Athletics

Neeraj Chopra Wins Gold in Javelin Throw for India

Indian athlete Neeraj Chopra wins gold in Javelin throw, the first gold for India in the Tokyo Olympics 2021, and overall second gold medalist after Abhinav Bindra. Neeraj Chopra of India takes gold  in the Athletics  men’s javelin final on his Olympic debut. He is the first Indian to win an athletics medal and only the second to win an individual medal.

Neeraj Chopra, with a best effort of 87.58 metres, led from start to finish as favourite Johannes Vetter crashed out early in the javelin throw at the Tokyo Olympics. Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won silver and fellow Czech Vitezslav Vesely won bronze to complete the podium.

In the javelin throw, the top-eight after three attempts each get an additional three throws to make their best attempt.

German world No. 1 and world champion Johannes Vetter only finished ninth and did not get his three additional throws. It was the biggest surprise of the event. Neeraj Chopra’s fourth and fifth attempts were foul throws and he finished with 84.24m.

India’s president congratulated him by tweeting – Unprecedented win by Neeraj Chopra. Your javelin gold breaks barriers and creates history. You bring home first ever track and field medal to India in your first Olympics. Your feat will inspire our youth. India is elated. Heartiest congratulations.

India’s defence minister Rajnath Singh wrote on Twitter that – The Golden victory of Subedar Neeraj Chopra at the Olympic brings laurels for the Indian Army. He performed like a true soldier at the Olympics. It is indeed a historic and proud moment for the entire country including the Indian Armed Forces, Many congratulations to him.

Men’s javelin throw final Athletes

Standing
Athletes Distance
1
N. Chopra
India
87.58 m
2
J. Vadlejch
Czech Republic
86.67 m
3
V. Veselý
Czech Republic
85.44 m
4
J. Weber
Germany
85.30 m
5
A. Nadeem
Pakistan
84.62 m
6
A. Katkavets
Belarus
83.71 m
7
A. Mardare
Moldova
83.30 m
8
L. Etelatalo
Finland
83.28 m
9
J. Vetter
Germany
82.52 m
10
P. Mialeshka
Belarus
82.28 m
11
K. Amb
Sweden
79.69 m
12
A.M. Novac
Romania
79.29 m
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