India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra lived up to the expectations of the entire India with a stellar performance in the javelin throw final and ended a 121-year-long medal drought.
Neeraj won the gold medal by covering a distance of 87.58 meters in the final. He had consistently remained in the first place. This is India’s seventh medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
In the first two rounds, Neeraj crossed the 87 meter mark continuously.
12 athletes took part in the first round and after the end of the first round, Neeraj was on top. Germany’s Julian Weber tried to get close to Neeraj by covering a distance of 85.30 meters. Apart from this, no one else could even touch 84 meters.
In the second round, Neeraj further improved his performance with a distance of 87.58 metres.
Neeraj becomes first athlete to win gold for India in athletics
India participated in the Olympics for the first time in 1920 and since then they have been a part of the Olympics every time. Despite this, the country had not received any medal in athletics since 1900.
Neeraj has become the first Indian to win an Olympic gold medal for India in athletics. He has ended the medal drought in athletics for 121 years. Neeraj has created history in his first Olympics.
Neeraj becomes second Indian to win individual gold in Olympics
Neeraj has become only the second athlete for India to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics. Former shooter Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian athlete to win an individual gold. He achieved this feat in the 2008 Olympics.
Apart from these two gold medals, India has won eight more gold medals, but all those medals have come in hockey. Hockey is a team game and India has ruled it for a long time.
The first medal in athletics came for India in 1900.
Norman Pritchard won silver medals in the men’s 200m and 200m hurdles in 1900. He achieved this feat as a British-Indian athlete.
The world’s number one player could not make it to the top-8
Germany’s Johannes Witter, considered Neeraj’s biggest rival in the final, was knocked out of the final after the first three rounds. World number one javelin thrower Vitter had a first round best of 82.52m. He dropped out as he finished ninth.
He touched the mark of 96.29m in May. He is famous for touching the 90 meter mark continuously.
India has won seven medals in Tokyo Olympics
India has so far won seven medals in the Tokyo Olympics. Mirabai Chanu opened India’s account with a silver medal in weightlifting. After this badminton player PV Sindhu, female boxer Lovlina Borgehan grabbed the bronze medal. Ravi Dahiya has become only the second wrestler to win a silver medal for India in wrestling.
Bajrang Punia has won bronze in wrestling, Neeraj has won gold in javelin throw and the Indian men’s hockey team has won bronze.