Neeraj Chopra scripts history, wins India’s first-ever athletics gold in Olympics

Neeraj Chopra scripted history on Saturday as he became the first Indian to win gold in athletics at the Olympics.

The 23-year-old clinched the first spot in the javelin throw competition at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 with a throw of 87.58 metres.

Meanwhile, he also become only the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics. Bindra had bagged gold in the Beijing Olympivs in 2008.

Chopra now holds gold medals in javelin throw at the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and now the Olympics, all at the same time.

With Neeraj’s gold, India’s medals tally went to seven at the Tokyo Olympics and surpassed the tally of previous best of six medals, which was won at London Olympics in 2012.

On the other hand, Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch bagged silver medal with a throw of 86.67 metres while his compatriot Vitezslav Vesley settled for a bronze medal with a throw of 85.44m.

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