‘Golden Throw’; Neeraj Chopra wins gold medal in javelin, first athletics gold for India in Olympics

India’s Neeraj Chopra won gold in the men’s javelin on Saturday. India won its first and last (until yesterday) Olympic medal in athletics at the 1900 Paris Olympics, 47 years before independence. It is history now and paved the way for Neeraj Chopra to become the first Indian athlete to win gold ever.  He had entered the finals with a stunning throw of 86.65m in his opening attempt that put him on top of the qualification round on Wednesday. In the finals, he covered his highest throw of 87.58m (in the second of six attempts).

India won their first Gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj Chopra has become the first Indian to bag a gold medal in track and field in 100 years. He is now the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win a gold medal in individual events.

In the Olympics, only three of his fellow competitors in the event have thrown the javelin farther than he has in 2021. Two of them were eliminated in the qualification round. He recorded his personal best (PB) throw of 88.07m this year in March, a new national record. The numbers show that he has improved his performance almost every year since 2013.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said history has been scripted with javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra winning the gold medal at the Olympics and stressed that what he has achieved today will be remembered forever.

Haryana CM ML Khattar has announced ₹6 crores and a class I category job for Neeraj Chopra. “We will be building a Centre of Excellence for athletes in Panchkula, where he will be the head if he wants. He will be given a plot with 50% concession, like other players,” he said.

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Neeraj was born into a joint family in Panipat, Haryana. Neeraj was the oldest child in a family of 17 members. In 2016, he was appointed a Junior Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army with the rank of Naib Subedar. 

Neeraj is the only track and field athlete to be recommended by the AFI for the country’s highest sports award in the year 2018. He has already been conferred with the Arjuna Award in 2018 after winning gold in the Gold Coast Commonwealth.

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