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(CNN)”Unbelievable,” was how Neeraj Chopra described his victory in the men’s javelin on Saturday as he became the first Indian athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field.Chopra’s throw of 87.58m secured the top spot on the podium, as India also won its first gold medal at Tokyo 2020.“In athletics it is the first time we have gold, so it’s a proud moment for me and my country,” the 23-year-old Chopra told reporters.
“In the qualification round I threw very well so I knew I could do better in the final. I didn’t know it would be gold but I am very happy,” he added
Monumental! Beyond believable! – Sports world congratulates Neeraj Chopra on historic gold at Tokyo Olympics
Current and former Indian sportspersons heaped praise on Neeraj Chopra after he created history by becoming the first Indian to win an athletics gold medal at the Olympics by winning the men’s javelin throw at Tokyo 2020 on Saturday. Chopra is only the second Indian ever (other than Abhinav Bindra) to win an individual gold, and only the first Indian since independence to win an athletics medal at the Olympics.
TOKYO (AP) — Neeraj Chopra wins India’s first ever Olympic gold medal in track and field by winning javelin.
TOKYO, Aug 7 (Reuters) – India’s Neeraj Chopra won gold in the men’s javelin on Saturday.
Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely, both of the Czech Republic, claimed the silver and bronze.
Reporting by Amy Tennery in Tokyo
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra brought back India’s first gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and netizens have gone wild.
Chopra, the 2018 Commonwealth champion from Haryana’s Panipat and a Junior Commissioner Officer in the Indian Army, seized the lead after reaching the 87.03 mark with his first attempt, a distance no other competitor achieved during the final, winning India’s first gold of the Tokyo Games, as his overjoyed teammates and coaches watched from the stands.
An Indian Olympian made history on Saturday in Tokyo. Neeraj Chopra won the men’s javelin throw gold medal, becoming the first Indian to win a gold in any Olympic track and field event.
Chopra threw the javelin 87.58 meters to secure the win. Czech athlete Jakub Vadlejch won silver with a throw of 86.67 meters and Vadlejch’s country-mate Vitezslav Vesely took bronze with a throw of 85.44 meters.
Germany’s Johannes Vetter was a huge favorite to win the event at DraftKings Sportsbook, with odds of -650, but he only managed a ninth-place showing. He had dominated the event in recent years, being the only one in the field with a throw over 90 meters. The Olympic record remains 90.57 meters, set by Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen in the 2008 Beijing Games. The world record remains 98.48 set by Czech athlete Jan Zelezny in 1996.