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Tokyo Olympics: Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold Medal in Javelin Throw

Tokyo Olympics: Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold Medal in Javelin Throw

Indian Javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra, wins gold at Tokyo Olympics 2020

India’s 121-year wait to win a medal in athletics is over. Indian Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra gave India a gold medal in this sport at Olympics. He won the gold medal in the final of Men’s Javelin at Tokyo Olympics 2020 with a best throw of 87.58m. Neeraj threw 87.03 meters in the first attempt and 87.58 meters in the second attempt. He threw 76.79 meters in the third attempt, fouls in the fourth and fifth and more than 80 meters in the sixth attempt.

Jakub Vedlech of Czech came second with a throw of 86.67m. At the same time, Viteslav Veseli of Czech came third with a throw of 85.44m. Neeraj had thrown 86.65m in the qualifying round of Men’s Javelin throw at Tokyo Olympics 2020 and finished first in his group. This has become India’s most successful Olympics so far surpassing the London Olympics 2012. At Tokyo Olympics 2020, India won a total of 7 medals including 1 Gold, 2 Silver and 4 Bronze whereas India won 6 medals in 2012 London Olympics.

After 13 years in the Olympic Games, India has got a gold medal in an event. Earlier in 2008, Beijing Olympic shooter Abhinav Bindra won gold. Bindra won the gold in the 10m air rifle event.

This is India’s 10th gold medal so far in the Olympic Games. India has earlier won 8 gold medals in hockey and 1 gold medal in shooting. In this way, this is only the second individual gold medal for India and the 1st ever Gold medal in an Individual Athletics events in any edition of Olympic games by an Indian athelete.

It has become India’s most successful Olympics. India won 6 medals in London Olympics. India has won 7 medals in Tokyo Olympics 2020. Apart from Neeraj’s gold, Mirabai Chanu has won silver in weightlifting, PV Sindhu has won bronze in badminton and Lovlina Borgohain has won bronze in boxing. Apart from this, the Indian men’s hockey team won bronze and in wrestling, Ravi Dahiya won the silver medal. On the other hand, Bajrang won the bronze medal on Saturday.

Neeraj Chopra has taken training from Germany’s biomechanics expert Klaus Bartonitz to improve his throwing skills. Since then there has been consistency in his performance.

Neeraj Chopra, who works in the Indian Army, has won gold medals in 5 mega sports events before the Tokyo Olympics in his career. He has won gold medals in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games 2018, Asian Championships, South Asian Games and World Junior Championships.

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