Tokyo, August 7 (UNI): India’s Neeraj Chopra clinched the historic Olympic gold medal in the men’s javelin throw at the Tokyo 2020, here on Saturday.
Chopra threw a best of attempt of 87.58m to win the Olympic gold.
With this, he became only the second Indian athlete after shooter Abhinav Bindra to win the Olympic gold medal in 2008.
The gold medal is also India’s first Olympic medal in track-and-field events.
Neeraj’s medal took India’s medal count at Tokyo 2020 to seven – making it their best-ever haul at a single Olympics.
Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejch won silver and fellow Czech Vitezslav Vesely won bronze medal.
Congratulating the athlete and the Athletics Federation of India, John F Kharshiing, Working President, Meghalaya State Olympic Association, said, “Dear Mr Adellie Sumariwala, President, Athletics Federation of India, Congratulations to this great big win under your leadership. This gold win finally brings in a feel good factor – that yes we Indians can do it given the right opportunity. On behalf of Meghalaya State Olympic Association please accept and extend our heartiest congratulations to the entire Athletics and Indian Olympic family.”