Neeraj Chopra bagged the seventh medal for India at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 and the first gold since 2008.

Neeraj Chopra
Neeraj Chopra. (Photo Source: Sony Liv)

August 7, 2021, is a historical day for Indian sports as the country won two more medals at the Tokyo Olympics. After Bajrang Punia secured the sixth medal for the Indian contingent with a Bronze in the 65 Kgs freestyle wrestling, Neeraj Chopra bagged the first gold for India at the Tokyo Olympics. 

This medal also makes this Olympics, India’s most successful ever. The previous record was held at the London Olympics in 2012 when India won six medals in total. Chopra also became only the second individual sportsperson to win gold for India at the Olympics. He joined the club which only had Abhinav Bindra, who had won a gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10-meter air rifle. 

Chopra, the 23-year-old, is a track and field athlete and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in the Indian Army who competed in the javelin throw. The young man finished on top of the javelin throw competition in Tokyo after attaining a distance of 87.58 m on Saturday. In the group stages, he had recorded 86.65 meters, which he bettered in the final.

India bagged Gold, while the Czech Republic won the silver and bronze

After winning gold in the same event at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and the 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast Australia, this is his third medal at a major event, and with this, he finished a fantastic treble. He is also the first Indian to win an Olympics medal in the javelin throw. 

The silver medal went to Jakub Vadlejch from the Czech Republic, who recorded a distance of 86.67 meters. The bronze was bagged by Vítězslav Veselý from the Czech Republic, who finished with a distance of 85.44 meters. Julian Weber of Germany was fourth in the list, with 85.30 meters while Arshad Nadeem from Pakistan ended at the fifth position with a distance of 84.62 meters. For Nadeem, it was a fantastic finish as it was the highest finish by any Pakistani in the Javelin Throw. 

As Neeraj Chopra brought a gold medal, there were wishes from all across the country. The cricket fraternity also managed to come in and send their congratulatory messages to Chopra on Twitter.

Here’s how the fraternity reacted:


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