Neeraj Chopra wins a historic gold medal: I wasn't under the pressure of competing with the rest
Neeraj Chopra is an Olympic champion! The 23-year-old created history on Saturday as he became the only second Indian to win an individual Olympic gold by winning the men's javelin throw final at Tokyo 2020. Neeraj ended India's 121-year wait for an athletics medal with his gold in the javelin final.
Neeraj Chopra on Saturday became only the second Indian to win an individual gold in the Olympics, out-performing the field by quite a distance to notch up the first track-and-field Games medal for the country. The 23-year-old farmer’s son from Chandra village near Panipat in Haryana produced the second throw of 87.58m in the finals to stun the athletics world and end India’s 100-year wait for a track and field medal in the Olympics. Chopra won the country’s seventh medal and first gold in this Olympics and joined shooter Abhinav Bindra (2008 Beijing Games) as India’s individual gold winner in the showpiece. With this, the country surpassed the previous best haul of six medals achieved in the 2012 London Games. Neeraj Chopra will be taking the flag for India at the Tokyo Olympics closing ceremony.
“What a performance, gold medal for India after a long time, proud moment for every Indian,” wrote a Twitter user. “End of 100 years of waiting for gold in Athletics. Proud of you, our golden boy. Huge applause and sincere hearted congratulations to Neeraj Chopra” shared another. “Neeraj Chopra won Gold for India. What a day for us” expressed a third.
A post about this historic moment of Chopra was also shared on the official Twitter handle for Olympics. "Neeraj Chopra of #IND takes #gold in the #Athletics men’s javelin final on his Olympic debut! He is the first Indian to win an athletics medal and only the second to win an individual medal!" read the tweet.
Neeraj Chopra achieved what the legendary Milkha Singh and PT Usha missed by the barest of margins at the Olympic Games. Neeraj not only realized their dream but made it special by winning the Gold medal in Men's Javelin at the Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj Chopra became the only 2nd Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual Olympic Gold medal. The 23-year-old from Panipat was at his calmest best, hurling the javelin 87.58m to script history for India.
There were also congratulations for wrestler Bajrang Punia, who won a bronze medal in the men’s freestyle wrestling 65kg final on Saturday. It follows a bronze medal for the men’s hockey team after they defeated Germany in the third-place playoff on Thursday. It was India’s first hockey medal since 1980 and was complemented by the women’s team, who went down fighting in the bronze medal match against Great Britain.