On Saturday, Neeraj Chopra won the Gold Medal for India in Javelin. With this astounding victory, he becomes only the 2nd Indian man to win gold for the country. He is 23 years old, and he does his nation proud when he beats the athletes with an 87.58-meter throw.
Thus, the former son of an old farmer in Khandar village near Panipat is today’s international stThus, all the Indians waiting for 100 years to earn gold in track and field are finally happy today.
When Abhinav Bindra won gold for India in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the country was indeed proud of him. However, in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Chopra becomes the first individual to earn gold and the 7the individual to earn a medal. He has already got prize money of 6 Crores from the Haryana Government.
He has also won 1 Crore from the BCCI. Chopra will wave the Indian flag at the Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremony this year.
Chopra was showing exponential growth from his first attempt of 87.03 meters. Weber Julian of Germany came in second with his 85.30 meters throw, and Vadrejch Jacub of the Czech Republic became 3rd with his 83.98 meters throw.
Thus, while everyone’s heart was beating fast within Chopra’s fantastic performance in the first round, he wins his record in the 2nd round itself.
In the second round, Chopra threw the Javelin at a distance of 87.58 meters. His finish was 76.79 meters in the third round, but that does not matter because his 2nd round score was undefeated.
Vitezslav Vesely secured a bronze medal for his country with a score of 85.44 meters, and Jacub Vadrejch won a silver medal with his throw of 86.67 meters.
Still processing this feeling. To all of India and beyond, thank you so much for your support and blessings that have helped me reach this stage.
This moment will live with me forever 🙏🏽🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/BawhZTk9Kk
— Neeraj Chopra (@Neeraj_chopra1) August 8, 2021
Chopra tweeted on his account that ‘This moment will live with me forever. He said that he still cannot believe that he has won gold for his country.
He thanks all of his fans and supporters for their love from India and beyond to help him reach the stage. He dedicates his victory to PT Usha and Milkha Singh.
He believes that their dreams have also been fulfilled somehow as Neeraj wins the gold for his country.
Milkha Singh passed away this year, but it was the dream of this runner to see someone from India win gold at track and fields. Even PT Usha also came close to win it but missed it by a whisker.
India has won 7 medals so far in the Tokyo Olympics. Among them, Chopra’s performance deserves the most applause because he, in a way, fulfills the dream of a lot of Indians.
When Vetter Johannes went out of the competition after his 3rd throw of 82.52 meters, Indians indeed heaved a sigh of relief. Johannes had the season’s best score of 96.29 meters, but alas! In the finals of the Olympics, he managed to secure the 9th rank.
Although Neeraj could not better his score at the 3rd round, his 2nd round score was enough to bestow the gold medal on his shoulder.
Abhinav Bindra congratulated the Javelin star on Twitter. He says that Chopra’s gold is a much-needed addition to India’s sports history and that his victory will continue to inspire many youngsters.
Even the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi twitted, ‘History has been scripted at Tokyo!’. And, we cannot agree more with this comment because, indeed, it is a historical landmark for the country.