Javelin throw: India’s Neeraj Chopra creates history, clinches Olympic GOLD in Tokyo


India’s Neeraj Chopra has created history by winning the first-ever Gold medal for the country in the javelin throw competition at Tokyo Olympics.

Neeraj Chopra

Neeraj, who had topped the qualifying round with a throw of more than 86 meters, clocked more than 87 meters in his first attempt on Saturday. He improved his tally by adding another half meter in his second attempt as he threw 87.58 meters.

India has already won two silver and four bronze medals in this year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. Ravi Kumar Dahiya and Mirabai Chanu won two silver medals for India in wrestling and weightlifting respectively. While shuttler PV Sindhu, Indian men’s hockey team, boxer Lovlina Borgohain and wrestler Bajrang Punia won bronze medals taking India’s overall tally to six.

But with Chopra’s sensational performance, India’s tally has gone up to seven.

Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, who has said that Neeraj Chopra was his hero, finished with an impressive throw of 84.62 meters but that wasn’t enough for him to win a medal for his country.