Neeraj Chopra's javelin victory delivers India its first Olympic gold medal in track and field



Chopra’s throw of 87.58m secured the highest spot on the rostrum, as India additionally received its first gold medal at Tokyo 2020.

“In athletics it is the first time we have gold, so it’s a proud moment for me and my country,” the 23-year-old Chopra instructed reporters.

“In the qualification round I threw very well so I knew I could do better in the final. I didn’t know it would be gold but I am very happy,” he added.

His gold medal success completes a outstanding journey for Chopra that started when he determined to lose some weight.

“I come from a farming background,” defined Chopra. “I was overweight and wanted to do some fitness training.

“Somehow I ended up in an academy, and picked up javelin throw. The love affair began and now I’m right here with this medal standing in entrance of you.”

The Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch and Vitezslav Vesely won silver and bronze respectively.

India has now taken home seven medals in total at Tokyo 2020 — one gold, two silver and four bronze.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, general secretary of India’s opposition Indian National Congress party, congratulated Chopra on Twitter: “What an impressive efficiency. History has been made. India is so pleased with you.”

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