India’s Neeraj Chopra became just the second Indian after Abhinav Bindra to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics. Neeraj threw a whopping 87.58m throw in his second attempt to win the men’s javelin crown at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday (August 7). Czech Republic’s Jakub Vadlejech and Vitezslav Vesely won the silver and bronze medal respectively. Neeraj had the second best throw of the final as well, achieving a distance of 87.03m to make his first athlete from India to win an Olympic gold medal.
Norway’s Andreas Thorkildsen holds the Olympic record with a 90.57m, which he achieved in Beijing Olympics in 2008. While the world record, which is 98.48m is held by Czech Republic’s Jan Železný, a milestone scripted in 1996.
The event is underway Moldovan athlete Andrian Mardare throwing 81.16m in his opening attempt. Neeraj too starts with a bang as he opens his account in the finals with a gigantic 87.03m throw. This is better than what he threw in the qualifying round.
So far only German javelin thrower Julian Weber has come close to Neeraj with a 85.30 attempt. His closest opponent Vetter records 82.52m in the first attempt.
Pakistan’s Nadeem starts with a poor run-up but still manages to eclipse 82.40 in his opening attempt.
The athlete, who hails from Haryana, threw a monstrous 86.65m to top the qualifying round to top the qualifying stage. Standing in his way was Germany’s Johannes Vetter, who despite recording over 90m on several occasion, finished second at the qualification, 1.01m behind the Indian. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Arshad Nadeem (85.16m), finished third.