Neeraj Chopra wins historic athletics gold in Tokyo Olympics

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won a historic athletics gold medal to become India’s second ever individual Olympic gold medallist after shooter Abhinav Bindra. Wrestler Bajrang Punia won a bronze as India equalled their best ever Olympic medal haul of 6 medals. Golfer Aditi Ashok narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth in the women’s individual Stroke Play

Subedar Neeraj Chopra VSM (born 24 December 1997) is an Indian track and field athlete and a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) in Indian Army who competes in the javelin throw. Neeraj Chopra hurled the javelin at 88.07m to break his own national record. He is the reigning Olympic champion with 87.58m winning throw. Chopra’s previous best was the 88.06m gold-medal winning throw at the 2018 Asian Games and 2018 Commonwealth Games. Chopra was also selected as the flag-bearer at the opening ceremony for India at the 2018 Asian Games, which marked his first Asian Games appearance. In his earlier career, he was the 2016 World U20 champion and set the world under-20 record of 86.48 m. He is the first Indian athlete to ever win a World title in Track and Field at U-20.

His throw of 87.86m at his first competition after an elbow injury guaranteed a ticket to Tokyo. He then qualified in the qualification round with a throw of 85.32m and marched to the finals. He brought home the first Gold Medal in the 2020 Summer Olympics at Tokyo. He is the 2nd person after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in any individual games for India.

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