Neeraj Chopra creates history in the Tokyo2020 Olympics by winning the Gold medal in Men’s Javelin Throw. India got its first-ever Olympic gold medal in Athletics by Chopra’s 87.58m throw.
The entire nation will celebrate the victory of the 23-year-old farmer’s son who won the country’s first gold and seventh medal in the Olympics.
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Announcement made by Haryana Chief Minister:
The Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced on Saturday to provide government jobs and give a cash reward of Rs 6 crore to Neeraj Chopra for winning India’s first Olympic gold medal.
The competitors who played against Neeraj Chopra:
Neeraj Chopra competed against Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem, Romania’s Mihaita Alexandru,Novac Sweden’s Kim Amb, Germany’s Julian Weber, Moldova’s Andrian Mardare, Belarus’ Pavel Mialeshka, Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch, Finland’s Lassi Etelatalo, and Belarus’Aliaksei Katkavets.
In 1964 and 1984 editions, Athletes like Milkha Singh and P T Usha let the elusive medal slip from their grasp, and a farmer’s son from Chandra village made it possible through his immense hard work.
“I am at my first Olympic Games, and I feel very good. In the warm-up, my performance wasn’t so good, but then (in the qualifying round) my first throw had a good angle and was a perfect throw,” Chopra had said after the qualifying round on Wednesday.
“I will need to focus on the throw, and try to repeat this (performance) with a higher score,” said the youngster who made the entire nation proud.
Chopra’s amazing performance on Saturday:
2017 world champion Johannes Vetter of Germany who made a statement earlier saying Chopra will find it difficult to beat him in the Olympics, had a hard time in the first two throws.
The 28-year-old german somehow managed to qualify for the final at second overall behind Chopra who earlier was standing at the seventh position after his first two throws.
The top performers like Marcin Krukowski of Poland and 2012 Olympics champion and 2016 Rio Games bronze-medallist Trinidad & Tobago’s Keshorn Walcott couldn’t make it till the final with their best throws of 74.65m and 79.33m respectively.
Arshad Nadeem from Pakistan, who had won a bronze medal qualified for the finals and managed to get the third position behind Chopra and Vetter.