Neeraj scripts Indian Olympic history
with Gold at Tokyo 2020
The IIS Athlete Won Top Honours In The Men’s Javelin Throw With Best Effort Of 87.58m
Neeraj Chopra won India’s first and only Gold medal at Tokyo 2020, and its second ever individual Gold in history, by topping the charts in the Men’s Javelin Throw at the Olympic Stadium in Kasumigaoka, on Saturday. The 23-year-old was also the first ever Indian to qualify for the finals in the Javelin event, and the only to qualify on top in any Athletics discipline in the history of the Games.
The Inspire Institute of Sport athlete’s first throw of 87.03m took him to the top of the standings, and he bettered it with a second throw of 87.58m to consolidate his spot. Neeraj dedicated his Gold medal to the late Indian sprinter and legend Padma Shri Milkha Singh, who spoke of wanting to see India win an Olympic medal in Track and Field, before his passing in July.
“I wanted to meet Milkha Singh ji with an Olympic medal, but it’s sad that he isn’t with us anymore. I hope he’s seeing us from above and is happy that his dream has come true,” the 2018 Asian Games and Commonwealth Games champion told Sportstar at the Olympic Stadium.
His son Jeev Milkha Singh took to social media to congratulate Chopra on his achievement and thank him for his gesture. “Dad waited so many years for this to happen. His dream has finally come true with India's first athletic Gold. I am sure dad is crying up above. Thank you for making this happen,” Jeev posted on Twitter. “Not only did you win us a first-ever Athletics Gold medal in the Olympic Games, you even dedicated it to my father. The Milkha family is eternally grateful for this honour,” he added.
The Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch (86.67m) and Vitezslav Vesely (85.44) took Silver and Bronze to complete the podium, while World No. 1 Johannes Vetter failed to make the final rounds.
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