Tokyo Olympics: Neeraj Chopra win Gold in Javelin Throw. Neeraj Chopra won India’s first gold medal in athletics. He had qualified for the final of the event in his first attempt and created history today.
Neeraj Chopra VSM is an Indian track and field athlete and a Junior Commissioned Officer in Indian Army who competes in the javelin throw. Neeraj Chopra hurled the javelin at 88.07m to break his own national record.
— The Times Of India (@timesofindia) August 7, 2021
Neeraj Chopra topped the list with throw of 87.03m, followed by Weber Julian (85.30) of Germany, Vadlejch Jakub (83.98) of Czech Republic, Vetter Johannes (82.52m) of Germany and Katkavets Aliaksei (82.49) of Belarus.
In the second round, Chopra bettered his first score with 87.58m — highest in the finals. However, in the third round, he finished at 76.79 m. The big relief came for India when gold medal favourite and 2017 world champion Vetter Johannes was out of the game after the third round, with his final best 82.52m.
With this, India has won their first Gold at Tokyo Olympics.
Chopra is the first Indian to bag a gold medal in track and field in 100 years.
— MyGovIndia (@mygovindia) August 7, 2021
In March 2017, Chopra was appointed a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in Indian Army. This came after Chopra had set a new junior record at the 2016 IAAF World U-20 Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland.