Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won a historic athletics gold medal to become India’s second ever individual Olympic gold medallist after shooter Abhinav Bindra, who won the top prize in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It was the last day of India at Tokyo Olympics and a huge disappointment came through when Aditi Ashok came fourth and was just one shot short of a medal. However, Bajrang Punia turned the day upside down after he took down the third seed Niyazbekov from Kazakhstan 8-0 and it was followed it up with a gold for Neeraj Chopra.
Neeraj began his quest for medal with a massive throw of 87.03 meters and was leading the pack after the end of first attempt. He bettered it with the second throw of 87.58m which proved decisive and won him the gold. Vadlejch of Czech Republic came up with a throw of 86.67m in the fifth attempt to inch closer to Chopra but it was not enough as he won silver medal. Fellow countryman Vesely almost came through the ranks as he was eyeing elimination at one stage but his throw of 85.44m in the third attempt was enough to win him a bronze.
Here are the best congratulatory tweets from the known fraternity of India.
— P.T. USHA (@PTUshaOfficial) August 7, 2021
नमस्कार. एक नया इतिहास रचानेवाले नीरज चोपड़ा पे सारे भारतवर्ष को गर्व है. मैं देश के गौरव नीरज का अभिनंदन करती हूँ. pic.twitter.com/33NFDUuKWn
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 7, 2021
History has been scripted at Tokyo! What @Neeraj_chopra1 has achieved today will be remembered forever. The young Neeraj has done exceptionally well. He played with remarkable passion and showed unparalleled grit. Congratulations to him for winning the Gold. #Tokyo2020 https://t.co/2NcGgJvfMS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2021
— Rashmika Mandanna (@iamRashmika) August 7, 2021
The moment we all have been waiting for. #TeamIndia
— Dipa Karmakar (@DipaKarmakar) August 7, 2021
History has been made, Milkha Singh Ji’s wish is fulfilled as India wins first ever Olympic medal in Athletics!
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) August 7, 2021
NEERAJ ? CHOPRA
India’s ?? Golden Boy !
India’s Olympic History has been scripted!
Your superbly soaring throw
deserves a Billion Cheers !
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) August 7, 2021
— Parupalli Kashyap (@parupallik) August 7, 2021
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 7, 2021
— Saikhom Mirabai Chanu (@mirabai_chanu) August 7, 2021
General MM Naravane #COAS and All Ranks of #IndianArmy congratulate Subedar Neeraj Chopra on winning Nation’s first ever #GoldMedal in #Javelin in Olympics with a throw of 87.58 meters at #TokyoOlympics.#MissionOlympics#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/HUotK29P4K
— ADG PI – INDIAN ARMY (@adgpi) August 7, 2021
Neeraj ne aaj nacha hi diya! What an athlete, what a moment and what a meaning that medal has for our country. @Neeraj_chopra1 we knew you were a special talent, now you’re a GOLDEN one! #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/QzcB618cuJ
— Gurpreet Singh Sandhu (@GurpreetGK) August 7, 2021
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 7, 2021
— Pvsindhu (@Pvsindhu1) August 7, 2021