Javelin Thrower Neeraj Chopra on Saturday, August 7, scripted historical past as he received India’s first gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics, and ended the nation’s 100-year-long wait of profitable a medal in athletics within the mega-event. Chopra threw a distance of 87.58m to win the gold medal and shock the athletic world. India’s sporting fraternity was fast to congratulate the 23-year-old from Khandra village close to Panipat, Haryana for his historic win.
The messages come pouring in
Former Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra responded with a heartfelt message for the teen saying that he was “extraordinarily proud” of him.
And Gold it’s for @Neeraj_chopra1 .Take a bow, younger man ! You will have fulfilled a nation’s dream. Thanks!
Additionally, welcome to the membership – a a lot wanted addition! Extraordinarily proud. I’m so delighted for you.
— Abhinav A. Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 7, 2021
Indian observe and discipline legend PT Usha was emotional and mentioned that Chopra realised her “unfinished dream” of profitable on the Olympics.
Former captain of the nation’s nationwide hockey group, Viren Rasquinha referred to as Chopra a “legend” in his tweet.
Indian shooter and former Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang thanked Chopra for giving the nation pleasure and provoking everybody.
GOLD That is the tweet. That is the emotion. Thanks Neeraj Chopra for giving us this pleasure. You will have impressed us, you’ve gotten given us hopes. You might be our hero pic.twitter.com/1F7yfe7z40
— Gagan Narang (@gaGunNarang) August 7, 2021
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir mentioned that Neeraj Chopra’s arm represented the power of 1.3 billion individuals.
Harsha Bhogle claimed that profitable the gold for India was a “moon-landing second.”
That is India’s moon-landing second. One of many biggest days in Indian sport. Overjoyed. Really feel like a toddler once more. #NeerajChopra
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 7, 2021
Anil Kumble was additionally a part of the congratulatory messages and so was Mithali Raj who mentioned that she couldn’t recover from the second.
Former Indian batsman and legend Yuvraj Singh additionally expressed his pleasure by tweeting.
Sure boy !! You probably did it . The nation salutes you 👏🏽🙋♂️ so happy with you 👏🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽! 🥇 @Neeraj_chopra1
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 7, 2021
MC Mary Kom chimed in saying that it was a historic medal.
Wrestler Sakshi Malik was wowed by Chopra’s inspiring efficiency.
Tokyo Olympics bronze medallist PV Sindhu congratulated Chopra.
Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar wrote in Hindi “Neeraj has made his javelin attain the solar.”
नीरज ने जैवेलिन को पहुंचाया सूरज तक!
India shines brighter right this moment due to you, Neeraj.
Your javelin carried the tricolour 🇮🇳 all the way in which and made it flutter with the delight of each Indian.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 7, 2021
How Chopra made the nation “shine brighter”
Chopra introduced his A-game from the primary spherical itself. Within the first spherical, Neeraj Chopra broke his qualification document and his throw was 87.03 m, the second throw was 87.58m, and the third throw was 76.79m. Neeraj Chopra’s second throw moved him to the second spherical. Within the second spherical, the first two throws from Chopra have been foul throws and the ultimate one was round 84 m.
Czech Republic throwers Jakub Vadlejch (86.67m) and Vitezslav Vesely (85.44m) took the silver and bronze respectively.
Chopra got here into the ultimate as a medal contender after topping the qualification spherical on Wednesday with a shocking first-round throw of 86.59m. However only some would have thought he would bludgeon his approach to gold in such a dominant vogue on the grandest of levels.
Not solely did he win India’s first gold medal on the Tokyo Olympics and ended his nation’s century-long wait of profitable a medal in athletics however he additionally grew to become the second-ever particular person athlete to win a gold medal for India on the mega-event. Shooter, Bindra was the primary particular person athlete who received a gold medal for India. Bindra had received on the 2008 Beijing Olympics.