Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra created history on Saturday, winning India’s first Olympic gold medal in athletics, and also, India’s first gold medal at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics.
The 23-year-old registered a best attempt of 87.58 to finish ahead of the Czech Republic duo of Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely to clinch the gold medal.
He started with a throw of 87.03, taking the lead in the first round itself. He went even better with the second attempt, registered a monster throw of 87.58. His third throw was 76.79 and registered a foul throw in his fourth and fifth attempts. His last throw recorded 84.24.
This is also India’s second individual gold medal in Olympic history after Abhinav Bindra's heroics in Beijing 2008. Neeraj’s historic effort has propelled India's medal tally to seven in the ongoing Games, which is India's highest ever, beating the tally of six medals won at the London Games in 2012.