On official website, the Army Chief of Staff Manoj Mukund Naravane congratulated Subedar Neeraj Chopra on winning the country’s first gold medal in javelin throwing at the Olympics with a throw of 8,758 meters. The Indian national anthem was played for the first time since 2008 in the Olympics. Under-20 World Cup winner, Olympic champion: the boy does it for India.
Subedar Neeraj Chopra has won the nation’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He secured the gold medal with a stunning jump of 87.5m in the men’s javelin final at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. Subedar Neeraj Chopra won the first gold medal of India in the 2012 Olympics.
India’s Huge Success by Neeraj Chopra
What you need to know about India was a huge success on Saturday when Neeraj Chopra was the only Indian athlete to win gold at the Olympics. The historic triumph of the nations on Saturday night means that India has now won its first Olympic medal haul of seven, coronating a resurgence of national pride after being struck by the coronavirus pandemic which has killed over 427,000 Indians. India is also soaring after strong performances by the men’s and women’s hockey teams after a decade in the doldrums.
The Olympics are full of fun and celebration, but India’s Neeraj Chopra stole the limelight in Tokyo on Saturday night as he threw his javelin into the sky and everyone looked up to see where his throw was going. Indian companies and the government promised javelin star Neeraj Chopra more than $2 million in cash and gifts after he won India’s first Olympic gold medal in athletics. Chopra’s throw of 8,758 metres at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on Saturday sent India into raptures.
Chopra’s victory elicited cheers from his countrymen, including India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Hundreds of people gathered at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport to greet New Delhi Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra, who said he was among them. Half an hour later, as the Indian flag flew on the mast of Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium, Chopra and his country stood on the medal podium and felt themselves on top of the world.
Chopra is the son of a farmer and won the javelin title with a personal best of 8.758 metres. He rose to fame when he equaled the national record of 8.223m at the 2016 South Asian Games, winning gold there at the age of 19. A few months later he broke the world record again with a throw of 86.48 m at the U20 World Championships in Poland. The throw was enough to qualify him for the Rio Olympics, but the event did not have a qualifying deadline.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra stepped into the spotlight with a stunning gold medal at the World Junior Championships in 2016 in Poland. Chopra broke the world junior record with a throw of 8.648m – the widest distance ever thrown – and won the bronze medal. A month before Rio he made progress with gold medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Asian Games. Chopra, 23, was competing in his first Olympics and won the men’s javelin with his second throw of 86.58 metres. The victory made him the second Indian to win individual gold at the Olympics and the first to win an Olympic medal in sports for the country.
Despite this achievement, Neeraj was unable to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics due to the July 11 deadline. Neeraj made history by winning the elusive medal that eluded the likes of Milkha Singh and P. T. Usha in 1964 and 1984, and the 20-year-old has recently established himself as one of India’s brightest athletics stars. In March this year he broke his own national record by throwing 8.807m in Patiala, which was his season best.
Supporters of Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra celebrate after they won the gold medal in the javelin throw on August 7, 2021 at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Siliguri. A sand sculpture can be seen on Puri Beach, where it was created by sand artist Manas Sahoo to greet the Indian athlete after his gold medal victory at Tokyo for the gold medal in the javelin at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Chopra hails from Haryana and has been instructed by a number of coaches under the guidance of legendary Uwe Hohn, including Klaus Bartonietz, Gary Calvert, Werner Daniels, Kashinath Naik, Naseem Ahmad and Jaiveer Singh.
On Saturday, Neeraj Chopra, 23, threw 86.58m in the second round to secure the country’s first athletics medal and the second Indian to win individual gold at the Olympics. Prior to that, India had won its first medal in athletics with Norman Pritchard’s silver in the 200m on July 22, 1900. If qualification for the Tokyo Games on August 4 is any indication, we all know where a gold medal is coming from.
He is unmarried, his father is Satish Kumar and his mother is Saroj Devi. At the U20 World Championships in 2016, he set an U20 world record of 8.648m. He is the first Indian athlete to win a world athletics title at the Under-20 level. He saw a javelin thrower on a trip with his uncle in his village and fell in love with the sport.