech Republic’s Kveli, named his season best distance of 85.44m, pushed Weber to third place.
Veselli’s fourth attempt failed and meanwhile his own countryman Valdez pushed Veseli to third place with a season-best distance of 86.67m in his fifth attempt.
Webber had slipped to fifth place, but he too came fourth in his fifth attempt with a season-best 85.30m.
Neeraj was not bothered by all this. His place was safe. Now they were facing straight from Vesely and Valdez. The last attempts of both of them failed and with this Neeraj got the gold without a single attempt.
This is historical gold. India had not won any medal in athletics before but now when the medal comes, it is straight gold.