India’s star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra has created history at the Tokyo Olympics. Neeraj has achieved that feat of which every athlete dreams of. He has won gold medal in Olympics. Neeraj defeated the world’s legendary javelin thrower with a throw of 87.58 meters in the javelin throw final on Saturday.
This is India’s first medal in Olympic athletics and that too is gold. In the individual event of the Olympics, India has got its second gold after 13 years. Veteran shooter Abhinav Bindra achieved the feat of winning the gold medal for the first time in 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Neeraj’s reaction after winning gold
Neeraj Chopra has given the first reaction after creating history in the Olympics. He said, ‘I knew that I would give my best. Had to do something different today, but I didn’t think about the gold medal.
Asked whether he was surprised to win the gold medal, which was also attended by the great German athlete Johannes Wetter. He said, ‘I threw a very good throw in the qualification round, so I knew that I can do better in the final.
Neeraj further said that when the tune of the national anthem was played and the tricolor was waved…the current ran in my body…I had tears in my eyes…
Neeraj Chopra said after winning the historic gold medal, ‘Can’t believe it. This is the first time India has won a gold medal in athletics, so I am very happy.
23-year-old Neeraj Chopra of Panipat has dedicated his gold medal to the legendary athlete Milkha Singh. He said that I wanted to meet him with a medal. It is dedicated to all the athletes who have reached near the medal. Let us tell you that Milkha Singh had a dream that an Indian would win an Olympic medal in track and field.
Milkha Singh had said, ‘I want to say that there is talent in athletics in India. In Rome 1960, people believed that if someone would win the 400m, it would be Milkha Singh (but it did not happen). It is my dream that I want to see a young player win a gold medal in athletics in the Olympics.
What did Neeraj’s uncle say
After Neeraj’s historic performance, his uncle Surendra Chopra said, ‘I was a tortured uncle for him. Because I used to wake him up early. It is strange to see these stories again today. We wanted him to be fit because fit and presentable people are taken seriously in every walk of life.
He further said that we used to take him to the ground for training but when he came back, he used to eat churma, so there was no difference in his weight. He was 80 kg at the age of 13.
Surendra Chopra said that when he went to the fitness center away from his village, we were asked to completely change his diet and he initially refused to follow it.
Neeraj’s journey to Tokyo
Neeraj Chopra had secured an Olympic ticket through the Central North East Meeting Athletics Championship held in South Africa last year. He achieved this feat by throwing 87.86m javelin, crossing the mandatory qualification mark of 85m.
Born in Panipat, Haryana, Neeraj is the second Indian athlete to win a gold medal in a world-class athletics championship. He achieved this feat by winning a gold medal at the 2016 IAAF U-20 World Championships in Poland with a junior record of 86.48m.
In the same year, Neeraj Chopra won another gold medal in the South Asian Games with a throw of 82.23 meters. After this, in 2017, Neeraj won the gold medal of the Asian Athletics Championship by throwing javelin up to 85.23 meters. Then in the Asian and Commonwealth Games of 2018, he also managed to get the yellow medal.