Neeraj Chopra has bagged the Gold medals in Javelin’s throw.
India’s 121-year wait to win athletics gold in the Olympics is over. Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the country a gold medal in this sport. He finished first in the javelin throw event with a best throw of 87.58m in the final held on Saturday.
India participated for the first time in the second Olympic Games held in 1900. Since then till date no Indian has won a medal in any athletics event. Sprinter Norman Pritchard won two silver medals while playing for British India in the 1900 Olympics. But, Pritchard was an Englishman, not an Indian.
Neeraj threw 87.03 meters in the first attempt and 87.58 meters in the second attempt. Whereas in the third attempt, he threw the javelin 76.79 meters away. He threw fouls in the fourth and fifth attempts. In the sixth attempt, he threw the javelin 84.24 meters away.
Neeraj is in excellent form at the moment. He threw 86.65 meters in the qualifying event of javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics. He had finished first in qualifying group A and group B. Neeraj’s personal best is 88.06m. With this throw, he won the 2018 Asian Games gold medal.
Neeraj won the Olympic gold, while the Czech Republic players captured the silver and bronze. Jakub Vedlech won the silver with a throw of 86.67m and Vitslav Veseli won the bronze with a throw of 85.44m.
Track and field events ie athletics are the main attraction of the Olympic Games, but no Indian could win a medal in these events before Neeraj. Playing for British India, Norman Pritchard won two medals in athletics in the Olympics in 1900, but he was not an Indian but an Englishman.
Neeraj, who works in the Indian Army, has won gold medals in 5 mega sports events before the Tokyo Olympics in his career. He has won gold medals in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Asian Championships, South Asian Games and World Junior Championships.
After doing his initial training in javelin throw in the country, Neeraj Chopra has taken training from Germany’s biomechanics expert Klaus Bartonitz to improve his throwing skills. After this, his performance came to a standstill and he won big matches.
Neeraj Chopra hails from Panipat district of Haryana. He joined athletics to lose weight. Soon he started performing well in age group competitions and went on to win several tournaments. He joined the Indian Army in 2016 and now proudly holds India’s head high like a soldier.
In the Olympic Games, India has got a gold medal in an event after 13 years. Earlier, shooter Abhinav Bindra won gold in 2008 Beijing Olympics. Bindra won the gold in the 10m air rifle event.
This is India’s 10th gold medal so far in the Olympic Games. India has earlier won 8 gold medals in hockey and 1 gold medal in shooting. In this way, it is also only the second individual gold medal for India after Abhinav Bindra.
India’s campaign at the Tokyo Olympics ended with the javelin throw. Neeraj made a golden end of this journey. This has become the most successful Olympics for India. India won a total of 7 medals including 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze. India won 6 medals in 2012 London Olympics.
This time, apart from Neeraj Chopra’s gold, Mirabai Chanu has won silver in weightlifting, PV Sindhu has won bronze in badminton and Lovlina Borgohain has won bronze in boxing. Here, in wrestling, Ravi Dahiya won the silver medal and Bajrang Punia won the bronze medal. Talking about team events, the Indian men’s hockey team has won the bronze medal.