The nation was astounded at the historic win of Neeraj Chopra, bagging the first and only gold in Olympic athletics on Saturday.
Neeraj Chopra, of Haryana, who represented India in the javelin throw event at the Tokyo Olympics, shot 87.08 meters in the second round and 76.79 meters in the third round.
He continued to lead the long-distance javelin throw in the first two rounds and won the gold at the end of 6 rounds. Independent India has won gold for the first time at the Olympic Games, setting a historic record.
Neeraj Chopra has made India proud in athletics after 100 years by bagging the 10th gold medal for India in the Olympics history.
The British Indian team won gold in athletics at the 1920 Olympics in Belgium.
Abhinav Bindra won gold in the sniper event at the last 2008 Olympics and hence Neeraj is the send Indian to bag a gold medal at an individual event.
It is noteworthy that India has won gold after 13 years.Neeraj took to Twitter and said, “Still processing this feeling.
To all of India and beyond, thank you so much for your support and blessings that have helped me reach this stage. This moment will live with me forever”.
Hailing from Kandra village in the Panipat district of Haryana, he was born in 1997.
Neeraj Chopra became a household name in the athletic fraternity at a young age itself.
At the World Junior Athletics Championships, he set a world record in junior javelin throwing 86.48 meters and won a gold medal.
Overnight he reached the status of a star player in the world of athletics.
In August 2018, Chopra made his debut appearance at the Asian Games representing India at the 2018 Asian Games and was also the flag-bearer for the Indian contingent during the 2018 Asian Games Parade of Nations.
Chopra’s performance at the South Asian Games became the premise for his position in the Army.
His calibre was lauded by the Indian Army which offered him a direct appointment as a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Rajputana Rifles with the rank of Naik Subedar,
Haryana chief minister ML Khattar said on Saturday that Chopra will get a cash reward of Rs 6 crores. Khattar also announced that the 23-year-old will be made head of the upcoming Centre for Excellence in Athletics in Panchkula.
Congratulatory messages keep pouring in for the athlete from all over the country.
“History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1has achieved today will be remembered forever.
The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold,” tweeted PM Modi.
In another tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Just spoke to @Neeraj_chopra1 and congratulated him on winning the Gold! Appreciated his hardwork and tenacity, which have been on full display during #Tokyo2020. He personifies the best of sporting talent and sportsman spirit. Best wishes for his future endeavours”.